Glazing - Glass - Acrylic
Glazing is the generic term for the glass or acrylic used to cover and protect artwork in a picture frame. Although neither material is perfect for all art framing, both have advantages and disadvantages. You can read more about that in our Glass vs. Acrylic article.
The primary purpose of glazing in art framing is to protect the work of art from damaging factors such as temperature, moisture, pollutants and touch damage. Glazing can also offer protection against UV radiation.
Framing glass is the traditional material for glazing a framed artifact such as a painting or photograph. Despite its weight and relative fragility, many art lovers still prefer the luster and sheen of genuine glass. We offer high quality clear framing glass, two millimeters thick. Glass has the advantage of being typically less expensive than acrylic. It is also very stiff and will not bow. In addition, glass will not generally build up static charges like acrylic, which can attract dust into the framing package.
Acrylic, including the trade names PLEXIGLAS® and ACRYLITE®, offers the beautiful clarity of the finest picture frame glazing, without the heaviness or breakability of glass. It is a safer alternative at much less weight than glass, many times more resistant to impact, and easier to handle. It is safe for use in childrens rooms, schools, sports arenas, and with irreplaceable artwork. Acrylic is more optically pure than glass and does not have a green tint.