Following are some common questions we receive:
why is custom framing so expensive?
Contrary to what most people believe, framing does not always have to be costly. There are many variables that determine the cost of a framing project. Framing is an art that must be done primarily by hand with the aid of specialized machines. Getting the job done right requires personal attention to every detail in the step-by-step process.
Framing costs are determined by the size of the piece and the materials used. It seems strange that an inexpensive poster would cost a lot to frame, but it takes the same amount of materials to frame a 24" x 36" poster as it would an original piece of the same size.
Another factor involved in pricing are the materials chosen for a given project. We have a very large range of moulding prices from $4.00 per foot to $100 plus.
There are many less-expensive alternatives to traditional framing available and we'd be happy to show them to you.
why does custom framing take so long?
Custom framing takes care and attention to detail. The reasons an order takes two weeks are many. Some mouldings we have in stock, but unlike most frameshops who only order from one or two suppliers, we order from more than twenty distributors spread from Canada to California, and our mouldings originate from all over the world. If necessary we can rush an order for you and have it done when you need it. We have done orders as fast as one day or even one hour!
But-- as with many things of quality, the extra time is needed to assure our customers that they are getting a product that they will enjoy for many years to come.
why is it important to frame it right the first time?
Sometimes shortcuts end up costing more. Cutting corners in a framing project can have disastrous results. For example, if an improper acidic mat is used on a piece of value it can destroy the art. If glass is set directly on the artwork or photo, eventually it will stick. If a poster is not dry mounted when it is first framed, after a short period of time the humidity in the air will cause the poster to ripple. (Original art, on the other hand, should never be dry mounted.)
At FrameStyles, we believe in doing things right the first time. We never use corrugated cardboard or acidic materials behind a piece of art, and we highly recommend acid-free matboard in most cases.
If you have previously-framed pieces you feel are in danger, please bring them in for repair. You would be surprised what a few repairs can do to improve the look of your piece.