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This sounds dreadfully complicated but double glazed windows with encapsulated blinds are basically just doubled glazed windows with venetian blinds between the 2 sheets of glass. Encapsulated blinds offer a superb versatility in all rooms and in all types of frame. Integral blinds can be used in doors, windows, French windows and doors, bifolding doors, as well as internal doors and windows.
The popularity of integral blinds has grown, not only with home improvement channels, but also with custom home builders. The trend for having enclosed door or window blind trend has spread rapidly over the last few years. These blinds are held between 2 panes of glass, which means they operate in a fully sealed environment. Being hermetically sealed guarantees the insulating properties of the double glazing unit. The sealed unit offers total protection against dirt and dust making them a completely maintenance free choice for home, office and factory. Many builders or homeowners will choose a door with blinds built in, but they are almost standard in health care environments because of the cleanliness.
Binds encapsulated in windows come in a range of interior design options. The cleverly sandwiched blind provide one of the most ingenious home improvements available today. The concept provides a clean, contemporary style to all rooms, as well as emanating the hassle and expense of continually buying replacement venetian blinds. This means that in the home environment you can have your windows and indoors looking exactly how you want them. Having the blinds between two panes of glass means that you have access to a whole new world of style, whilst maintaining a tidy blind layout.
Integral blinds can be incorporated into vertical windows, and most double glazed door applications. Our innovative encapsulated blind combine practicality with contemporary style. It is definitely a new twist to any home improvement programme.
Temperature control using encapsulated blinds
Encapsulated blinds can offer a complete screening against solar radiation and allows you to quickly adjust the levels of heat and light in your room. The next benefit is that they can provide complete privacy in high traffic or overlooked rooms. Blinds can be tilted or lowered when needed to ensure that your room is kept comfortable throughout the day. This can help manage the environment as well as add the design features. Encapsulated blinds are double glazed window with blind inside.
Not everyone is familiar with integral blinds, basically they are venetian blinds sealed between 2 sheets of glass – so they are double glazing with the blinds inside them. This provides a stylish, clean, easily maintained and inconspicuous blind system. They also add privacy, light control and do not have the problem of most blinds that they flap about all over the place.
Integral blinds are known by a large number of different names, which are all essentially the same thing:
- mid pane blinds
- insulated blinds
- integral venetian glass blinds
- venetian blinds between glass
- integral window blinds
- blinds between the glass
- blinds inside glass
- blinds in windows
- blinds within glass
- blinds within windows
- enclosed blinds
- windows with built in blinds
- windows with blinds inside
- interstitial blinds
- internal blinds
- between glass blinds
- double glazed windows with built in blinds
- integrated blinds double glazing
- double glazing with blinds inside
- uPVC windows with integral blinds
- double glazed windows with blinds inside
- double glazed windows with internal blinds
- sealed blinds
- sunshade blinds
- sealed units with blinds inside
- sealed units with blinds inside
Despite the wide range of terms used to describe them, they have some very specific benefits when used in certain environments. Integral Blind applications can apply in Healthcare, Residential Care Homes and Educational Settings.
Integral Blind applications in Healthcare
Healthcare lends itself to using integral blinds. It allows patient privacy and staff safety, but still allows light into a room. This means that a range of healthcare settings are entirely appropriate for its use. This might be hospitals, intensive care units, clinics, dentists and GP surgeries, which can all benefit from using integral blinds as a privacy glass option.
The sort of features that stand out are:
- There are no exposed cords or wires to cause a safety hazard
- Hermetic sealing. This is an essential feature when considering areas where infection control is important. Being inside the glass means that no dirt, dust, germs etc get onto the blinds. Therefore they do not need cleansing or disinfecting.
- Restrict vision by sliding the blinds out of sight or closed for privacy. This can be important in intensive care and mental health units.
- Audiology and eye test rooms where light and noise need to be controlled.
- They are ideal in patient rooms, staff rest rooms, operating rooms and nursing stations.
The Department of Health (DOH) document – Health Building Note 00-09: Infection control in the built environment, published in March 2013 recommend the that consideration should be given to using integral blinds as an alternative to curtains at internal window. Paragraph 3.139 states that “Window blinds that are not readily amenable to cleaning are not recommended. Double-glazed room vision panels with integral blinds are easy to clean”. The building note can be downloaded here
In addition, the DOH document “Health Building Note 03-01: Adult acute mental health units” recommends “They should, as far as possible, be ligature-free. All catches, restraints, and where applicable the controls for integral blinds, should be designed to minimise the risk of use as a ligature point.”.
Integral Blind applications in Educational Settings
The educational community is always looking for ways to improve the learning environment. Integral blinds allow this enhancement to the learning environment and minimise distractions. Outside distractions can be eliminated by using integral blinds for classroom doors and windows. This allows teachers and trainers to be able to restrict visibility and hence distractions. Additionally, the double glazing will restrict noise transfer to keep a classroom or training room quieter to allow better concentration.
A side benefit is that it also allows easier cleaning and less maintenance, due to the encapsulation. The one-sided operation allows the teacher or trainer enhances privacy and security.
Integral Blind applications in Residential Care Homes
Many of the benefits that apply to the healthcare settings also apply to residential care settings. It can enhance personal dignity where someone is coming to the end of their life or needs incontinent pads changing, but still wants a see-through door window. Integral blinds offer a splendid solution to managing light, heat and privacy control, especially in areas where unobtrusive blinds are needed.