Glazing (glass or acrylic; clear vs. non-glare) preferences are simply a personal choice. However, it can also be critical to the preservation of your framed piece. We will work with you to determine which type of glazing best suits your project.
Below are descriptions of the Tru Vue glazing available for your framing project.
(This information comes directly from Tru Vue's website.)
Chart courtesy of Tru Vue Inc.
Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays, so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer. Museum glass is ideal:
For virtually invisible glazing that will enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels of all types of artwork, even posters.
For protecting valued diplomas or irreplaceable artwork against damage and fading caused by UV light.
For framing applications including shadow boxes, multiple mat or deep framing projects.
AR Reflection-Free® glass offers the same amazing clarity as Museum Glass®, but does not provide full Conservation Grade UV Protection. It blocks over 78% of harmful UV rays from both indoor and out. The result is enhanced colors, brightness and reflection-free viewing for optimal clarity. Anti-reflective glass is used;
For reflection-free viewing when conservation grade UV protection is not a concern.
To enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels.
Conservation Clear® picture framing glass offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry. Over time, exposure to indoor and outdoor UV light rays can contribute to fading and deterioration of art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Conservation Clear glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer. Conservation clear glass is ideal:
For any framing application, if reflection-free viewing is not important
For protection art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes against damage and fading caused by UV light
For protection for posters. The inks, papers and other materials used to create these prints are more likely to deteriorate at a faster pace than higher quality reproductions.
PREMIUM CLEAR (OR REGULAR)
Premium Clear glass is the highest quality regular framing glass available. It bllocks up to 45% UV light. This glass:
Works well in any presentation hung in a controlled lighting environment.
Can be used with any number of mats.
CONSERVATION REFLECTION CONTROL®
Conservation Reflection Control® glass enhances the beauty of artwork with a matte-like finish that scatters light to minimize unwanted glare. Additionally, it effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to help protect art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes from fading and deterioration caused by harmful UV light rays. Conservation non-glare glass is used:
To minimize glare while protecting art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes against harmful UV light rays.
On any framing project with up to two mats away from piece without significant resolution loss.
REFLECTION CONTROL (OR NON-GLARE)
Reflection Control® glass enhances the beauty of artwork with etched matte-like finish that scatters light to minimize unwanted glare. Non-glare glass is ideal:
For minimizing glare and reflection when UV protection is not a concern.
For use on any framing project with up to two mats away from artwork without significant resolution loss.
When security and weight is a factor, framing grade acrylic glazing is available in various degrees of UV protection and anti-glare similar to that of glass.