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Premier Self-Cleaning Glass Supplier

Our self-cleaning glass is an epitome of advanced technology, featuring a titanium dioxide coating. This coating is dual-action: it's photocatalytic (activated by light) and hydrophilic (water-loving). When exposed to UV light, the coating generates a chemical reaction, breaking down organic material on the glass surface. This process is not only efficient in cleaning but also environmentally friendly as it reduces the need for chemical cleaners​

Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Window Coating

Our range includes both hydrophilic and hydrophobic coatings for self-cleaning windows. These advanced coatings enhance the self-cleaning properties, ensuring long-lasting clarity and minimal maintenance.

The Benefits of Self-Cleaning Glass in Commercial Spaces

Cost-Effective Self-Cleaning Glass Solutions

Implementing our self-cleaning glass windows in commercial spaces significantly cuts down on maintenance costs and effort, making them an ideal choice for businesses looking to optimise operations.

Eco-Friendly Self-Cleaning Windows

Our self-cleaning glass windows align with environmental standards by reducing the need for chemical cleaners, promoting a safer and more sustainable approach to window maintenance.

Air-Purifying Features of Self-Cleaning Glass

Our self-cleaning glass not only cleans itself but also contributes to air quality improvement, thanks to its pollution-reducing photocatalytic properties.

Self-Cleaning Glass Windows in Diverse Industries

Self-cleaning glass is versatile, finding applications in residential and non-residential construction, solar panels, and the automotive sector. Our self-cleaning glass windows are especially beneficial in sectors where cleanliness and maintenance are crucial.

Choose Ipswich Glass for Your Self-Cleaning Glass Needs

Contact us to discover how our self-cleaning glass windows can revolutionise your business space with innovative, sustainable, and efficient glass solutions.

Explore the Extensive Glassware Collection at Ipswich Glass

Ipswich Glass takes pride in offering an expansive array of glass products that marry elegance with practicality to cater to diverse requirements. Our collection boasts energy-efficient selections such as single glazed, double glazed, and triple glazed glass, complemented by innovative Switchable Privacy Glass and Low E Glass for enhanced insulation. The range extends to specialised aesthetics like Sunburst Georgian Grille Glass, Decorative Lead Glass, Bevelled Glass Panels, and vibrant Stained Glass. We also provide practical solutions including Fire Rated Glass, Acoustic Glass, Wired Glass, as well as UV-Blocking and Mirrored Glass. Additionally, for those desiring distinctive textures and hues, we offer Sandblasted, Coloured Glass, Crackle Glass, and Textured Glass. Our bespoke services include Glass Shelves Cut to Size, Self Cleaning Glass, Solar Control Glass, Georgian Bar Glass, Bespoke Lead Design Glass, and Mirror Cut To Size, ensuring a tailored and comprehensive service to meet all your glass-related needs. Completing our offerings are high-quality windows and doors, including various window styles and an array of door options like UPVC windows, aluminium doors, and composite doors, each available with custom design possibilities.

FAQs

Is Self-Cleaning Glass Any Good?  

Self-cleaning glass is highly effective for use in hard-to-reach places and for reducing the frequency of cleaning required. It's particularly beneficial for large glass facades, skylights, and conservatories where regular cleaning might be challenging. The technology behind self-cleaning glass allows it to break down organic dirt through a photocatalytic process and rinse away inorganic dirt with rain, reducing streaks and water spots.

Disadvantages of Self-Cleaning Glass  

  • Cost: It's generally more expensive than standard glass due to the advanced technology involved in its manufacturing.

  • Efficiency: The effectiveness can be limited under certain conditions. For example, it requires exposure to sunlight to activate the self-cleaning properties and may not perform as well on the north side of buildings or in shaded areas.

  • Maintenance: While reduced, maintenance is not eliminated. Stubborn stains may still require manual cleaning.

Can You Buy Self-Cleaning Glass?  

Yes, self-cleaning glass is commercially available and can be purchased from specialised manufacturers and suppliers, including Ipswich Glass. Ipswich Glass is renowned for being a manufacturer and supplier of high-quality glass products, catering to both residential and commercial buildings. Our range includes advanced self-cleaning glass options designed to offer convenience and reduce maintenance needs. For those interested in incorporating this innovative glass technology into their projects, Ipswich Glass provides a reliable and quality-assured source.

How Long Does It Take for Self-Cleaning Glass to Activate?  

The activation time for self-cleaning glass depends on the amount of UV light exposure. It can start working within a few days of installation, but optimal performance is typically achieved after several days of sunlight exposure.

How Does Self-Clean Glass Work?  

Self-cleaning glass works through two primary mechanisms:

  1. Photocatalytic: The glass is coated with a thin layer of titanium dioxide, which acts as a catalyst when activated by UV light from the sun. This process breaks down organic materials on the glass surface.

  1. Hydrophilic: After the organic dirt is broken down, the coating makes the glass hydrophilic, meaning water spreads evenly across the surface, helping to wash away the disintegrated dirt and reducing streaking.

Why Is Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide Used in Self-Cleaning Glass?  

Nanoscale titanium dioxide is used because its photocatalytic properties are maximised at this scale, enhancing the glass's ability to break down organic materials when exposed to UV light. Its nanoscale also ensures that the coating is transparent and does not affect the glass's clarity.

Is Self-Cleaning Glass Sustainable?  

Self-cleaning glass can be considered more sustainable than traditional glass due to its reduced need for chemical cleaners and the less frequent cleaning required, saving water and reducing environmental impact over time.

How Do Self-Cleaning Skylights Work?  

Self-cleaning skylights work in the same way as other self-cleaning glass surfaces. The titanium dioxide coating reacts with sunlight to break down dirt, and the hydrophilic nature of the coating allows rain to wash the dirt away effectively.

Is There an Eco-Friendly Glass?  

Yes, there are eco-friendly glass options available, including recycled glass and glass products designed to improve energy efficiency in buildings. Self-cleaning glass can also be considered eco-friendly due to its reduced maintenance requirements.

What Silicone Is Used for Self-Cleaning Glass?  

Silicone sealants used with self-cleaning glass are typically those that do not hinder the self-cleaning process. They are often neutral cure silicones, which are less likely to degrade under UV exposure and do not release substances that could interfere with the glass's photocatalytic properties.

Does a Self-Cleaning Oven Clean the Glass?  

Self-cleaning ovens use high temperatures to incinerate food residue inside the oven, including the glass door. While effective for the interior, the glass may not become as clean as other parts due to its cooler temperature and might still require manual cleaning for perfect clarity.

What Is the Minimum Pitch for Self-Cleaning Glass?  

The minimum pitch for self-cleaning glass to work effectively is typically around 10 degrees. This angle ensures that rainwater can effectively wash away the dirt that the photocatalytic process has broken down.

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