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Clean up your Act with Self-Cleaning Glass

By Bronwen E. Roberts

With homes in Britain now re-appearing from the murk of winter; demanding to be restored to their pristine glory, the prospect of having windows and glass roofs that always look sparkling will be hard for any homeowner to resist. Pilkington, Britain's biggest glass manufacturer produces a self-cleaning glass that is low-maintenance! In a country that is home improvement crazy, Pilkington Activ™ has provided thousands with the ultimate home solution.

Hearing about Pilkington Activ™ for the first time, the reaction is often one of disbelief, quickly followed by fascination, and the words 'I want it!' Now installed in thousands of homes throughout the world, and some very impressive commercial projects, Pilkington Activ™ works by using a special, permanent coating that harnesses ultra violet light and rain to first break down and loosen organic dirt on the glass, for it to then be washed away when the rain comes.

Once it's installed it takes a few days to 'charge' with ultra violet light, following which the coating will begin the steady but inevitable process of, quite literally, breaking down dirt such as sap, bird droppings and the like, where it sits on the glass. It works continuously, helping to keep windows sparkling, even in really tough conditions where an occasional hosing will help to shift heavier soiling.

Although it may be installed anywhere glass is required, Pilkington Activ™ can be especially useful in conservatory and other glass roofs, which are notorious for quickly gathering algae and moss.

Whilst the promised benefits of the product are almost divine, Pilkington Activ™ is in all other ways like ordinary coated glass. It requires no more special attention that you would give to sealed units installed with, for example, Pilkington K Glass™ and therefore offers the ordinary builder every opportunity to install units made using Activ, which are combined with other glasses to offer appropriate performance, such as compliance with Part L. It is available from most, larger sealed unit manufacturers, and especially any Pilkington depot.

Pilkington has also added Pilkington Activ™ Blue to the family. This version has a faint blue tint to it, which acts to reduce the build up of heat in the room and, when combined with other glasses such as low-E, is an excellent choice for conservatory roofs. The most important effect of course, is that it keeps the roof in pristine condition throughout the year. In fact, such a location provides probably the most effective and ideal setting in which to demonstrate the extraordinary properties of this glass.
About the Author
Many conservatory companies recommend Pilkington when it comes to glass. Having been in the glass industry for 179 years, Pilkington is recognised as the world's technological leader in glass.

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