Plastic Picture Frames vs Other Materials
Advice from Guide4Home's online Framery
Framing artwork behind plastic has its good points and it’s not so good points. To help you make your own mind up, here we list the pros and cons of plastic picture frames compared to those made with glass.
The advantages of plastic picture frames
It is lighter than glass, therefore easier to hang.
Plastic will not break or shatter as easily as glass.
Acrylic picture frames will filter out more of the harmful ultra violet light that can fade and damage colored prints. In fact, some specially-prepared acrylics can filter out around ninety per cent of this radiation.
Pictures framed behind plastic and acrylic will need cleaning more often than those in a glass frame. This is because the static electricity that can build up on the surface of plastic has a tendency to attract large amounts of dust and dirt.
The disadvantages of plastic frames
Acrylic is usually more expensive to buy than glass.
The surface of a plastic picture frame is unlikely to be as ‘flat’ as a glass frame, and therefore may not reflect light as well.
Although plastic is harder to break than glass, it is more likely to scratch.