Yes there is such a thing as low-maintenance self-cleaning glass and yes, it does really work, but how does it work, are they any different from your standard double-glazing and can you save money?
If these are the questions you’re asking then you have come to the right place, as we’ve done all the research for you to help you decide whether self-cleaning windows are right for you.
So, how does it work?
On the outside of the glass, a transparent coating is added, which helps to effectively remove dirt and grime. When the sun is out (which is a rarity in the UK) the coating helps to decompose the organic dirt so that it doesn’t stick to the surface of the glass. When the rain comes down, the coating changes to become ‘hydrophilic’, this simply means that the rain sheets across, rather than forming droplets. This action helps to break down dirty residues left on the windows.
Thankfully, the sun doesn’t need to be cracking the flags for it to start kicking into action. Only a little bit of daylight is needed for the self-cleaning function to work, meaning that a simple rinse of water over your windows will help keep them clean.
What are the benefits?
Without hesitation, the first and best benefit has to be that you don’t have to clean your windows as much as you would do with normal glass. While they aren’t 100% maintenance free, most of the hard work is done for you as it uses natural elements to keep them clean.
And not only do you save on time, you will also save on money that would normally go to your window cleaner, or on cleaning equipment if you do them yourself. Bonus! Plus, you will also be doing your bit for the environment too as you won’t be out purchasing detergents and using up water from the tap to clean.
Further benefits that aren’t as obvious are that self-cleaning windows are ideal for locations that are difficult to reach, such as windows in the roof of the house or the conservatory roof.
The coating that is added to your windows will also last the lifetime of the window too, which means you save money in the long run and don’t have to keep replacing it.
Most people think that self-cleaning glass has a tint over it when the coating is applied, which can make a room look rather dull; however, this isn’t the case. Self-cleaning glass is the same as standard glass, just with the added benefits and savings!
If you are a keen saver and always try to do your bit around the home to make it as cost effective as possible, you will be glad to know that the self-cleaning coating can be applied to double glazed windows, as well as on most other energy efficient windows such as safety or solar glass.
Win win all round!
Ian Shaw from www.morleyglass.co.uk provided this article. Ian is an expert on all aspects of glazing in residential and commercial properties. He also takes a keen interest in advising people on eco-friendly construction methods via informative articles for various websites.