Whether you are a frame store owner, an artist or a DIY framer, choosing the right mat board is crucial to the presentation and preservation of your art. A low quality mat can actually damage your artwork over time.
When you are selecting matting and framing supplies for your next project, here are four features to look for in your mat board supplier:
1. Acid Free and Lignin Free Products
To prevent mat burn, or browning at the edges of your work, select a vendor who offers 100% acid free, lignin free, pH neutral mats. Acid free and lignin free mats use a calcium carbonate buffering process to remove harmful chemicals from the material. This ensures long term preservation of framed paintings, drawing, posters and photographs.
2. Careful Shipping
If your mat board arrives damaged, then it won’t be useful for your framing and mounting projects. When working with a mat board supplier, look for a seller offering reinforced shipping cartons. Leading mat board suppliers will shrink-wrap mats and then pad the corners of each shipment with corrugated cardboard, to ensure safe, damage-free delivery. Bulk shipments should be delivered on pallets to minimize cost and prevent damages en route.
3. Wholesale Pricing and Bulk Discounts
Why pay a middle man if you don’t have to? Purchasing mat board directly from a manufacturer saves you dollars off of each order. If you are buying a bulk quantity of mats for resale or a large project, then look for a manufacturer who provides bulk discount options for even greater savings.
4. Manufactured in the U.S.
Purchase mat board from a U.S. manufacturer to support an independent, family-owned business. BD MatBoard is one of the only U.S.-based mat board manufacturers. Show your support for small U.S. businesses and jobs by purchasing from a independent supplier, who is also competitive on pricing.