Integral Blinds In Glass: A clear solution for light and privacy


Integral blinds are blinds that are permanently sealed within the double glazing unit of a window or door, offering maintenance free operation, enhanced durability and improved energy efficiency.

In today’s world, innovative technologies are quickly transforming the way we interact with our living spaces. 

Integral Blinds in Glass, often referred to as integrated or built-in blinds, are a prime example of such innovations. These blinds are a modern and stylish alternative to traditional window coverings, offering a unique blend of aesthetics, functionality, and convenience. 

In this article, we will delve into the world of Integral Blinds in Glass, exploring what they are, how they work, their advantages and the different options we offer in our Integral Blinds range here at GFD Homes

What are Integral Blinds in Glass? 

Integral Blinds in Glass are a type of window treatment that combines the functionality of blinds with the transparency of glass. They are designed to be sealed within the double glazing unit of a window or door, which means they are protected from dust, dirt, and damage. 

This innovative design allows homeowners to control the amount of light and privacy in a room by adjusting the blinds without the need for traditional external blinds or curtains.

GFD Homes Integral Blinds: installed in a home.
Integral Blinds installed in a home

Here at GFD Homes, we’re proud to have a stunning range of Integral Blinds in Glass options to suit every preference. 

How Do Integral Blinds Work?

Integral blinds work on a simple yet effective principle. They consist of two glass panes with a space in between, and within this space, the blinds are securely sealed. These blinds are operated using a magnetic or cordless control system. When you move the magnetic or cordless control, it tilts or raises the blinds, adjusting the amount of light and privacy to your liking.

The magnetic control system is particularly popular, as it doesn’t require any physical connection between the control and the blinds. It operates through the magnetic force, ensuring a smooth and seamless user experience. 

Additionally, the blinds can be tilted to different angles, allowing you to control the direction of light while maintaining privacy.

Why Should You Choose Integral Blinds in Glass?

Here are some of the main advantages associated with Integral Blinds in Glass: 

1) Aesthetic Appeal 

Integral blinds are a sleek and stylish solution that seamlessly integrate with the window or door, providing a clean and modern look. 

They are available in various colours and can be customised to match your interior decor.

2) Maintenance-Free

Since the blinds are sealed within the glass unit, they are protected from dust, moisture, and damage. 

This means no more cleaning, maintenance, or wear and tear as compared to traditional blinds.

3 ) Light and Privacy Control 

You have full control over the amount of light and privacy in your space. With adjustable slats, you can easily manage the level of natural light that enters the room.

4) Energy Efficiency 

Integral blinds can help with energy efficiency by providing an additional layer of insulation. 

They can help regulate the temperature in a room, reducing heating and cooling costs.

5) Child and Pet Safe 

Cordless or magnetic control systems eliminate the hazards associated with cords, making them a safer option, especially for homes with children and pets.

6) Sound Insulation

The space between the glass panes and the blinds can provide some sound insulation, reducing outside noise and creating a quieter indoor environment.

7 ) Privacy Without Sacrificing Views

 Integral blinds offer privacy without obstructing the view, making them ideal for homes with scenic surroundings.

GFD Homes Integral Blinds: installed in a living room.
Integral Blinds installed in a living room

Integral blinds are encased within the double-glazing unit, meaning you don’t have to worry about them getting dusty. 

Integral Blinds in Glass options from GFD Homes  

Here at GFD Homes, we have a range of Integral Blind in Glass options to suit every preference, including the following: 

The SV System (Cordless Slider) 

The SV System is a manually operated sliding Venetian blind with an ingeniously designed magnetic slider that manages the entire process. Situated on a slim, integrated track along the edge of the sealed unit, this cordless slider control system empowers you to effortlessly raise, lower, and tilt the blind without the need for cords. 

With this system, you have the flexibility to select the orientation of the sliding track, whether you prefer a single-sided operation or a continuous loop for a balanced appearance.

Main features: 

  • Meets the requirements of child safety standards 
  • Only one device is used to raise and tilt the slats 
  • The warm edge spacer bars and plastic side profile improve the energy performance of the insulating glass unit 

The C System (Manual Control) 

The C System is the most cost-effective integral blind solution, utilising a rotational cord winder affixed to the upper part of the double-glazed unit. 

This system is operated through a continuous cord loop that drives an external magnet, facilitating the seamless adjustment of the blind’s position, allowing for both raising and lowering.

Main features: 

  • The most cost-effective integral blinds solution 
  • Suitable for larger glass sizes the SV system can’t accommodate
  • Total privacy and light control for folding sliding doors 

The W Smart System (Solar Control) 

The W-Smart System is a motorised blind system powered by batteries. The Venetian blind, enclosed within the double-glazed unit, can be effortlessly raised or lowered using a discrete control device mounted on the window or through a remote control. 

It’s an especially favoured choice for enhancing the aesthetics of aluminium doors and windows while providing convenient functionality.

Main features: 

  • Streamlined installation procedure 
  • Touch control keys 
  • No need for electrician to install 

The MB System (Motorised Brushless) 

The MB System is an advanced motorised blind system that integrates an internal motor within the blind’s headrail. This setup includes a micro-control unit and an encoder, enabling the seamless synchronised movement of multiple blinds, such as those found on bi-folding doors with multiple panes. The control boxes are supplied pre-wired and thoroughly tested, ensuring a hassle-free and efficient installation process. 

Main features: 

  • Simultaneous and synchronised operation of several blinds. 
  • Can be integrated with home automation systems. 
  • Hard-wired system that eliminates the need for a control device on the glass unit. 
GFD Homes Integral blinds installed in a living room area.
Integral blinds installed in a living room area

With a selection of colour options to choose from, you’ll be able to find one that fits your room style and decor. 

The S System (Pleated Sliding) 

The S System incorporates a 14mm pleated blind that is seamlessly integrated within a double-glazed unit. This innovative system allows the blind to be raised and lowered simply by sliding a control up or down. Moreover, it offers the flexibility to adjust the blind at any inclination and raise it in all directions, making it the perfect choice for attic, 

dormer and skylight applications where versatile light and privacy control is essential. 

Main features: 

  • Light transfer down the blind edge eliminated by using a special ‘L’ shaped-size guidelines. 
  • Highly modular system – possible to install two blinds within the same unit. 
  • Can be adjusted to any position and in every direction.

The S Blackout System (Pleated Sliding) 

The S Blackout System offers the convenience of instant darkness, making it an ideal solution for those seeking a peaceful and uninterrupted night’s sleep. With a selection of pleated blackout blind options, these blinds are suitable for any room where even the slightest bit of light can be a source of annoyance or distraction. Their design ensures there is absolutely no room for light transmission, guaranteeing a completely dark and restful environment. 

Main features: 

  • Ideal for nurseries, home cinemas and assisting a good night’s sleep. 
  • Light transfer down the blind edge eliminated by using a special ‘L’ shaped-size guidelines. 
  • Exclusive range of blackout and vanity fabrics available. 

Choosing the right Integral Blinds in Glass option for you 

Integral Blinds in Glass truly represent a modern and stylish approach to Bi-folding door, Sliding door and window treatments. 

With so many options to choose from, we’d recommend taking a look at each one to help you find the one that best suits your individual needs. 

Whether you prefer a cost-effective solution or motorised system, Integral Blinds in Glass can truly transform your living space, offering great functionality and style. 

For more information, feel free to get in touch with our team by calling us on 01642 309576

Alternatively, if you live close to our impressive Teesside showroom and would much prefer to see our Integral blinds in person, call us on the number above to book a showroom visit. 

GFD Homes Integral blinds fitted in a bifold doors.
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Every blind in our Integral Blinds in Glass range comes with a 5 year guarantee for that extra piece of mind. 

FAQs About Integral Blinds in Glass

Are Integral Blinds suitable for all types of windows and doors? 

Integral blinds are versatile and can be customised to fit various window and door types, including sliding doors, casement windows, and bi-fold doors. 

If you’re interested in choosing Integral Blinds in Glass for your doors or windows, we’d recommend consulting with a professional to ensure they are compatible with your specific requirements. 

Are Integral Blinds durable and long-lasting? 

Integral blinds are designed to be durable and long-lasting, given that they are protected from external factors that can cause wear and tear. 

However, their longevity also depends on the quality of materials and installation. High-quality integral blinds are likely to last for many years.

Here at GFD Homes, we are proud to provide a vast range of internal blind options from the UK’s leading integral blind manufacturer. 

Do Integral Blinds in Glass come in different colours? 

Yes, there are a wide variety of colours to choose from so you can find a blind that perfectly complements your room’s style and decor. 

Our pleated blinds offer a selection of 18 stunning colours, while our Venetian blinds come in 10 different hues, including the exclusive S159 anthracite grey (this shade is only available in the UK through Morley Glass & Glazing). 

This particular colour harmonises flawlessly with aluminium windows and doors, providing a seamless and stylish match for your interior design.  

Are Integral Blinds expensive? 

The cost of integral blinds can vary depending on factors such as size, customization, and the quality of the system. 

While they may have a higher initial cost compared to traditional blinds, many homeowners consider them a worthwhile investment due to their long-term benefits and aesthetic appeal.

How do I clean Integral Blinds in Glass? 

One of the significant advantages of integral blinds is that they require minimal maintenance. Dust and dirt do not accumulate on the blinds since they are sealed within the glass unit. 

However, if necessary, you can clean them by gently wiping the external glass surfaces with a damp cloth or glass cleaner.

Can Integral Blinds be retrofitted into existing windows? 

In most cases, integral blinds are installed during the initial construction or replacement of windows and doors.

Retrofitting them into existing windows is possible, however it will most likely be extremely challenging and costly. It’s generally more practical to install integral blinds when in the process of replacing windows or doors.

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