What type of glass should I use?
Well that really depends on the look you want, or how much Ultra Violet protection you want for your work. But remember, when considering reflection control, there is no such thing as a non-reflective glass, all glass reflects to differing degrees. We explain the different types below.
This is referred to as picture glass, being a 2mm thick clear float glass, usually supplied in sheets of 48 x 36ins. This is the maximum size we like to use for this glass, beyond that we use a 3mm thickness. This is the most popularly used glass that provides good contrast, but no UV light protection. The negative aspect is that it reflects badly in harsh light conditions making it difficult to see the image. This is particularly true with large pieces.
In our view this product is wrongly named as no glass is completely non-reflective. This glass is a 2mm float glass that has been etched on one side. Its benefit is that it does help seeing the image underneath in harsh light conditions but reduces the contrast. Pale or low contrast images are not helped by this glass but things like maps, where you want to be able to see detail, are improved.
Ultra Violet (UV) Protection Glass
This is the first level of glass to offer protection to your image. It does not reduce glare but does offer 99% UV filtration with its one side UV coating on a 2.5mm glass. This glass does not degrade or delaminate over time and will stop your images fading. Ideal where reflection control is not an issue but artwork protection is.
Waterwhite Reflection Control Glass
For an almost invisible glass where no UV protection is required this is the glass of choice. When compared to standard glass, pictures will look as if they don’t have glass in, showing them to their maximum potential.
This is a generic term so called because this is the grade of choice for many museums. This is the top-end glass where you want both a waterwhite clear reflection control and UV protection. Your images will look fantastic, as if they have no glass and at the same time be protected from damaging UV light. For expensive or irreplaceable artwork, mementoes or just memories, this has to be the glass of choice.
If size or weight (or both) are an issue then you might want to consider using a Plastic ‘Glass’. Although more expensive than standard glass, plastic alternatives can be beneficial if you are transporting an item and you either want to keep the weight down or don’t want standard glass breaking. Also beneficial for Public Places, Schools etc where safety is a consideration. The benefits of Plastic ‘Glass’ are that it is safer and lighter than standard glass but against are that it is more expensive to buy and cut and that it scratches easily.
All these types of glass are available from stock.