Preservation Framing designates the use of materials and procedures that do not alter the condition of the item. Preservation Framing helps protect the item from anticipated hazards. Preservation Framing is completely reversible, without the use of invasive treatments.

Picture framing is an artform that provides a context for the artwork to project itself.  Picture framing also serves to help protect the artwork from the harmful effects of our environment including, UV light and pollutants.  If Preservation Framing is your goal, then please read on.

Preservation Framing Features

BACK MAT/MOUNTING BOARD: The backing material provides a solid foundation on which to mount the artwork.  Preservation Framing standards require that the backing should be alpha cellulose (100% cotton or purified wood pulp).  Buffered mats recommended for most items. The technique used to attach the artwork to the backing must be completely reversible. Permanent fixing methods will devalue the artwork.

MATTING: It keeps the glass from contacting the artwork.  Preservation quality boards are alpha cellulose (100% cotton or purified wood pulp).  Buffered  mats are recommended for most items. Acid-free buffered ligninbearing wood pulp mat boards are not suitable for preservation framing.  These Lower quality mats my damage and promote the deterioration of artwork. A Framer’s Touch uses reversible mounting techniques when mounting mats to artwork.  This ensures that the artwork will not be damaged if you should ever replace the mat for any reason.

GLAZING: Its usually in the form or glass or acrylic.  An airspace of at least 1/8" is recommend between the glazing and the artwork.  Glazing provides a barrier between the artwork and damaging outside environment.  Preservation quality glazing products have a minimum of 98% UV filtering in the 300-380 nm range while allowing light to pass undistorted, all the while protecting, yet maintaining the richness of color and sharpness of viewing.  Light, particularly Ultra Violet light, will promote chemical changes that often results in the degradation of paper and fading.  Its effects are irreversible.

The best quality glazing will also have anti reflective properties.  Below are the types of glazing that is commonly available on the market today.

  • Premium Clear Glass is an affordable option that will protect your art from dust and dirt but will not protect it from ultraviolet rays from florescent lighting and the sun. It is also highly reflective preventing you from clearly viewing your art.
  • Non-Glare Glass is glass that has been etched on one or both sides that diffuses the light to reduce the glare. This type of glass gives a matte look to your art but will also dull the image under the glass, especially if there are multiple mats. Normal Non-Glare glass also does not protect your art from harmful UV rays.
  • Conservation Glass also known as Preservation Glass filters up to 97% of Ultra-Violet rays that can cause irreversible fading and damage to your art. Conservation glass allows a high level of light to pass through for optimum viewing and clarity. This glass is recommended for use on any art that is important or valuable. You can also get Conservation Glass with a Non-Glare coating.
  • Museum Glass blocks out almost all ultraviolet light and has an Anti-Reflective coating which virtually eliminates all glare. It has been so finely manufactured that this glass looks almost invisible. It is used by many museums. This is the ultimate glazing option!
  • Acrylic or PlexiGlas is not really glass at all, it is a form of hard plastic that is much lighter than glass. Acrylic is almost impossible to break and can be treated with ultraviolet filter to protect the work of art. Yet, acrylic surfaces have a propensity for attracting dust because of static electricity, and will scratch easily.  Acrylic cannot be cleaned with regular glass cleaners.