Self Cleaning Glass Pool Fences
One of the things you have to consider when planning to have a pool installed is its maintenance. Over the years, various architectural designs, equipment, and materials have been made available not just for aesthetic purposes but also for ease of maintenance for the owners. One of these innovations is the self-cleaning glass.
What is it?
A self-cleaning glass is a material that allows natural cleaning of glass surfaces. The term ‘natural’ is used because the glass is cleaned with the help of the sunlight and the rain. The typical mechanism behind the technology of self-cleaning glasses is a two-step process: First, an organic coating is applied to the glass. This organic coating absorbs ultraviolet light from the sun and this eventually breaks down any grime build up on the glass. Second, the self-cleaning glass is made to be hydrophilic meaning, instead of water beading on the surface, any water heating the glass spreads out evenly across the surface and cascades down. Now this cascade of water is what washes off the grime that was already broken down by the sun with the help of the organic coating applied to the glass.
This can be installed not just to your glass swimming pools but also to glass structures around them. With this innovation, you do not need to clean glasses again by the traditional way with the use of a bucket or a cleaner, especially for those hard to reach areas.
What are the benefits?
- Save money on purchasing cleaning materials and regular maintenance services.
- Low risk of having stains, grimes, and bacterial infestation.
- Glass surfaces will not have unattractive tints or reflections.
- Contribute to conserving and preserving the environment because there is no need to use harsh detergents and water.
- Permanent self-cleaning coatings will last a lifetime.
- Specific brands provide sound-proof advantages.
- Can be used along with other glass materials from specific brands to provide comfort regardless of the weather and additional security.
Titanium dioxide in self-cleaning coatings
A good material of choice when it comes to applying self-cleaning coatings is Titanium Dioxide. Since self-cleaning glass requires two processes from the sunlight and rain, Titanium Dioxide has perfect characteristics to meet these demands. The first part of the cleaning process is known as photocatalysis, allowing it to break down dirt particles more effectively than other materials. In the next stage of the cleaning process, the glass becomes superhydrophilic, which causes water to spread evenly off the surface.
Are there some disadvantages to self-cleaning glass?
- Self-cleaning glass, depending on the brand, is 10-15% more expensive than conventional glass glazing.
- The use of nature in the process of self-cleaning requires a longer time to achieve a squeaky-clean surface as opposed to manual scrubbing.
- Again, depending on the brand, the coating will take some periods of time to be fully working when first installed.
- Relying solely on the sun and rain to initiate self-cleaning may be a problem in areas where there is not much rain. Hence, glasses with this coating might still need to be manually exposed to water or hosed.
Want to give self-cleaning glass a try?
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