An alternative solution is to order patio doors with integral horizontal blinds, factory sealed inside the double-glazing cavity. Proven to be reliable, the blinds can be operated via a magnet system (there is an alternative electronic option) that enables the slats to be easily angled to control the amount of light filtering through and can also raise and lower the blinds for maximum light or shade. A major advantage of opting for internally sealed blinds rather than separate blinds is that they are totally maintenance-free - no arduous dusting or cleaning - and because the blinds are encapsulated inside the glazed panels, they are exceptionally difficult to break.
Patios are designed to be a continuation of the house into the backyard area, and with this in mind, the doors often have quite a bit of glass in them to offer you a good view. While you may enjoy this view, the thing is, there are times when youd like to have some privacy separating you from others outside and vice versa. Controlling the amount of sunlight that enters the home through the patio doors is another issue of concern. Bright light shining into a room isnt always desirable, so you need a solution that solves both problems at the same time.
A visible "kitemark" on the glass is the consumers assurance that the double-glazed unit has been manufactured to British standards. The BSI has numerous standards, including: U-value verification, Window Energy Rating and Window Installation. The lower the U-value, the better the thermal performance and most local authorities will require this to be 1.8 or better to meet building regulations.
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