All homeowners use their properties in different ways and each home is unique. However many houses whether new build or older properties have rooms that could benefit from more light. Consequently the homeowner is often left with the dilemma of balancing the need for natural light against the need for privacy.
How integral blinds in glass can provide solutions in the home.
Natural light is an obvious benefit to any room, but depending on the aspect of the room there may be a need for privacy. There could be different reasons for needing to keep a room private. It is therefore to be expected that light will be required in different types of rooms when they’re in use, but keeping the rooms and their contents obscure when needed.
What are examples of rooms were light with privacy may be required?
Integral blinds for Utility Rooms.
Many homes have utility rooms, areas coming off the kitchen and so forth. These rooms are often part of the hub of the home.
Often fitted with either fully glazed doors, french doors, or single doors with only glass above and an obscure panel below, these can often require privacy at night. Furthermore utility rooms can have moisture from tumble dryers as one example or where laundry is carried out.
Many people will fit a fabric blind here and it is often the case that dust will settle on a moist fabric and over time make it dirty and dusty.
If you have any kind of blind fitted to a door in a utility room you will know they will bang about in the wind, they may need moving or opening every time you want to open an inward opening door and other such obstacles.
Therefore for rooms such as Utility rooms, integral blinds fitted within the double glazed units in doors or windows to these types of rooms are ideal and will do away with many of the issues associated with fabric or other blinds in such areas.
Blinds between glass for Kitchens
The Kitchen is arguably the most commonly used room and has so many different uses.
Depending on our individual properties kitchens are far more than cooking areas where moisture from cooking or home appliances can affect typical fabric blinds fitted to doors and windows.
We use our kitchens for work, play and many of us even keep our pet bedding and food in the kitchen. Therefore a high use room can age a typical fabric blind or curtain much faster than a bedroom or a spare room.
Many kitchens are also situated in the back of the home making them visible at night and particularly in the Autumnal months when the nights draw in.
Integral blinds or blinds between double glazed units can therefore help keep kitchen windows private when needed yet bright when in use. And they can avoid the wear and tear associated with any fabric or paper blind in a high use room.
Many kitchens have doors as well as windows in the room and these too can all benefit by having their glass replaced with integral blinds.
Integral blinds for workshops and garages.
If you use your garage or spare room as a workshop, home office or to house a prized possession such as a classic car you’re restoring, you will obviously want light when using the room but privacy to keep your valuables secure.
This is another area where integral blinds can help. If your workshop or garage has windows, a glazed door or even a sliding door integral blinds are idea.
For any high use room subject to moisture, dirt, daily living or simply high use, integral blinds fitted within double glazing can offer many solutions.
Whilst it is more expensive than an external blind longer term it may prove the more cost effective and reliable option.
Integral blinds can provide solutions to many off the shelf products that are designed to provide privacy yet are simply not designed to last as long or look as good. Examples include obscure sticky films, privacy glass, shutter screens and many more.
Can you fit integral blinds to existing doors and windows?
The first consideration is the age of your windows and doors. If you have products that are over 10 years old it is worth seeking the advice of a specialist integral blind manufacturer or a reputable double glazing maintenance company or installer.
If your windows are designed with internal or external glazing beads (as virtually all timber, PVCu, or aluminium windows and doors are), you should be able to replace your existing double glazing with new glass having integral blinds.
Normally these should be fitted with either a 24mm or a 28mm unit and if so, there is no reason why your glass cannot be replaced.
The main advantages of integral glass blinds.
Here are the key points and benefits of integral glass blinds.
- They can operate with cords, magnets, automatic, or even solar control
- Integral blinds remain clean and protected from dirt and moisture
- Blinds in glass can be retrospectively fitted to most doors and windows
- They look attractive
- They are available in a huge choice of colours and options.
- They can help keep you house bright when open, secure when closed.
Contact us to find out more and we can help put you in touch with a local supplier and installer.