Available in Patio Enclosures' entire line of sunrooms, SunClean self- cleaning glass has a durable, long-lasting coating fused into the glass at high temperatures during PPG's patented manufacturing process.The coating uses the sun's ultraviolet rays to break down and loosen organic dirt on the window's exterior and it creates a sheeting action, so that rain or a light water spray can easily rinse the loosened dirt away with minimal streaking and spotting.
Patio Enclosures, based in Macedonia, Ohio, is among the largest companies on a growing list of 23 sunroom and window manufacturers in the United States and Canada who are taking advantage of PPG's new glass technology.
"Sunrooms provide great vistas, letting homeowners enjoy the comforts of being indoors while savoring the beautiful views of the outdoors," said Marc Fox, vice president of sunroom marketing for Patio Enclosures. "With SunClean glass, the views are better than ever, and we're pleased to be able to bring this technology to homeowners from coast to coast."
Available in both standard and energy-efficient low-e glass, SunClean glass accents and upgrades Patio Enclosures' full range of glass offerings from PPG, Fox said. "We're delighted that Patio Enclosures has added SunClean glass to its lineup of high-performance offerings," said Lisa Detwiler, new product manager for PPG's flat glass business.
According to Fox, one of the reasons Patio Enclosures selected SunClean self-cleaning glass is its proven durability. "When homeowners choose to add a sunroom, they are making a real commitment to their property, and SunClean glass is designed to provide a lasting enhancement."
The durability of SunClean glass was tested under severe weather conditions by an independent laboratory for PPG. Samples endured 90 consecutive days of extreme temperature cycling, up to 180 F and down to minus 20 F. Others were subjected to 90 days of high winds (60 mph) and saltwater spray. After each test, the SunClean glass retained its self-cleaning properties.
Founded in 1966, employee-owned Patio Enclosures, Inc. provides sunrooms, solariums and skylights for residential and commercial applications in 38 states and the province of Ontario. Patio Enclosures has 45 showrooms, including SuperStores in Northeast Ohio and Pittsburgh that offer a full line of casual furniture, gas grills, fireplaces and accessories.
Homeowners and developers interested in learning more about Patio Enclosures can visit www.patioenclosures.com. Additional information about SunClean self-cleaning glass can be found at www.ppgsunclean.com.
Pittsburgh-based PPG is the largest glass manufacturer in North America and has been meeting consumer demands and serving the residential construction industry since 1883. The company's glass businesses supply glass for commercial and residential construction markets, products for industrial and specialty applications, as well as automotive, aircraft and other transportation original equipment, and replacement windshields and windows. PPG also is a global producer of coatings, fiber glass and chemicals. Sales in 2002 were US$8.1 billion.