Picture Frame Glass

Selection and Replacement

Picture Frame Glass is an important consideration in the picture framing process. It's main purpose is to protect the artwork from humidity, heat and everyday atmospheric conditions.

Frame Today have a wide range of glass and acrylic available, providing you with a glazing solution for all needs and budgets.

Clear glass

Clear float glass is the most common choice of glass for picture framing due to its availability and low cost. Clear glass will protect against dust and marks but provides no ultra-violet (UV) protection.

Clear glass is used for reproduction prints, posters and artwork of little value or importance.

Non-Reflective glass

Non-reflective glass or non-glare glass is etched on one side to diffuse reflection. It is this non-reflective property that ensures you can see your artwork, even when hung in an area with lots of light. It is important to note that non-reflective glass does not reflect UV light and therefore provides no protection against UV light fading.

Non-reflective glass is suitable for most reproduction prints, posters and artwork of little value or importance which is likely to hang on a wall with reflective light. It is not recommended for pictures with fine detail since some clarity is lost. This loss of clarity is further emphasised when the glass is spaced away from the artwork, such as when mat boards or spacers are used.

UV Conservation Clear Glass

Clear Conservation UV glass is used to protect art and objects of importance from fading when framed. The UV glass we use cuts out 99% of ultra violet light, protecting your valuable artwork from UV light fading.

We recommend using UV conservation glass when the artwork being framed is important, valuable or irreplaceable.

UV Non-Reflective glass

Non-reflective Conservation UV glass has the same ultra violet protective properties as clear Conservation UV glass with the addition of an etched side to diffuse reflection.

We recommend using non-reflective UV conservation glass when the artwork being framed is important, valuable or irreplaceable and is likely to be hung on a wall with reflective light.

Museum glass

Museum glass is the premium glass that offers 99% of UV protection and less than 1% reflection. Museum glass has the highest brightness and contrast levels available and an optical coating for true colour transmission. In fact, it’s near invisible!

This premium museum glass is ideal for dimensional and object framing or when framing is spaced away from the glass, providing a non-reflective finish. 


Clear acrylic and non-reflective acrylic are suitable alternatives to glass, offering a lightweight and shatterproof option. As with standard clear and non-reflective glass, there are no UV protective qualities.

Acrylic is a safe option for oversized frames or areas with safety concerns. It is not recommended for pastels or charcoals because of the static electric charge acrylic holds which can cause dust particles to stick to the surface and detract from the clarity of the image.

UV Low Reflective Acrylic

A low-reflective UV acrylic provides the ultimate glazing protection for picture framing; providing 99% UV protection and less than 1% reflection.

Due to its lightweight and shatterproof nature, along with its anti-static properties, it is ideal for pastels and charcoal art work needing protection from ultra violet light and a non-reflective finish. It is for this reason that it is used in museums and art galleries worldwide.

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