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Reduce Your Fuel Bill by Updating with Sealed Blinds

sealed blindsIf you have had your double glazing in for some years it is now time to replace them with the new heat efficient coated double glazed sealed blinds. You will be aware that the Government has been promoting energy efficiency and all new double glazed units now have to meet minimum standards of thermal efficiency. The effect of this is that new double glazed units will help keep heat in by reducing conduction, increasing insulation and trapping the heat from sunlight.


Why have sealed blinds?


Sunshade can supply integral sealed blinds in all the various new specifications required. All new double glazed units have to meet a minimum of a C Rating and many are of the higher A Rating (these ratings indicate the thermal performance of the units with A being better than C). The ratings are achieved by a combination of hard or soft coatings applied to the inner surface of the glass, inclusion of Argon gas and the use of an aluminium or ‘warm edge’ spacer bar.


You will be pleased to know that Sunshade Blind Systems can supply the entire range of integral blinds with any of the above specifications. Should you need to adhere to the Secure By Design standards (toughened glass and Laminated glass) – NO PROBLEMS! Sunshade can also make blinds including these types of glass. There is the Active™ range of coatings, patterned glass, solar control tinted glass, 6mm thick glass and many other variations and specifications, they can all be built into Sunshade’s blinds.


So, Sunshade can help you achieve savings in your energy costs!


If you want to find out more about sealed blinds call us on 0800 310 12 22 or use our contact form.


Published Date: 15th August 2014
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Home Trends – Integral Blinds in Windows

Integral Blinds in WindowsAt the world’s largest trade fair for architecture and technology, Light +Building 2014, the Forum presented the trends in the home for 2014 and 2015 with areas where integral blinds in windows form an important part of this. The focus was on various stylistic directions:


Constructed space – consistent, accented, logical


Constructed space is about formality of style that leaves nothing to chance. Strong black-and-white contrasts are employed with logical precision. Monochrome and highly polished surfaces emphasise the clarity of this severely geometrical aesthetic.


Modern approaches to room design integrate as many elements of the architecture into the functionality of the living space. Integral blinds perfectly match this ethos, being an element of the building envelope which offers light control, security, décor and privacy.


Selected site – handcrafted, calm, harmonious


Masterly craftsmanship, calm and harmony mark the essential features of this elegant style. Traditional techniques are linked closely with modern design requirements, innovative high-tech is combined with classic lines. This all creates products of outstanding character.


The skilful interplay of elegant design and structured surfaces, delicate transparency creates highly sensitive lighting moods. The well-balance colour palette extends from muted shades of natural white to midnight black. Dark metals such as bronze as well as matt gold, develop their warm glow in a reductionist aesthetic.


Integral Blinds in Windows as a solution


Over and above everything there is an absolute requirement for perfection and quality. Sunshade integral Venetian blinds, or integral blinds double glazing, perfectly reflect this aesthetic with its range of fourteen muted and metallic colours and their aim of total quality of product.


If you want to find out more about our Integral Venetian Blinds call us on 0800 310 12 22 or use our contact form.



Published Date: 5th August 2014
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The benefits of glass with blinds inside

glass with blinds insidePeople say that the eyes are the window of the soul, but we would argue that your windows are the soul of your house or a building.


Many people like venetian blinds but do get frustrated at the need to clean them and that they flap about in the breeze.


Some worry about the safety of their children as there have been cases of young children harming themselves on the venetian blind cords.


Well there is a solution to all these issues and one that gives many other benefits over conventional venetian blinds.

 The benefits of glass with blinds inside

These blinds are commonly known and “integral blinds”, “integrated blinds in glass”, “interstitial blinds” or “glass with blinds inside” to name but a few.


These glass with blinds inside can be fitted into double glazed windows, doors and bifold doors. So where is the benefit because the blinds are enclosed in the double glazed units:


  1. They do not need cleaning and are maintenance free.
  2. They do not flap about in the wind.
  3. There are no cords hanging round to endanger children.
  4. They don’t get abused by children playing with the blind slats.
  5. They have the benefits of insulation that a normal double glazed unit would have, but also have the benefits of privacy that the venetian blind brings.
  6. They help with sound insulation.
  7. They can be used for external and internal windows and doors.
  8. They are more stylish than conventional venetian blinds because they are enclosed.
  9. They are more durable than conventional blinds because they are enclosed and protected from normal wear and tear.
  10. You can manage the amount of light entering into your room with a simple control.
  11. Allow great temperature control because you can shade a room from direct sunlight.
  12. They have a patented magnetic drive system so they are sealed within double glazed units without compromising the integrity of the hermetic seal of the window. The seal ensures that air and moisture cannot get in once it is sealed.
  13. For the installer, Integrated Blinds give you the chance to add value to a conservatory or window project.

If you want to find out more about our glass with blinds inside call us on 0800 310 12 22 or use our contact form.


Published Date: 30th July 2014
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How to manage integral blinds?

Managing The Sunlight with Integral Blinds

How to manage integral blindsThe importance of managing sunlight and the resultant glare in domestic and commercial situations whilst still being able to retain a view of the outside has created a marked increase in the demand for integral Venetian blinds. With widths between 300mm and 1500mm and heights to accommodate tall doors the integral Venetian blinds supplied by Sunshade Blind Systems help fulfil this demand. Every integral blind supplied by Sunshade is bespoke to fit exactly the sizes required.

Being only 0.7mm thick the slats can tilt and turn, and be raised, thus can allow as much or as little light to enter as necessary. This can give an almost infinite intensity of light whilst shielding from direct sunlight and glare. It can also provide optimum external energy control.

Daylight Management

Integrated Venetian blinds can be set with the optimal slant angle, meaning units provide the best possible room lighting even when they are lowered. The blinds provide the ability to offer heat protection, can be adjusted to suit external light conditions and having slats on 0.7mm thick they are barely visible when horizontal.

Having such a fine level of adjustment means that the slats can be set at the optimal angle and thus can save costs and energy in artificial lighting and climate control.

When combined with almost any coating on the encompassing sealed unit and with an Argon filling, Sunshade integral blinds can provide one of the most energy efficient window applications on the market.


A Modern Outlook

Modern LookWhen customers need privacy but don’t want heavily dressed windows, the subtle quality of Sunshade integral  blinds offers a light and contemporary alternative.

The blinds are supplied fully encased in an A Rated sealed unit (Argon filled with a centre pane U Value of 1.2) and can be used in windows, doors and room partitions in residential, offices, shop fronts, hospitals and other commercial situations.

All units are supplied to the normal glazing sizes as specified by the frame manufacturer and are easily installed by any glazier.


Innovative Window Treatments

As the demand for high-specification residential accommodation increases, so does the demand for advanced light control solutions. Sunshade’s manual and motorised blinds are a smart choice to grow installers’ businesses by providing the ultimate in integrated control for both natural and artificial light.

There is a choice of manual and both wired and wireless solutions that can meet any installation challenge or budget, enabling flexible daylight control.

Sunshade Systems’s priority is to grow its customers’’ businesses where-ever possible and to work hard to develop solutions that respond to installations issues, as well as key trends in the market. Sunshade has a product solution to help them, no matter what the problem or application.


Published Date: 16th July 2014
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Integral Blinds as a Means of Privacy

Integral Blinds as a Means of PrivacyIntegral Blinds as a means of privacy.  Sunshade Blind Systems offer a stylish and versatile method of achieving privacy and observation on a small, medium or large scale.


These observation panels are ideal for almost any commercial situation including offices, meeting rooms, interview rooms, production facilities, hospitals etc.


Binds in window glass are well suited for doors, sliding panels, store fronts, floor-to-ceiling partitions, screens and domestic glazing.


The glass panels are double glazed units and are delivered ready to install. Every unit comprises of Toughened glass throughout (or combined with Laminated glass), is Argon filled and has a minimum centre-pane U Value of 1.2.


Provided there is a 20mm cavity in the sealed unit any type of coating can be supplied including tinted glass, low emissivity, solar controlled and self-cleaning (external face).


Panels come with a user-friendly manual magnetic control or can be motorised with either mains or battery power which can come with solar power and remote control if required.


Sunshade Blinds is the ideal solution for all types of privacy and observation panels in a multitude of domestic, commercial and public sector applications.


The panels give a openness to areas whilst retaining the option of having privacy when required.


To find out more take a look at our range of Integral Blinds or call 0800 310 12 22.


Published Date: 4th July 2014
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Integral Venetian Blinds

Integral Venetian BlindsWith Sunshade integral Venetian blinds there are no old fashioned cords or wands for controls. Our blinds have hand controlled powerful permanent magnets running either side of the sealed unit. The magnets are discrete and unobtrusive, are smooth to operate and never wear out. They give a contemporary and stylish look to integral Venetian blinds that tilt and turn, as well as raise and lower.


Sunshade integral Venetian blinds come in fourteen colours, that’s almost twice the colour range of other integral blinds manufacturers. Whilst many people have their Sunshade integral Venetian blinds colour co-ordinated so that the slats match the cassettes, it is possible to have both the blinds and the cassettes in any of the in any of the fourteen colours available so there are 371 combinations of colours available.


Sunshade integral Venetian blinds use St Gobain Planitherm Total +


Using St Gobain Planitherm Total + as a standard low emissivity coating in sealed units containing the Sunshade integral Venetian blinds gives less tinting and clearer vision. The Planitherm coating is more thermally efficient than many alternatives which leads to greater heat retention and thus lower heating bills. As the inner glass surface is warmer there is less (or no) condensation and less chance of a ‘haze’ as with other coatings. Best of all, it is specifically designed for Window Energy Ratings (WERs)and makes ‘A’ ratings more easily achievable.




There are many advantages of the Sunshade integral Venetian blinds over competitors. With no wands or cords the Sunshade blinds pose less risk to children and pets, have a more aesthetic and contemporary look and have no cords to wear or get dirty and frayed.


If an integral (or interstitial) Venetian blind is required in black, there is only one manufacturer in the UK who can supply it – Sunshade Blind Systems. No other UK manufacturer can supply a black cassette with black slats in an integral Venetian blind.


The supply chain stretching across Europe and beyond means the delivery time for an integral Venetian blind is normally four to six weeks. However with Sunshade integral Venetian blinds a standard delivery of four weeks is normal. This means installations take place quicker and job completion is sooner; advantages to the installer and the end user.


BSI Accreditation


Sunshade Blind Systems has BSI accreditation BSEN1279 pt3 which denotes excellence in the manufacture of flat double glazing units and the ongoing assessment and testing assures customers of Sunshade’s commitment to providing quality products.


An extremely motivated workforce on the manufacturing floor coupled with dedicated Sales and Technical staff mean that Sunshade Blind Systems is always ready and able to meet all customers’ glass and integral Venetian blind requirements.


Sunshade integral Venetian blinds are assembled and permanently sealed within the double glazing cavity. Once sealed in this totally dust-free environment, the blinds require no cleaning, always appears new and are protected from damage. Blinds are available in Venetian format and can be operated by sliding magnets, cord or electric.


All blinds are manufactured in accordance with high technical specifications and stringent production standards. The slat raising, lowering and tilting functions are achieved using magnetic transmission through the glass, guaranteeing the units hermetic seal. An electrically operated system with numerous options is available.


Published Date: 14th March 2014
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