Frequently asked questions about integral blinds
Naturally the question on top of most people’s list is price. There is no getting away from it, you will find integral blinds more expensive initially than wooden, fabric or other types of blinds. However, our professional opinion (and we’ve worked with these privacy and shading solution products for a looooong time) is they are a very worthwhile investment.
Q> Why must the blinds be supplied with their glass?
A> The manufacturing process of a standard double glazed unit without blinds is carried out under controlled conditions. This is necessary for the double glazed units to be 100% hermetically sealed, to provide the U Values to windows and of course be reliable for many years to come.
The manufacturing process for BetweenGlassBlinds is virtually identical which is why they must be fitted by the same company that makes the double glazed units.
Q > What is best? Magnet or Cord Control
A> It is fair to say suppliers of cord blinds will favour their product, suppliers of magnetic controlled blinds will highlight the advantages of magnets. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages but we will always recommend the more aesthetically pleasing and discreet magnetic option.
It is also worth remembering that these types of blinds can also be controlled automatically and electronically.
Q> Can you retrospectively fit integral blinds?
A> Yes you can. Assuming the existing window supports the current method of glazing the products.
Q> Why must I replace the glass should my integral blind fail?
A> The units housing the blind are hermetically sealed. Therefore it is not possible to replace just the glass or just the blinds should these be damaged or fail. The entire double glazed unit must be replaced.
Q> What glass options are available with integral blinds?
A> Most established and quality providers of integral blinds will use glass from the major glass processors and producers. This means you can have any type of glass for your home or commercial building. Examples include toughened, laminated, obscure and patterned. You can even choose sandblasted, fire rated acoustic glazing and many other types often seen in commercial installations.
Q> Will integral blinds work with any window or door?
A> Generally yes in any outward or opening inward window or door. They will suit bifolding doors, French Doors, casement windows and many others.
They can also be provided to partitions, facade glazing, screens or any other type of glazed product.
The only area where it is best to seek advice from us or your double glazing provider is for sliding windows or doors. Because sliding windows and doors need to “pass each other” when opened, often the external mechanism such as the cord, wand or magnet may hit the fixed or opposite sliding panel.
Q> Are integral blinds worth the additional cost?
A> Budget is of course a deciding factor for many buyers but we believe that integral blinds look better, last longer, offer more features and longer term are the better investment.
Here are some of the key advantages of integral blinds:
- They remain sealed, dust-free and will never require cleaning
- They do not flap about in the wind or get twisted in draughty rooms
- They are discreet, sleek and elegant in keeping with today’s modern homes and commercial facilities
- You can choose from many opening options including magnetic and motorised (battery powered or hardwired)
- They are safer than traditional strings, ropes and cords
- Used correctly they will last for many years were often fabric blinds are replaced through use, dirt and simple wear and tear in the home or office.
For more information contact us on 0208 500 2200.