We use UV-filtering acrylic for all frames, except Canvas which does not require any glass, and Max Plexibox which is made from Lucite. You can also design your frame with no acrylic, although this means your piece will not be protected from the elements.
UV-filtering acrylic has become the industry standard among art sellers and galleries. Acrylic is lighter than glass, scratch-resistant, and shatter-resistant. It also provides more UV protection and less glare than glass.
Our standard Acrylic filters ~85-89% of UV and 92% of light. We offer upgrades to Non-Glare Acrylic, 99% UV Acrylic, and Tru Vue Optium.
What are my glazing options?
UV Acrylic–Our Standard Acrylic filters up to 82-85% of UV rays. This is our default acrylic.
Non-Glare Acrylic–We recommend Non-Glare Acrylic for images that will be across from windows or hung in a very bright space, to reduce the amount of reflection off of your piece. This acrylic filters up to 82-85% of UV rays and has an intentional soft focus to it that helps cut down on the glare. This soft-focus can give a fuzzy appearance. Not available for floated or shadowboxed frames.
99% UV Acrylic–We recommend 99% UV Acrylic for pieces that will hang in a very bright area of very sunny climates, and artwork made from non-archival mediums that may be highly affected by exposure to sunlight.
99% UV Non-Glare Acrylic–We recommend 99% Non-Glare Acrylic for images that will be across from windows or hung in a very bright space, to decrease the amount of reflection off of your piece and for artwork that requires the maximum amount of UV protection. This acrylic has an intentional soft focus to it that helps cut down on the glare. This soft-focus can give a fuzzy appearance. Not available for floated or shadowboxed frames.
Tru Vue Optium Museum-Quality Acrylic–If you are looking for the highest standard possible, we suggest using Optium Museum Acrylic® by Tru Vue, Inc. for your project. Tru Vue Acrylic is anti-reflective, anti-static, scratch-resistant and 99% UV filtering.
No Acrylic–If you'd like your piece without acrylic just let us know! While we do offer framing without Acrylic, this means your art will not be protected from the elements. Recommended for 2-D canvas or interactive art (such as scratch-off or color-in maps).