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Hydrophobic Glass

• Monday, September 10th, 2018

The Future is Here

Self Cleaning Glass WindowsSeeing the sun stream through your windows is one of the best ways to start your day. Unless of course your glass isn’t looking its best. Watermarks, dust and grime really show up in the sunshine. Instead of enjoying your day, you end up calling a window cleaner or getting out the ladder and cleaning the windows yourself.


• Sunday, July 16th, 2017

terrace glass balustradeYour Juliet balcony, glass balustrade or curved doors will not only get noticed, generating compliments from friends and family when first installed, but will continue to do so for many years to come. What you purchase in terms of any coatings on the glass will impact the amount of work needed to maintain that new look, but more on that later.


• Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Balcony systems are about to launch and announce the use of self cleaning coated glass as standard on their Juliet balconies.

The glass has already been manufactured for the stock and is on route to the warehouse. We expect to have this ready for delivery mid July.

The glasses to be supplied are specially coated with a nano coating on both sided of the glass making them hydrophobic.

More information on the slef cleaning glass solution by Balcony can be found here on the self cleaning glass area of the website:

Balcony Systems do not intend to raise the price of the balconies and thus this development will increase the Juliet balconies value for money and make them self cleaning Juliet balconies.

• Sunday, May 30th, 2010

What one should know about the difference between the pyrolytic “self-cleaning” glass and any other easy-to-clean or hydrophobic glass:

The pyrolytic Self-cleaning glass consists of a hydrophilic coating with photocatalytic properties fused into the glass at high temperatures during the manufacturing process.

The limitations of pyrolytic Self-cleaning glass »

• Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Does the contact angle define quality and durability of the coating for self cleaning glass?

This is probably the single most relevant question one can ask about any hydrophobic easy-to-clean coating and perhaps the MOST HIDDEN fact by most coating suppliers as it truly uncovers the truth behind the quality of the product. Yet, most coating suppliers will typically evade this critical issue with all sorts of misleading statements and false claims:

The difference between mediocre, good and excellent hydrophobic coatings »

• Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

How to measure the water-repellency or “hydrophobicity”

The measurement that defines how water-repellent a surface is after being treated with a hydrophobic coating is called “contact angle”, also called ‘wetting angle’, which is the angle formed by the material’s surface and the tangent of the interface between the fluid (i.e.: water) and the environment at the point of contact (the glass surface for example).

Visit this Wikipedia webpage or further “contact angle” information

• Thursday, May 20th, 2010

This is the first in a series of posts on the subject of self cleaning glass surfaces or easy to clean glass coatings.


There are many companies around the world providing glass surface treatments today. Many of them simply sell a private labeled brand (someone else’s product) and only a few own their intellectual property, meaning that there are only a few companies that have truly done enough research and development to come up with their own product with distinct and valid claims, along with a solid track record, to support what they promote.

Hydrophobic surface self cleaning glass »

• Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

The subject of self cleaning glass is a very interesting topic, one that is very much a potent sales issue in particular in the private glazing sector. It is also a confusing subject in the market with many different products and companies. Balcony’s Managing Director, Effi Wolff,  has just written a new article for their April issue of Balcony Views magzine –

The dream and the truth:

The facts about zero cleaning glass »