Whether to frame views, draw maximum amounts of natural light inside, use the sun to boost indoor temperatures or simply offer a better connection with the outdoors, more and more homeowners are looking to install wide spans of glass in their homes.
Whatever reason you have for wanting extensive glazing in your property, you’ll need to have shading precautions in place to ensure thermal efficiency and to maintain privacy.
One convenient option is to buy windows with blinds fitted between the panes – known as integrated blinds. Specifying these stylish, subtle designs means you’re paying one price for glazing and shading.
Their position sheltered within the unit also means they are a virtually maintenance-free option, as you don’t need to worry about dust or moisture gathering between the slats. They also help with sound protection – especially important near busy roads.
Most integrated blinds available are encapsulated within a double glazed window at installation stage, but it’s also possible to retrofit into existing glazing.
Much like conventional blinds that sit over the window, integrated products lower, raise and rotate to allow different levels of daylight into a room. Venetian-style blinds are usually used, meaning you simply adjust the angle of the slats to regulate the amount of light coming inside.
Different colours are available to suit your decor; you can also opt for blackout versions with an aluminium coating that hardly lets any light in.
With Internorm’s integrated blinds, you can open the window to allow access as one of the panes is on a hinge – perfect for cleaning the units; just a micro fibre cloth used without cleaner provides a flawless finish.
Another advantage is that you need not worry if something goes wrong with the blinds, as it’s easy to look inside to adjust the unit or have it replaced if necessary.
For a long time the standard option has been manually operated blinds, but these days there are solutions available to take the hassle out of using them.
Look for motor driven versions with wireless technology – a convenient way of controlling the units that’s a great alternative to mains-powered setups. This also removes the need for an electrician to be involved when fitted, helping to cut installation costs.
Wireless remote controlled blinds can be adjusted via a handheld device or control panel fixed into the window frame.
At Internorm, solar powered units are the latest in integrated blind technology. These work by including a photovoltaic panel that harnesses energy from the sun – especially useful if there is no electricity supply available from a direct source nearby.
This method contributes to better energy efficiency in the home through the use of renewable tech. Internorm’s I-tec shading can even be controlled conveniently on your smartphone via app. Alternatively, the motor blind can be battery operated.
|Thomas Hagen is technical manager at Internorm. The company specialises in windows and doors, offering a range of designs, styles and materials to ensure you find the ideal solution for your self-built or renovated home.|