What is the Difference Between Glass and Acrylic?

Framing artwork involves more than just a frame and a couple of nails. It also involves the framing glass, which doesn’t always necessarily have to be glass — it can be acrylic, too! Choosing the framing material is an important consideration as it can both protect the artwork and allow you to view the piece unhindered (or hindered, depending on which you choose). There are many different types, all offering their own benefits: specially made glass can feature anti-reflective properties or UV protection. Similarly, acrylic can be made with UV filters or non-glare properties. However, each glazing material has its drawbacks. Glass can easily shatter and it is heavy; acrylic, on the other hand, can build up static and is easily scratched, so care must be taken when cleaning. Whichever framing material you choose, it is best to weigh all options — and ask yourself the right questions — before making a decision.