A brand new version of Pilkington Activ™ has been launched, that provides a perfect solution for maintaining the appearance of conservatory roofs, whilst also keeping interiors cooler. Developed following strong calls to Pilkington from its customers for such a product, Pilkington Activ™ Blue, so called because of its attractive ice blue tint, offers the renowned self-cleaning properties of the original product, but with the addition of excellent solar control properties and good light transmission.
In addition, Pilkington Activ™ Blue is available from stock and can be processed and manufactured into sealed units quickly and with minimal special handling and installation requirements. It may be stored in the same way as ordinary glass, has no limited shelf life or requirement for edge deletion and can be combined in units with other glasses, such as Pilkington K Glass™, to provide optimum thermal and solar performance. Units offered with Pilkington Activ™ Blue benefit from permanent self-cleaning and solar control properties, rather than the limited performance provided by temporary coatings and film applied to standard glass.
Matt Buckley, Marketing Director for Pilkington Building Products, says that Pilkington Activ™ Blue comes purely as a result of market demand: “The nature of Pilkington Activ™ has always made it an ideal solution for use in roofs where the continuous cleaning properties keep the building looking pristine and save large sums of money for specialist cleaning and maintenance regimes. There are already highly successful applications of this around the world, in some very prestigious buildings.
“It was a natural step therefore to produce a product that benefited the growing conservatory market in the UK, but that can be processed easily and quickly. It provides a product that at once provides the important self-cleaning properties to keep difficult-to-reach roofs clean and free from mould and other typical organic contamination, whilst also significantly reducing solar gain within the structure. Pilkington Activ™ Blue offers an ideal, cost-effective solution for all conservatory roofs, that is readily available and which will provide performance for the lifetime of the conservatory itself.”
Pilkington Activ™ is the world’s first self cleaning glass and, three years after its launch, remains the only dual action self cleaning glass widely available throughout the UK. Since its launch the product has been widely featured in the press and on television and has been chosen by thousands of homeowners throughout the UK, who are now enjoying windows installed with glass that, quite literally, continually cleans itself using a coating that is activated by daylight and rain.