Art work is among the list of items that requires special handling and storage. One of the things that threatens art the most is extreme temperatures, which is why having climate control is so important when considering fine art storage. Moisture and extreme heat can wreak havoc on precious pieces of art, but luckily, there are ways that you can protect your investments from those conditions.
Effects of Heat on Artworks
When there is moisture in the air, there’s greater chance of damage, especially for paintings and canvas artwork. As the heat in a storage unit changes, the amount of moisture in the air changes as well.
There are several types of distortions that excessive heat and moisture can cause when artwork is improperly stored, including dimensional changes, chemical reactions, and biodeterioration.
Possible dimensional changes include warping, cracking, loss of surface material or even the breaking of fibers. The materials used in paintings and canvas works can absorb or release moisture. If the temperature in the unit isn’t controlled and changes frequently and rapidly, the painting or canvas can undergo dimensional changes. Possible dimensional changes include warping, cracking, loss of surface material or even the breaking of fibers.
Chemical reactions can affect the pigments in paint, the surface of a photograph. Heat and moisture in a storage unit can even cause metal to corrode and weaken.
Biodeterioration is one way of saying that mold can grow. When this happens in an area where artwork is stored, it can stain paintings. Not only that, moldhas the capacity to destroy paper, canvas and paint, resulting in irreparable damage.
Climate controlled storage is the best way to protect your prized possessions. A storage company like Museo Vault understands the potential effects that improper temperatures can have on your artwork and it is for those reasons that the company uses climate control technology to keep art collections safe from moisture and heat damage.
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