Now’s the ideal time to consider investing in SELF-CLEANING glass – especially for your hard to reach windows or conservatory roofs.
Many people are making the switch this Autumn before the darker nights set in.
It saves you time, money and is safer than cleaning your own windows.
If you’re located in Torbay or Devon, please get in touch with us, we’re always happy to help.
In the meantime, here’s some of the questions we’re frequently asked:
Exactly what is self-cleaning glass?
This is normal glass with a special coating on the outside that has a unique dual-action. Once exposed to daylight, the coating firstly breaks down any organic dirt deposits and secondly, causes rainwater to ‘sheet’ down the glass to wash the loosened dirt away.
What effect does the coating have on the glass?
Very little, other than keeping it cleaner for longer! It has no effect on its strength and only reduces the amount of light and energy that passes through by about 5%. From certain angles it has a slightly greater reflective quality than normal glass, with an attractive faint blue tint, giving it a clearer, brighter appearance.
Can it be scratched or rubbed off?
The coating is integral to the glass – it will not flake off or discolour, so it can only be affected if the surface itself is damaged; for example, by pointed objects, abrasive cleaners or steel wool.
How long will the coating last? Can it be replaced?
The coating has been developed to last as long as the insulating glass unit itself. The coating is permanent and will not need re-applying.
Is it environmentally friendly?
Yes. The coating contains harmless chemical substances already found in the home, in items such as bath oils and toothpaste. In fact, because of the reduction in the use of detergents and fresh water needed to clean the glass, The Building Research Establishment has indicated that it is actually more beneficial to the environment than normal glass. What’s more, it also reduces maintenance costs.
Where can self-cleaning glass be used?
Almost any exterior application, such as windows, conservatories, façades and glass roofs, on any orientation (north, south, east or west facing). It can be installed vertically or at sloping angles of at least 10 degrees, but ideally 30 degrees or more to ensure good water flow. It is especially useful for inaccessible windows where organic dirt normally collects, such as skylights. The installation of self-cleaning glass reduces the need for awkward access equipment or taking risks to clean the glass.
Will my windows ever need cleaning?
We do not say that your windows will never need cleaning – that depends on the type and amount of dirt and the volume of rain the glass in your window receives. Self-cleaning glass significantly reduces the amount of maintenance required. If the glass is located in a position where the amount of material being deposited on the surface overwhelms the self-cleaning properties of the glass, or the glass is not flushed clean by the rain, then manual cleaning with a soft cloth or warm soapy water or hosing to replicate the rain may be required at more frequent intervals. Normally though, our Great British rainfall will be enough to keep your windows clean.