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FAQs

Are high or low temperatures damaging to works of art?

High temperatures should be avoided. Keeping materials in cold storage slows down aging processes, and high temperature conditions cause organic materials to age faster. Fluctuating temperatures lead to variations in relative humidity, which poses a serious risk to works of art. Learn More About ...

What are the advantages of laminated glass?

When glass shatters, shards and splinters are likely to tear into framed works. Laminated glass functions like auto windshield glass, holding the sheet together and limiting potential damage. UV blocking material is often added to the laminating layer, making laminated glass a very useful ...

Does acrylic become yellow over time?

No. Or if it does, the yellowing is undetectable by the human eye. Years ago, after long exposure to light, acrylic yellowed. This hasn’t been true for acrylic manufactured in the past several decades.

Which is better for framing: glass or acrylic?

UV blocking acrylic is excellent: virtually unbreakable, lightweight and inexpensive. It is the most commonly used glazing material for preservation framing. But with its advantages come some problems such as static charge and distorted reflections. There are a number of other issues and options though. ...

Do all light sources do equal damage to art materials?

No. Sunlight is the brightest light source with the most UV. Fluorescent lights, including CFLs, can cause significant UV damage as well. Tungsten incandescent lamps emit very little UV, but tungsten halogen lamps often emit significant UV. LEDs emit no UV but there is ...

How does “preservation framing” differ from regular commercial framing?

The basic issues are materials and methods. Preservation methods typically take longer, require a more experienced practitioner and should be continually reviewed to conform to current standards in the conservation field. The materials of preservation framing are chosen to be benign in proximity to ...

Do you frame art from periods other than modern and contemporary?

Yes we do, though our primary focus has been in framing works of art from the Impressionist period forward. We are called upon occasionally to frame earlier European works, especially when conservation concerns are pre-eminent. Photography, from its inception through the present, is one ...

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