Amazing as it sounds, there really is a type of glass with a surface that enables it to keep itself clean of dirt and grime.
Intensive research by glass manufacturers has led to the development of self-cleaning glass that utilises rainwater in its cleansing process. And there’s also glass with hydrophilic coatings based on titanium dioxide that can chemically break down absorbed dirt in sunlight.
As a result of this ground-breaking glass technology, you can enjoy low maintenance windows, doors, conservatories and orangeries.
How does self-cleaning glass work?
Self-cleaning glass keeps itself free of organic dirt, giving you windows that are clearer and require less cleaning. By organic dirt, we mean debris from plants and creatures such as sap, pollen, leaf litter, and bird droppings.
The coating on self-cleaning glass breaks down any organic dirt as well as preventing inorganic dirt from adhering to its surface. When it rains, the special coating causes the droplets of water to spread out and form a sheet. This sheet picks up dirt particles, and they are washed away.
The sheeting effect means you get a clear view outside even when it’s raining. During prolonged dry spells, it’s advisable to hose down self-cleaning glass. And unlike normal glass, there’s no surface streaking.
Is everything cleaned away?
There are some substances like paint and dust from construction work that are not so easily repelled by self-cleaning glass. However, a robust hosing down of the glass should remove most stains.
How long does self-cleaning glass last?
The self-cleaning glass coating will last the lifetime of your double glazing. It’s not something that will wear away or be rubbed off. The only way it can be damaged is by using something highly abrasive on the surface.
Self-cleaning glass is a good long-term investment as over the course of its lifetime it can save vast amounts of time and money, offering reduced window cleaning bills. It’s also kind to the environment, cutting down the need for water and detergents.
Where can self-cleaning glass be fitted?
Self-cleaning glass can be used for windows, doors, conservatories and orangeries. While it can be installed in any exterior capacity, it’s advisable not to fit it under an overhang or where it won’t be exposed to rain and daylight.
It’s ideal for windows that are not easy to access, conservatory roofs and other areas
that are difficult to clean. And it’s perfect for skylights that are prone to accumulating lots of organic dirt.
Can you combine it with other features such as thermal insulation?
Self-cleaning glass can be combined with other glass products such as thermal insulation, noise reduction, solar control and fire protection. For areas requiring additional security or safety, self-cleaning glass can also be toughened or laminated.
All in all, it’s a flexible and highly effective product that will ensure the glass in your windows, doors and conservatories stays cleaner for longer. Plus, less dirt and grime will stick to the glass, so if you do have to do any cleaning, it will be faster and easier.
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