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Enclosed Blinds FAQs


Does Western Reflections make internal blinds for both hinged and sliding patio doors?

Yes, we manufacture a full line of door lites with blinds for hinged doors. We also provide sliding patio door manufacturers with internal blinds in insulated glass.

Manufacturers: learn more about our Blinds Between Glass (BBG) Program for sliding patio doors.

What is the blind material and slat width?

Enclosed door blinds for hinged doors have aluminum slats that are 15.0 mm wide. Enclosed door blinds for sliding patio doors have aluminum slats that are 12.5 mm wide.

What colors are available?

Enclosed door blinds for hinged doors are available in white and tan. Enclosed door blinds for sliding patio doors are available in white only.

Do your door lites with internal blinds qualify for ENERGY STAR®?

Western Reflections is proud to be an ENERGY STAR partner. As door components, door lites by themselves do not qualify for ENERGY STAR. However, they play an integral part in determining a door system's seal and thermal performance, enabling the door system to meet ENERGY STAR requirements. Western Reflections offers a full selection of enclosed blinds between glass that can be used in qualified doors to meet ENERGY STAR requirements.

Do Western Reflections door lites with internal blinds have IGCC-certified seals?

Yes, Western Reflections offers a full line of internal blinds between glass that are certified by the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC) as meeting ASTM E 2190 requirements. U-factor and SHGC values vary by glass type, size, IG thickness, and the door in which the glass is installed. Our enclosed door blinds can be used in qualified doors to meet ENERGY STAR requirements. Learn more about energy efficiency or contact us for more information.

Do door lites with enclosed blinds require any special handling?

Blinds between glass must be stored in the supplied packaging or on its side with the fingertip controller in the down-position. The blind must be in the fully raised position, i.e. stacked at the top of the door lite. If stored flat, the glass will deflect, which may temporarily disrupt the service of the blind.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OPERATE THE BLIND UNTIL THE UNIT IS POSITIONED IN THE FULL, UPRIGHT, IN-USE STATE.

Western Reflections enclosed blinds FAQs

Do changes in atmospheric pressure affect the function of the enclosed blind between glass?

Insulated glass can expand and/or contract when it is subjected to changes in atmospheric pressure, such as when it is shipped over mountains. Western Reflections' enclosed blind between glass uses a capillary tube that lets the insulated glass (IG) adjust to variations in air pressure without allowing water vapor to enter the IG. The glass may require up to 24 hours to acclimate to the change, but then it will function normally.

How much time does the enclosed blind require to acclimate after installation?

Acclimation may take up to 24 hours for sliding patio door blinds, but less for hinged-door blinds. Do not operate the blind until it has acclimated.

Can the door lite that encloses the blind be gas-filled?

No. Since the operation of the blind requires the IG to adjust to differences in atmospheric pressure, the blinds include a capillary tube that precludes a gas fill.

What if the fingertip controller decouples? Can it be fixed?

Yes, learn how to re-couple the fingertip operator by watching the video below.


 
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