Patio doors, bifold doors and many types of double glazed doors look great, but do present a problem when you want to use curtains or blinds with them. Wouldn’t it be great of the blinds could be built into the doors – well they can. The solution has been around for a few years but recent developments have made integral or internal blinds a real solution.
Compared to conventional and traditional blinds they have a number of benefits. Because they are built into the double glazed unit they are a tidier option, as well as being more aesthetically pleasing. Over the past few years manufacturers have added a wider range of options in both style and operation. These make them more attractive. For instance, when they were first introduced they came in one standard white colour. They can be operated using a ranges of mechanisms rather than just a pull-cord.
They have been made a lot more appealing because of the benefits they bring. With a traditional blind, it hangs outside the window frame. This means that they are prone to becoming damaged and wear. In addition, they get dirty easily, this means they have to be cleaned on a regular basis. This is where the integral blinds in the doors become a great design attraction. They are dirt and dust resistant (being enclosed in the double glazing the dirt and suit cannot get at them). This means that they provide a permanently clean look. In the hectic modern world this is extremely attractive because none of us like to have a dirty looking home, but we do not have the time to clean the blinds.
The integral blinds in doors offer a better alternative to the dangling pull cords that are symptomatic with traditional blinds. You can have a pull cord if you wanted, but there are a range of options with magnetic mechanisms, solar powered, remote control or touch button control. These mechanisms also allow you to tilt and turn the blinds so that you can control the amount of light coming into the room. This can not only control light, but privacy as well.
The most common technique for lowering, raising and tilting of the folds uses rotational magnetic transmission through the frame. Additionally, whilst you can still have a white frame, it is possible to have a range of colours ranging from light grey, yellow, fawn, green, blue, cream, dark grey, dark silver and pale silver.
Contrary to popular belief, these doors also have argon fills, so they have very good U-Values and are as effective as normal double glazed units.
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