Framing your photos sounds like an easy task. Getting a good result is anything but that. I know this from personal experience. Even when taking a print to a “professional framer” it is easy to get a result that 10 years later will prove to be less than ideal.
About a month ago I decided to change the framer I was using, as it had changed owners and recent work was not up to the standard I expect to pass onto my clients. So I started the process of looking for a replacement framer, and this is when I learnt how little I knew about framing and what questions to ask of a framer. So I did a ton of research; I spoke to a number of professional framers and scoured the internet.
The biggest discovery I made is that most framers, despite having multiple options for the types of glass, varieties of mat boards and backing boards, and different mounting techniques did not educate their clients to these options and therefore clients didn’t know there was an alternative choice. Most framers helped their clients chose a frame style and a colour for their mat board. They then picked the most inexpensive choices for the remaining options. This meant that almost every client went home with 2mm standard clear glass and other materials that are not designed to preserve photos over time. This means that prints that were professionally framed less than 20 years ago had faded significantly over time.
If you are a type A personality and want to understand all the options for each part of the framing process, I suggest you read the whole post. If you would rather read just my recommendations, read the first 2 sections and then scroll to the bottom of the post and read the last 2 sections on advice for choosing a framer and final recommendations for framing your photos.