Conservation framing is the presentation of art, photographs and other memorabilia in order to protect them using material and methods which prevent damage.  The process uses techniques which are reversible so that the artwork, photograph or object is unharmed if it needs to be removed from the frame.

Damage to art, photographs and memorabilia can occur without your knowledge. Two common slow processes which cause damage are acidic materials and UV bleaching.  Acid damage can make artworks and photographs brittle and cause the yellowing of white papers.  The lower the quality of paper the more likely it will discolour.  If you think of an old newspapers, it discolours quickly as they are designed to be disposable.  UV bleaching will also change the colour of the artwork, photograph or object.  The dyes and ink used will usually bleach out at different rates depending on their chemical nature.  For example some photo will fade to red others will fade to blue.

These risks can be controlled through choices available to you at Top Frames such as UV Glass, Acid-Free Backing and Acid-Free Matboards.

UV Glass

Picture framing glass comes with a UV rating expressed as a percentage of UV light blocked.  We offer many different glass products to suit your needs.  Of those that block a high percentage of UV light we recommend TrueVue UltraVue glass as it presents no reflection and blocks 70% of UV light.  If you are looking to block 99% of UV light we recommend using TrueVue Muesum Glass.


Acid-Free Backing and Acid-Free Matboard

Top Frames uses acid-free foamboard as standard backing. Our foamboard has a high density polystyrene core and is covered on each side with a pH neutral matte surface paper.   This provides physical protection and an acid-free surface.

We can provide AlphaRag acid-free matboards which are 100% cotton and museum quality.  These matboards are pH neutral and come in a full assortment of colours which allows you to present and protect your artwork, photographs or memorabilia.

We can provide obligation free quotes for both standard framing and conservation framing for you to consider protecting your artworks, photos and memorabilia.

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