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Blinding benefits


Integral blinds are not simply an open and shut case, explains Ian Short of Morley Glass & Glazing


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ntegral blinds – blinds that are fitted between the two panes of glass inside a sealed unit – provide a hygienic, functional and stylish solution for commer- cial and residential buildings including hospitals, schools, hotels, leisure facilities and offices.


They deliver privacy and sun shading, without obscuring the view or preventing light from entering a room. Unlike tradi- tional curtains and blinds, integral blinds never need cleaning, don’t clutter the window sill and are low maintenance. They are securely fitted inside the sealed unit which prevents them from becoming dirty, dusty or damaged.


They can be fitted into new or retro-fitted into existing internal and external doors and windows of all materials – PVCu, timber and aluminium – including curtain walling. The maximum size of integral blinds is 2500 mm (w) x 2500 mm (h) and there’s a choice of operating systems from


manual and solar controlled to fully automated operating systems – depending on your specification, requirements and budget.


Manual, solar or automatic systems


For manual systems, the slat raising, lowering and tilting function is achieved using a securely attached cord fitted to a rotational magnetic transmission through the glass, thereby guaranteeing the insulat- ing glass unit’s hermetic seal. A primary consideration with regard to the use of cords is safety. The British Blind and Shutter Association (BBSA) provides guide- lines for the manufacture of blinds that are child safe, so always check that your supplier conforms with these guidelines. For added safety, some systems also supply anti-ligature knobs, which are often speci- fied in psychiatric and mental health units. Other manually-operated systems use magnetic sliders to raise, lower and tilt the


Unlike traditional curtains and blinds, integral blinds never need cleaning, don’t clutter the window sill and are low maintenance


ADF MAY 2017


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