[Simple Guide] How to Identify High Quality Integral Blinds

Quality is everything when it comes to integral blinds, and they are quickly becoming a popular addition to modern aluminium doors and windows.

There’s a lot of information in the industry surrounding integral blinds, and it can be hard to decipher the factors that should be considered when choosing a supplier. 

We’ve put together a handy guide you can follow to ensure you find the correct integral blind supplier and manufacturer for your project or development.

The guide will include the following factors:

  1. Research Brand Reputation, Scale and Accreditation
  2. Understand Cost vs Quality
  3. Request to See Samples in Person
  4. Check Lead Times

Research Brand Reputation, Scale and Accreditation

Many companies and integral blind providers will promote that they sell and manufacture the ‘best’ integral blinds on the market. However, although this may be true to some extent, it’s important to still do the research behind the company that’s providing the blinds. 

Consider looking at their:

  • Size
  • Scale
  • Reputation
  • Recent and valuable accreditations
  • Case studies
  • Google reviews
  • Search their company name on local Facebook / LinkedIn groups
  • Customer ratings
  • Applicable hashtags / branded hashtags – explore the posts associated with them

And more…

Don’t let this slide (just like our seamless integral blinds), this is one of the most important points on the list. In some cases, the more reputable a brand is, the higher the prices.

However, quality does override everything and needs to be at the forefront. Integral blinds are an enhancement to a door, not as part of the design, but an added extra. So, ensure the supplier and manufacturer you choose meet your expectations accurately. 

Understand Cost vs Quality

You get what you pay for – and this is said for integral blinds too. The cheaper the blind, the less reliable it will likely be for years to come. 

Most integral blinds designed for aluminium windows and doors have a product warranty of up to 10 years. This is impressive, but this is only presented with expert manufacturing.

Integral blinds are an investment and contribute to the overall value of a property. Although they’re an added extra, they are more than just an aesthetic addition. They enhance the thermal and acoustic performance of windows and doors, they are maintenance-free (in comparison to external blinds and curtains), have a multi-use operation and more.

So, do your research. Weigh up different suppliers, understand their pricing and compare the products. 

Request to See Samples in Person

Once you’ve done your brand research, and understood the differences between cost and quality, it’s time to look at samples and test them out. Most suppliers and manufacturers will have samples you can request or look at.

Although the samples are only a rough estimate, they’re a good indication of how the integral blind will work, look and feel. Integral blinds come in a variety of bespoke designs and styles, seeing samples is crucial.

Products can look different online from what they do in person. Request a free showroom visit, ask all the questions you have and experience the products for yourself. This is detrimental to the product selection process. Skipping this part of the process will generate delays later down the line.

Check Lead Times

Researching lead times is another part of identifying the right supplier and manufacturer for your integral blinds. Lead times are detrimental and may affect the critical path of a project. 

As you’ll know, lead times need to be made clear to the client as early on in the project as possible. They affect budgets, processes and the logistics of any project. Don’t be hesitant when asking about lead times, they are important and a reliable and trusted supplier will be transparent with you.

This is especially important if you’ve upsold integral blinds to a client. They might be concerned about whether this will impact the project timeline. Having an open and transparent relationship with your supplier ensures that you can provide realistic timelines to clients.

There are a few factors that will impact the price and expected lead time, these include:

  • Colour
  • Size
  • Operation preferences: manual, magnetic or fully electric models
  • Overall order value and quantity

Ensure you mention these preferences throughout the consideration process. But don’t let this impact the choice your clients make, the bespoke requirements are important, and the added touches do make all the difference to the performance and aesthetics of a product.

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What Are Integral Blinds? The Benefits, Purpose and Product Possibilities

Integral blinds are one of the most popular additions to bi-folding doors, sliding doors, french doors and windows. Aesthetically stunning, practical and maintenance-free, integral blinds provide innovation built-in.

Whether you’re a builder, architect, specifier, or property developer, you’re likely on the lookout for high-quality products that are fit for purpose, align with a specific budget, and provide lasting value – as well as impressing your clients with innovative ideas they might not have thought about before

Integral blinds provide that – and so much more. In this post, we’ll explore the benefits of integral blinds and why they’re so popular in the industry, and we’ll also list some of the available customisations.

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What Are the Benefits?

Innovation built-in

Integral blinds provide innovative, long-lasting performance built-in. They’re the modern alternative to Venetian blinds and are suitable for many use cases. Such blinds are ideal for residential spaces (windows and internal partitions), hotels, resorts, healthcare facilities (patient rooms, examination rooms, OTs & ERs), schools and many more.  

They’re a specialist, high-quality set of blinds, affixed in a double-glazed unit – whether that’s a window or door. They offer a solution that is both practical and fully compliant with the requirements of a fire door specification.

Integral blinds move up and down to provide an open view for observation or complete closure for optimal privacy. Despite being enclosed within two panes of glass, they provide multi-use operations, enhance the thermal and acoustic performance of existing windows and doors and remain in pristine condition for years to come. 

Integral blinds are most often fitted into new products, including double-glazed windows or doors – inward or outward opening, sliding, or bi-folding (uPVC and aluminium). However, they can also be retrofitted into existing windows and doors, simply by replacing the sealed unit.

To explore options, suitability and bespoke configurations, it’s advised that you contact your supplier for more details.

Maintenance-free

Ideal and practical, integral blinds are maintenance and hassle-free. The modern aesthetics are matched with superior technical and functional qualities.

Because integral blinds are sealed within a glass frame, they require no cleaning, remain moisture-free, and will be in excellent condition for years to come – unlike external blinds or curtains that require heavy maintenance and frequent replacements.

Of course, depending on the manufacturer and supplier you choose will also determine the quality and performance of the integral blinds. 

Multiuse operation

Based on customisations, the levers can be used to operate the blinds in several different ways. This choice allows for a bespoke outcome and will ensure the blinds are 100% fit for purpose and convenience.

There are three ways to operate an integral blind:

  • Manual cord operation
  • Manual cordless operation
  • Automated operation

All of these operation functions perform the same results of opening and closing the blind in several ways. However, they all offer their own benefits.

Manual systems feature a securely attached cord fitted to a rotational magnetic transmission through the glass. However, the cords can be replaced with discreet magnetic sliders for a more sleek and modern finish.

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The automated and electronic system uses long-life, rechargeable batteries, combined with an external solar panel (saving money on energy bills in oppose to using mains electricity). The motor moves the blinds up and down, operated by remote control or a control device that is magnetically secured to the window for easy and convenient use. This option provides the most seamless finish.

The Available Customisations

There are so many ways that integrated blinds can be customised. They can be designed bespoke to suit an array of tastes, without sacrificing functionality and performance.

The finish and colour of the blind itself can also be customised to reflect the interior of a property, whilst also adding a modern aesthetic. Some of the available colours are white, beige, dark coffee, black, pearl bronze, silver and more. 

The sizing variations of integral blinds will depend on the project, specification and the supplier you choose. However, as an example, integral blinds can feature a maximum width of 1200mm and a maximum height of 3000mm. The standard cavity width is 20mm standard to accommodate a 28mm sealed unit.

The bespoke configurations you have access to will ultimately depend on your manufacturer’s capabilities, techniques and offerings. For specific widths/heights and cavity depths, reach out to your manufacturer or supplier for more details. 

An Upgrade for New and Existing Windows and Doors

Although integral blinds provide a great convenience for the end-user, these products are an excellent contribution to increasing property value.

If you are an architect or developer, integral blinds can be specified when drawing up the tender documents and specifications. They can also be offered as an upgrade when discussed with purchases or during the enquiry stage. 

When selecting integral blinds for your clients, it’s important to express the long-term perceived value (10-year warranty) and investment it adds to a property.

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5 Reasons Why Aluminium Is the Material Choice for Architects

More architects than ever before are choosing high-quality aluminium products for their domestic clients. From bi-fold and sliding doors to casement and flush windows – there’s no doubt about it, aluminium is a popular choice.

What exactly are the benefits of using aluminium from an architectural standpoint, and are they worth knowing?

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Environmentally Friendly and Recyclable

Sustainability is now a key factor when choosing construction materials. Aluminium windows and doors certainly match the expectations of architects, whilst also being fit for purpose. 

If your clients are looking for sustainable and recyclable materials without compromising on quality, performance and aesthetics, aluminium is the ideal choice. 

  • 100% recyclable
  • 3rd most raw material on earth
  • Extracted from the ground, without any environmental impact
  • Any offcuts produced by FrameX are recycled

Available With Many Customisations

There’s no word about it – aluminium is versatile, strong, and able to fit itself to your requirements. It’s malleable and robust, without sacrificing architectural brilliance. It can be manufactured into a selection of shapes and styles and suit a variety of uses.

This extrusion can be supplied in a variety of finishes and colours, including gloss and matte. Dual colours can also be specified. So, rest assured, there’ll be a variety of choices available to suit your client’s specific requirements and expectations.

Architecturally Stunning

Aluminium is an architectural gamechanger.

It can create some of the most stunning and sustainable projects on the market, and more and more clients are looking for a modern and sleek finish to their exteriors, whilst also prioritising sustainability and performance. 

Aluminium is the future, and it’s revolutionising contemporary architecture. The pros of aluminium certainly outweigh the cons, and architects, manufacturers, and homeowners all prefer the architectural beauty that aluminium achieves.

Brilliant Insulation – Thermally and Acoustically 

The material selected for windows and doors should meet your client’s expectations, add value to a project and provide unrivalled performance. Aluminium does just that.

Aluminium is the most thermally efficient profile out of all materials. However, this is only achieved in modern aluminium frames that have been manufactured to the highest quality.

Aluminium is

  • Waterproof
  • Doesn’t warp, decay or rot
  • Thermally efficient
  • Protects from the outdoor elements

In turn, providing excellent thermal and acoustic performance with a life expectancy of 40+ years.

Whilst aluminium on its own provides fantastic levels of thermal and acoustic performance – the added extras definitely enhance its capabilities, including air tightness and acoustic glazing. 

  • Acoustic glazing increases the insulation value more and is highly recommended (double or triple glazing up to 48mm).
  • Quality gaskets are essential. These play a vital role in the sealing system and provide optimal levels of acoustic performance.

Give your clients peace of mind, and don’t skimp on the essentials. Doing additional research is important and could even enhance a project further.

Lightweight and Easy to Install

No complex installation processes are required, and the ease of install also means it’s a very efficient choice for projects scheduled on a tight timeframe.

Built to last, practical and providing long-lasting performance, aluminium is an investment and guaranteed to provide beautiful results. Aluminium products need replacing less frequently and require minimal hassle. They tick the boxes all around for multiple project requirements.

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FrameX: Helping You Choose the Right Sliding Door Configuration for Your Project

Are you looking for a sliding patio door for your project? Are you seeking a trusted aluminium specialist with simplicity and quality at their core? You’ve landed in the right place.

We know the importance of project deadlines, quality products, budgets and exceeding expectations. These essential considerations are at the core of everything we do.

Our sleek aluminium sliding doors offer many great benefits. Want to know more? Keep reading.

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Vast Industry Experience

Industry experience is essential when it comes to selecting a supplier or manufacturer. It represents rapport, professionalism, and importantly expertise. It also shows they are in sync with the industry; they know what works and what doesn’t work.

At FrameX, we’re an established manufacturer and trade supplier of high-quality aluminium and uPVC windows, doors, roofs, and commercial glazing situated in the heart of the Rossendale Valley. We help builders, architects, and housing developers meet project deadlines efficiently, stay within budget, and exceed expectations.

Our vast industry experience has positioned us as a force within the fenestration industry, providing exceptional quality, and excellent customer service. 

Aluminium Specialists

Aluminium is widely used across the industry because of its intrinsic properties of durability and corrosion resistance. As the industry evolves and the demand increases, we continue to align with the changes and adapt our manufacturing methods accordingly.

We’re highly focused on the products we produce and sell, we ensure they’re high-quality, robust and suit existing and future building regulations. 

Our 15,000 sq ft manufacturing facility enables us to produce the best work with the help of our highly skilled workforce. Our team is constantly learning new skills, enabling us to meet expectations, upgrade our offerings and speed up lead times.

We can help you select the correct material for your project to ensure you provide lasting value to properties and meet client expectations.

Same Day Quotation

We know that outlining fees and budgets for your clients can be an enduring challenge, but with our free, same-day quotation, you’ll be able to be transparent, weigh up your options and set realistic estimates.

Our specialist team can help you, whether you get in touch via our social media channels, email, or telephone. Contact us today for more information and a no-obligation quotation.

Knowledgeable and Approachable Team

FrameX provides the ultimate experience. We’re transparent and professional, with quality at our core. From enquiry to completion, your project is our focus.

Excellent communication and customer service are essential, and we know how important it is to keep everything streamlined, so things run smoothly. 

Nothing is ever too much. If you have questions, check out our news page and give our expert team a call. If you want to see our precision-engineered products for yourself, come along to our showroom situated in the heart of Rossendale. We’re here to provide guidance and advice at every stage. 

From 3 Weeks Lead Time

We know meeting deadlines is high on your list of priorities, which is why we provide a lead time starting from as little as three weeks.

With demand for aluminium products at an all-time high, we’re committed to ensuring our customers receive exceptional service and excellent lead times. So they can delight their clients, and we can continue to meet your expectations.

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6 Things to Consider Before Buying Sliding Patio Doors as Supply

Choosing any product for a project requires careful thought and consideration. If you don’t consider some key factors, you’ll encounter costly amends and project delays.

To meet client expectations, align with the available budget, and meet project timelines, you need to be one step ahead. You’re likely polar-focused on quality and turnaround times but are you missing some crucial considerations?

In this post, we’ve created a list of the factors you need to consider before buying sliding patio doors as supply. We’ve even featured some topics that aren’t that obvious either.

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uPVC or Aluminium?

uPVC or Aluminium? Which material is better? Which one will align with your project the best? Of course, as with every product and material, there are many advantages and disadvantages. However, this is all project dependent. Let’s have a look at some of the pros and cons.

Aluminium

Pros

  • More robust than uPVC. High-grade material, designed to provide lasting support and longevity 
  • Available in an array of an endless choice of colours and finishes. From gloss to satin, woodgrain and more
  • Product performance is guaranteed for 40+ years
  • Highly recommended for all direction-facing properties
  • Weather-resistant for all situations and provides endless protection against intruders and the outdoor elements
  • Provides excellent levels of thermal and acoustic protection.

Cons

uPVC

Pros

  • Varying configurations are available, as well as a choice of colours and styles finishes to choose from (including woodgrain)
  • uPVC is significantly cheaper than aluminium, but the other drawbacks should be considered 
  • Unlike timber, uPVC will not rot and will provide lasting protection
  • uPVC will keep properties insulated and protected from the outdoor elements

Cons

  • A considerably shorter lifespan than aluminium
  • Plastic warms and expands under heat and sunlight – making sliding doors more difficult to open and close over a period of time
  • Not recommended for south-facing properties
  • Won’t achieve the elegant aesthetics, uPVC usually creates bulky frames and sightlines
  • There are limitations when it comes to larger 

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Check Pricing and Budget

The pricing of the sliding doors you choose will differ from one project to another. Many factors will impact the cost significantly, from the material you choose to the specifications, configurations, and supplier.

Ensuring the budgets selected are adhered to is essential and will be a priority for you and your clients. If you choose a reputable supplier and manufacturer, they will be transparent with you about the expected costs, and they’ll ensure you’re kept in the loop.

Also, the quality of the final product you receive is essential. Ensure you do your research, ask questions and align all the available budgets, alongside expectations and timelines. Sliding doors are cheaper than bi-folding doors, but this depends on the bespoke requests.

Keep In Mind Lead Times

Lead times on sliding doors is an important consideration. In fact, it’s one of the most important factors in this list. The last thing you need and want for a project is delayed lead times and prolonging the process of a completed project. Timelines are created for a reason, especially when you want to delight clients – and make a profit.

Lead times vary, and this all depends on the manufacturer you choose, the configuration you’ve selected for your sliding door and other bespoke requirements. The more complex design, the longer the lead time. 

Before choosing any sliding door for your project, weigh up the deliverables and the expected lead times. You should be realistic and consider the need for amends and installation too. 

With a trusted and reputable supplier, you needn’t worry about lead times. They’ll be honest from the get-go and answer any queries you have. Choose a supplier that will enable you to meet project timelines efficiently, without compromising quality.

Don’t Compromise on Quality

No matter what’s agreed upon, it’s vital to have quality at the forefront of the decision-making process. Although some manufacturers and suppliers have shorter lead times, this may come with its flaws.

Quality will provide longevity, delight clients, add to your repertoire of experience and build your portfolio of properties. If you compromise on quality, you’ll have to make adjustments elsewhere, and you’ll likely incur costly fees later down the line.

Even the finishing touches are important. Quality should be present at every stage – from the decision to installation and delivery. The small details make a big difference.

To ensure that quality is guaranteed, ask your chosen supplier and manufacturer about their quality check procedures. Enquire about the materials they use and query their manufacturing methods. This adds to your research and inevitably provides insight into the guaranteed final result.

Visit Showrooms

Nothing beats seeing products in real life. It’s great to look at spec sheets and scroll through endless images, but seeing the product in person and meeting the manufacturers and suppliers are part of the process.

The best way to gauge an understanding of the supplier is by attending their showrooms, asking questions and seeing product samples. No waiting around for samples to arrive – see them there and then.

At FrameX, we welcome trade and commercial customers to our showroom situated in the heart of Rossendale, Lancashire. Come along, see our precision engineered products, and ask all the questions you have. We’re here to provide guidance and advice at every stage. 

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