When it came to re-glazing more than 30 windows at its Liverpool branch as part of a £75,000 refurbishment project, Pilkington wanted a cost effective product that would not only reduce the need for cleaning, but would also provide clearer, smarter-looking windows, and where better to look than to its revolutionary self-cleaning glass Pilkington Activ™.
With its worldwide success and excellent customer satisfaction testimonials, Pilkington Activ™ is becoming the first choice glazing product for many residential and commercial developments; and using its own proven self-cleaning system to revamp its commercial office further underlines the confidence Pilkington has in its products.
Pilkington Activ™ has a unique dual-action coating that reacts with ultra-violet rays and rainwater. The ultra-violet rays present in natural daylight react with the coating to start a photocatalytic process, which breaks down and disintegrates organic dirt. To further minimise the need for maintenance, Pilkington Activ™ is hydrophilic which means that when rainwater hits the surface, it is spread evenly over the pane and, as it runs off, takes the dirt with it. Compared with conventional glass, the water also dries off very quickly without leaving unsightly drying spots.
All of the windows were replaced with double glazed units comprising Pilkington Activ™ and Pilkington K Glass™, which reduce noise penetration and increase energy efficiency, in addition to maintaining a ‘just cleaned’ appearance.
Commenting on the project, General Manager George Davis said: “Pilkington has occupied the building since 1976 and this is its first major refurbishment. We are in a regeneration area and there are a lot of improvements going on locally in anticipation of Liverpool being the European City of Culture in 2008. Using Pilkington Activ™ for our windows has not only saved on maintenance costs but is also the best possible way of proving to our customers that the product works and that we believe in it totally.”
The project also included the installation of a refurbished cutting bench and renovation of the kitchen and washroom areas. Further redecorating is planned for later in the year.