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Picture framing has been a cherished art form for centuries, with glass playing a pivotal role in protecting cherished images, artworks, and memories. Traditional glass, with its smooth surface and crystal clarity, has long been the go-to medium to not just protect, but also to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the artwork within the frame. However, as with all things traditional, glass has had its own share of limitations, including its fragility, weight, and the potential safety hazards it can pose.
Enter the age of acrylic picture frame glass, an innovative alternative that is revolutionising the framing industry. Acrylic, particularly clear acrylic or Perspex, has risen in popularity in recent years, marrying the visual appeal of traditional glass with an array of practical benefits. Offering advantages such as cost-effectiveness, increased safety, and impressive durability that traditional glass lacks, acrylic has become an attractive option for framing enthusiasts and professionals alike.
When we talk about picture framing, the term “glass” often comes to mind. However, the material we’re spotlighting today isn’t glass at all, but rather an exceptional substitute known as acrylic. Clear Perspex Acrylic is a type of plastic that boasts a glass-like clarity, making it an ideal choice for preserving and presenting treasured images and artwork.
Also known as plexiglass or Perspex, acrylic glass was developed in the early 20th century and has since been embraced across various industries due to its versatile and resilient nature. In the world of picture framing, it offers a compelling alternative to traditional glass.
But what makes acrylic so advantageous over traditional glass? The answer lies in its properties. Acrylic is lightweight, shatter-resistant, and offers 92% light transmission, making it even clearer than standard glass. This translates to reduced risks of breakage during transportation or installation, as well as a clearer, more vibrant display for your framed items. Moreover, its resistance to yellowing and the harmful effects of UV light helps protect your art or photographs from fading, keeping them looking pristine for longer.
The strength and lightweight nature of acrylic also make it suitable for large artworks or frames where traditional glass could become dangerously heavy. Additionally, for public spaces like galleries or museums where safety is a prime concern, acrylic’s shatter-resistant properties prove to be a major advantage.
While the advantages of acrylic over traditional glass are clear, it’s important to note that not all acrylic is the same. Various types of acrylic sheets offer unique properties that can enhance your framing experience in different ways. Let’s explore some of the options available.
Clear Perspex Acrylic Sheets offer a clean, modern look with all the advantages of traditional glass but without the drawbacks. These sheets are lightweight, up to 10 times more resistant to impact than glass, and offer outstanding light transmission, resulting in vibrant, clear displays. The UV resistance also helps protect your artwork from fading. Ideal for all kinds of framing projects, Clear Perspex Acrylic Sheets are perfect for general use in both residential and commercial settings.
The Clear Cast Perspex Acrylic Sheet offers all the benefits of Clear Perspex but with an added advantage: it’s specifically designed to provide a higher level of clarity and light transmission. It also exhibits greater resistance to weathering and aging, making it an ideal choice for frames that may be exposed to harsh light conditions or need to withstand the test of time.
Finally, the Anti-Reflective Polycarbonate Sheet combines the best of both worlds. It has the anti-reflective properties of the aforementioned sheet, but it’s made from polycarbonate, making it even more resistant to impact. This is an excellent choice for high-traffic areas or for frames that need an extra level of protection, such as in children’s rooms or public spaces.
For frames displayed in brightly lit areas, glare can often be a problem. This is where the Anti-Reflective Acrylic Sheet comes into play. These sheets reduce reflections and glare, ensuring that your artwork can be seen clearly, regardless of lighting conditions. They maintain the same durability and lightweight properties of regular acrylic, making them a superb choice for galleries, museums, or any location with strong lighting.
Ready to transform your picture framing experience? Discover our range of acrylic products. Whether you need a Clear Perspex Acrylic Sheet for its excellent clarity and durability, a Clear Cast Perspex Acrylic Sheet for enhanced light transmission, an Anti-Reflective Acrylic Sheet to eliminate glare, or an Anti-Reflective Polycarbonate Sheet for high-impact resistance, you’ll find the perfect match for your framing needs on our website. Make the switch to acrylic picture frame glass today and experience the benefits for yourself.
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