This information is provided by Ultraframe and is specific to their Conservatory Roof Systems
Condensation occurs when water vapour comes into contact with a cold surface such as glass and the vapour turns to water droplets. Condensation can only ever be minimised and never completely eradicated. Newly constructed conservatories need an initial ‘drying out’ period. Many hundreds of litres of water are used during its construction, i.e. dwarf walls, concrete bases and plasterwork. In Winter they will take longer to dry out.
Provide natural ventilation to help minimise condensation and
maintain a comfortable interior temperature whenever possible by:
• Opening windows/doors
• Ensure trickle vents in the ridge are open at all times – slide the control to open setting
• Ensure trickle vents at the eaves (where fitted) are open at all times
• Open the roof vent (if fitted)
Be sure to consider security when leaving open an easily accessible window or roof vent.
Heating can also assist with controlling condensation and should be marginally increased in any areas where condensation is a problem. Maintain some heat in the conservatory during cold weather and if possible, place heating appliances under windows to maintain the temperature of the inside pane of the double-glazing. If your conservatory is fitted with a fan unit which fails, always consult a qualified electrician or your installation company
The tips below apply to the glass in both the side frames and roof. Follow these to ensure the glass in your conservatory remains clean and scratch-free.
1. Standard ‘clear’ units
The glass used in most double-glazed units can be easily scratched and so we recommend that you remove hand jewellery prior to cleaning. Heavy external grime should be removed with a simple soap/water solution followed by the use of any proprietary household glass cleaner with a soft cloth. Laminated glass or glass containing Georgian bars between the sealed units is cleaned in exactly the same manner
2. Ultraframe Conservaglass and other ‘true’ self cleaning glass
Conservaglass is a self cleaning glass which has been specially designed to remain cleaner for longer than conventional glass. A transparent coating on the external surface of the glass harnesses the power of ultra-violet rays and rain (or water) to break down dirt and grime then wash it clean away. The coating is totally integrated into the surface of the glass and is highly durable. However, as with all coated glass, a certain level of care must be exercised when handling and maintaining Conservaglass
• Do not use any glass treatment products containing silicones or abrasive particles.
• Do not use any commercial cleaning products which are intended specifically for cleaning elements other than glass.
• Do not use chemical products: soda, bleach, washing powder, white spirit, etc.
• Avoid contact with all sharp or abrasive objects including jewellery, buckles, tape measures, razor blades, Stanley knives, scouring pads, steel wool, sandpaper, etc.
• Never attempt to clean off a specific mark on the surface of Conservaglass without applying water first.
Protection during adjacent building/maintenance work. If any other works are taking place in the vicinity of Conservaglass then protect the glass with a clean plastic sheet to prevent any splashes or staining from aggressive compounds (paint, varnish, glue, sealant, cement, plaster, mortar, etc). This will also protect the product from abrasive or hot particles (grinding or welding sparks, etc). In the event of contamination, consult the websites listed on the back page of this leaflet for detailed advice on how to remove the offending stain.
To keep track of the maintenance you do, set up a log book here……..click here to find a template
Leaded Glass Cleaning
Extra care must be taken when cleaning leaded windows so as not to dislodge the lead from the surface of the glass. Warm soapy water applied with a soft cloth is adequate for cleaning leaded glass.
PLEASE NOTE THAT EXTERNAL LEAD WILL OXIDISE. THIS IS A NATURAL PHENOMENA AND CANNOT BE AVOIDED.
Scratched Glass (Standard clear units)
Scratches can be removed with jeweller’s rouge or equivalent rubbing compound. (Ask your installer for further advice)
During the manufacturing process all double glazed units can be susceptible to a degree of surface damage, meaning that certain imperfections cannot be avoided, even in the most carefully controlled production environment. Such blemishes are inherent in all double glazing and acceptable within the highest standards of the industry and are, therefore beyond our control. We use only the very highest quality glass available, whether laminated, toughened or un-toughened, all of which conforms to the requirements of BS6262. Double glazed units produced to BS5713 and BSEN1279 (mandatory March 07), conform to the highest standards of manufacturing and the most uncompromising quality control and inspection routines.
Minor imperfections may still occur - the information below has been taken directly from a document detailing an accepted industry standard for glass (extracted from the Glass & Glazing Federation Standards):
1. Transparent glass used in the manufacture of double glazed units is identical to that used in traditional single glazing and will, therefore have a similar level of quality.
2. Both panes of the double glazed units shall be viewed from the room side, standing at a distance of two metres in natural daylight and not in direct sunlight. The area to be viewed is the normal vision area, with the exception of a 50mm wide band around the perimeter of the unit.
3. Flat transparent glass shall be deemed acceptable, if the following phenomena are neither raised or in clusters:
a. Totally enclosed seeds
b. Bubbles or blisters
c. Hairlines or blobs
d. Fine scratches not more than 25mm long
e. Minute embedded particles
4. Obtrusiveness of blemishes shall be judged by looking through the glass and not at it, under normal lighting conditions
The glass used originates in very large sheets and due to spacing repetition, centralisation of any design, in a specific window cannot be guaranteed. There is no correct direction for patterned glass – i.e. in general there is no ‘right way up’
Care and Maintenance Guide kindly reproduced from Ultraframe consumer literature, for use with their products
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