Product innovation, greater customer choice and smart ways to engage the next generation are amongst the latest development in integral blinds, according to Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing.
In a consumer age dominated by clever devices designed to make life easier, integral blinds present a great option for installers to impress homeowners and provide that all important up-sell opportunity.
“Integral blinds are a value-added option that many homeowners won’t be familiar with and represent a break from the norm of blinds and curtains,” says Ian Short, whose company manufactures Uni-Blinds® integral blinds. “Importantly, in many cases they’ll be prepared to pay an additional price for the benefits they offer.”
Uni-Blinds is a system of blinds (Venetian or pleated), which are assembled and permanently sealed within the double glazing cavity. Ian says: “Uni-Blinds are an innovative product and should be considered at the design stage when formal specification decisions are being made – that’s because they are cost comparative when fitted at the time of the initial window installation.”
Once sealed in the totally dust-free environment of a sealed unit, integral blinds always appear new, do not fade and require no cleaning – unlike traditional blinds. This is an important selling point given the busy lifestyles of many homeowners and free-time being so precious.
Appealing to the iPad generation is a new touch-swipe control pad for Uni-Blinds® integral blinds. Available UK-wide from Morley Glass & Glazing, the F-System Touch Uni-Blind features a control unit that operates the opening, closing, raising and lowering of the integral blinds with a simple swipe – familiar to anyone using touchscreen tablets or smartphones.
This is powered by a discreet solar panel mounted on the exterior frame or through rechargeable batteries – no hardwiring is needed so installation is easy with no electrician required.
The touch pad launches alongside a stylish new grey colour option, S159 which is exclusive to Morley Glass & Glazing in this country and equivalent to RAL 7016. It brings the number of colour choices for the Venetian blind style to ten different options and gives homeowners free rein to add their creative touch and reflect their taste.
Ian Short says: “Homeowners are always looking for new ways to stamp their personality on their home and the new F-System Touch is a great product for those more tech-savvy customers. Combined with contemporary colours, Uni-Blinds offer the ultimate modern décor add-on for installers.”
Energy efficiency – with consequential savings on the heating and air-conditioning requirements – are also key selling points for integral blinds. Blinds which are encapsulated within a double glazed unit will perform better than traditional blinds in terms of solar heat gain and shading characteristics. This is especially the case with Uni-Blinds thanks to the use of high performance solar-control PLANITHERM glass from GLASSOLUTIONS to create the sealed unit.
Integral blinds are also the perfect solution for entrance doors of any kind. This is particularly the case for sliding doors and French doors, but so too for bi-fold doors which are a popular choice for the discerning homeowner refurbishing or extending their home. Integral blinds offer a convenient solution to deliver the privacy and shading required without clutter.
A primary consideration of family living space must always be safety. As would be expected from the UK’s largest supplier of integral blinds, all Uni-Blinds fully conform to the guidelines laid down by the British Blind and Shutter Association and none of the products are installed with free hanging cords.
Uni-Blinds sealed units are supplied in the same way as standard sealed units with just 10 day lead times and Morley Glass provides an excellent after sales service.
Product and service differentiation is so important in today’s economic climate which is why integral blinds offer a valuable addition to any retail installer’s portfolio.
Find out more about Uni-Blinds from Morley Glass & Glazing at http://wwww.uniblind.co.uk
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