The Lotus Effect

ProPERLA exterior coatings have been designed to mimic the Lotus effect and help keep your property clean and dry.

 

What is the Lotus effect?

The Lotus effect refers to the self-cleaning and extreme water-repellency abilities of the Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) a semi-aquatic plant.

When water comes into contact with the Lotus leaf, the water droplet forms a spherical bead and simply rolls off, leaving the surface dry. As the water beads roll off, they pick up contaminants such as solid particles, organism liquids and biological contaminants and remove them from the surface of the leaf. This process helps to keep the Lotus leaves clean and dry even in muddy and dirty ponds. The self-cleaning capabilities of the Lotus is the reason it has been considered a symbol of purity in Asian culture for over 2,000 years.

ProPERLA and the Lotus Effect

Over the course of millions of years of evolution, nature has perfected the design of the Lotus leaf. Using advanced technology science is precisely mimicking the chemical components and surface micro/nanostructures of the Lotus leaf in order to achieve the same super hydrophobic and self-cleaning capabilities for real-life applications.

ProPERLA uses the latest silicone resin based nanotechnology to create super hydrophobic and self-cleaning coatings for a range of substrates.

Keep your property warm & dry

Just like the Lotus leaf, surfaces coated in ProPERLA will stay dry. When it rains the water forms beads and simply rolls off preventing the associated problems caused by rain penetration and damp.  By reducing the water absorption, ProPERLA has even been found to lower the thermal conductivity on mineral masonry building materials (thermal conductivity was measured according to the principles of EN ISO 15148) By lowering the water absorption, ProPERLA improves insulation and reduces energy loss.

Ensure your property is clean & attractive

Mimicking the Lotus leaf’s self-cleaning abilities, ProPERLA helps to keep your property clean. When the water rolls off the treated surface it collects any particles of dirt or dust and washes them away.

By keeping your property clean and dry you will also be discouraging the unsightly growth of moss, algae and lichens and will even prevent salt efflorescence.

Allow your building to breathe

Not only does ProPERLA help to keep your property dry and clean, it also allows the building to breathe. It does not prevent the ability of water and moisture to escape.