Lesson of the Day: Burning Facts about Glass Protection for Document Frames

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In most cases, you have not paid attention to the glass in your frames, including your photo, certificate, diploma, and other frames. Surprisingly, glass is an important element of the frame because it protects your special document against dirt, dust, sun, and other harmful materials.

Think of glass on a frame like sunscreen for people. People are supposed to wear sunscreen every day to protect their skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays even on those cold snowy winter days. The same goes for your special documents. If the frame is displayed in an area that has a lot of sunlight, it could be exposed to UV damage.

How does UV light affect documents?

Do you remember learning in science class about UV rays? When people do not protect themselves from UV rays, they get sunburn. When someone gets sunburn their skin turns red, raw, and starts to peel. In a way, the same thing starts to happen for documents exposed to the sun. The documents will turn a different color and start to fade rapidly.

Once sun damage happens to your diploma, certificate, photo or other document it can never be reversed. It is important to take the correct precautions to avoid damage to your document. Luckily, Church Hill Classics offers glass upgrade options on all of the frames. Below is an easy guide for choosing the correct glass upgrade for your document’s needs.

Glass Upgrade Options for diplomaframe.com frames

Clear standard glass is included for all diplomaframe.com frames with a document size up to 12” x 16”. For larger documents and oversized frame styles, Plexiglass is used to minimize the risk of damage in transit. Reflection Control eliminates any glare or reflection on the glass.

Where are the glass upgrade options on your website?

Every frame created by Church Hill Classics, whether on a bookstore page or on a Design Your Frame page, shows glass upgrade options. So, you could receive the maximum document protection with our premium glass selections.

Bookstore Page

You may upgrade your glass in the ‘Upgrade Glass” drop-down menu in the Customize Your Frame section (located on the right side of product).

Glass Upgrade Options for Bookstore Page on DiplomaFrame.com

Design Your Frame Page


On the Design Your Frame page, you can upgrade your glass by clicking on ‘Glass’ on the main customize menu.

Glass Upgrade Options for Design Your Frame Page on DiplomaFrame.com

Why is UV protection important for framed documents?

According to TruVue’s website, a leading manufacturer of glass specialized in the framing market, states a way to protect a framed document from irreversible damage from direct sunlight is by making sure the glass being used can block at least 97% of the UV rays.

An easy solution to protecting your document is opting for the UV protective glass. The clear standard glass is perfect for frames that are not in direct sunlight because it still protects the document from UV rays.

Is it just UV light that can damage my document?

UV light isn’t the only thing that can ruin your document. Below are some of the other elements that could be harmful when documents aren’t framed with protective glass:

  • Exposure to heat and humidity
  • Moisture
  • Soiling

Along with choosing the right glass for your frame, another thing to be aware of is having frame materials that are museum quality and meet the Library of Congress standards. This ensures top protection for preserving your diploma, photo, or other document.

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