The most frequently asked questions on integral blinds

We’ve put together this handy guide on the most frequently asked questions we receive on our integral blinds.

What are integral blinds?

Integral blinds are blinds that are fitted between the panes of glass that make up a double or triple glazed unit. Despite being in between the panes of glass, the blinds can be opened and closed manually or by an electronic operation.

Do integral blinds work with any window or door?

Integral blinds can be installed into almost any type of double glazed window or door, be it inward or outward opening, sliding, or bi-folding. If you’re unsure of the suitability of your double-glazed unit or door, contact us for more information and we'll be happy to advise.

Are integral blinds expensive?

The long-term benefits of integral blinds are well worth the investment. To get an accurate indication of integral blind costs we recommend contacting our friendly team for a free no-obligation quote. Our quotes are always as bespoke as the job itself.

How do integral blinds work?

There are a few options to choose from when it comes to operating your integral blinds.

Manual cord operation
Manual cordless operation
Automated operation
Manual systems can feature a securely attached cord fitted to a rotational magnetic transmission through the glass. However, for those who don’t want their double-glazed units impeded by cords, discreet magnetic sliders are another option. All of our blind systems are child and pet safe, complying with the "make it safe campaign".

The automated system uses long-life reachable batteries that are combined with an external solar panel. The motor moves the blinds up and down and is operated by remote control or a control device that is magnetically attached to the window.

Can you retrofit integral blinds?

Our integral blinds are most often fitted inside new windows and doors but they can be retrofitted into existing windows and doors simply by replacing the sealed unit. They can also be fitted into frames of all materials, including uPVC and aluminium.

What colour options are there for integral blinds?

With 10 striking colours to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the finish of our integral blinds. We’re certain you’ll have no difficulty matching their appearance to that of your home. Our colours include:

White
Cream
Beige
Rock
Ticking
Dark coffee
Black
Pearl bronze
Anthracite
Silver

What size do integral blinds come in?

Our integral blinds feature slender, fully symmetrical 12mm slats and can be built up to a maximum size of 1400mm x 2500mm. Talk to us today about your specific measurements.

The right choice

Are integral blinds right for your home?

We are often faced with questions from our customers who want to know more about the benefits of integral blinds, so we’ve tried to answer the main questions in this handy guide.

Integral blinds are a maintenance-free way to make your home more private and reduce light levels as and when you need to. The modern alternative to Venetian blinds, they sit inside the insulated glass unit of a window or door. They’re also extremely effective at increasing comfort levels when used in conservatories, orangeries, and other glazed extensions.

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Brilliant company from all we’ve dealt with, right through to the fitters, to the follow-up emails making sure everything was ok. Having used you before and after having work done to my property, I thought you the only obvious choice to return. Was a little worried as I’d had insulated render fitted and was concerned about the removal and refitting into the same size opening, and the damage it would cause. No worries, it seems. Each to their own trade as they say, and I’m glad they managed it and left me in no doubt, another great job done. Many thanks to you all. And see you in 15 years again?

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After a fair few months of looking for a good window provider we can say we are one hundred percent happy with Global. They exceeded our expectations from start to finish. Michael with the quote, the lovely ladies from the office and Andy and Josh who fitted our seven windows and front door. Very professional, good quality, quick and efficient work. A pleasure to work with such a team. Our next step is the conservatory with Global. Thank you and well done to all.

Florentina

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My mum wanted to say thank you so much for the fantastic service Global windows have given her following her burglary. From start to finish they reassured her the replacement patio doors would be robust and fitted as quickly as possible to ensure the property was secured. On the day of fitting the fitters arrived promptly and installed the doors with no mess. The gentleman who organised this from Global (sorry she couldn’t remember his name) came out to check the doors and to see mum was happy with them brought her a beautiful bunch of flowers. Mum was over the moon. Thank you so much.

Margaret

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Doors And Windows

We decided to re-use this Company despite moving house and County. Global were helpful and very professional at all stages of the installation. We found all their staff friendly and knowledgeable. Dates given, returning phone calls etc. were all met. The price was very competitive, the quality of their products was excellent with a good range of colours and styles. The fitters were very hardworking, managed to get the work done in one day rather than the expected 2, mainly due to the fact they worked as a team, didn’t take breaks and clearly knew their job. Great company.

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Fantastic work from start to finish. Great suggestions made to my own thoughts. The date agreed happened and I was kept fully informed of progress before installation. The fitters were courteous and efficient and worked hard completing on time. I am happy to recommend Global windows to anyone.”

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Replace Lots Of Windows In 4 Bays Along With Others Throughout House. New Door Fitted Also.

Excellent communication and attention to details. Windows were fine quality. Workmanship of highest quality and very considerate and careful. Would recommend to anyone.”

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