Self-Cleaning Glass for your Home or Business

By Nationwide Windows
Posted in Home Improvement on August 10, 2012

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To a homeowner, the pride in the exterior appearance is very crucial to the display of the owner’s care for the property. A fresh look becomes the idyllic quality of the owner’s desire for this. A business has a need to present a constant cleanliness to entice customers into the building. Nothing says this more than a set of crystal-clear glass windows. However, the weather is not always so cooperative and constant cleaning is time-consuming. This leaves few options for a homeowner. Since adding time to the week is often impossible or hiring window cleaners is out of the budget, it is left to the window design itself.

Self-cleaning glass is this option that brings the homeowner some peace of mind. Its design helps to create a dual action on the surface of the window’s glass. It is a coating that covers the glass as it is manufactured. The bonding at this point creates durability. The coating is made of titanium dioxide and is often called titania. This transparent protection disrupts the standard actions of rain or any other moisture from settling on the glass. The property is due to the coatings qualities of photocatalytic and hydrophilic. Essentially, these qualities are responsible for clearing the window of water spots and foreign particles.

The photocatalytic process happens with the introduction of ultraviolet (UV) light. This particular light comes from the sun. It is a continuous process during the day no matter the weather. With this kind of energy, the coating helps break down and loosen organic materials. Also, by using the UV light in this process, the energy entering the household is reduced and complements the efficiency of the house’s use of utilities.


Hydrophilic action causes the water droplets to spread out or sheet across the surface of the glass. The titania enhances the natural hydrophilic trait of glass, that some call “super-hydrophilic” action, to help sweep away the loosen material and leave the glass’s surface clean. In addition, the sheeting process quickens the drying and removes the presents of water spots. 

These helpful self-cleaning windows add to the overall benefits of the home and its value and give home owner’s a sense of pride in the exterior appearance of their sparkling clean environment. Get your free estimate on self-cleaning windows through Nationwide Window & Siding today. 

Comments (2)

Marcus @ posted on: August 26, 2012

Great article. With the technology available today, even something as simple as washing a window can be made more simple.

Ves K posted on: October 25, 2012

Genius! Self Cleaning glass sounds like it could put us out of business.

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