Four Advantages of Internal Blinds in Sliding Glass Doors

Closeup outside view of ProVia's Endure vinyl patio door, example of blinds in sliding glass doors

Sliding glass patio doors are ideal for maximizing space, opening a room to a back yard or deck, illuminating an indoor area with natural light, and affording an unobstructed view of the outdoors. Since the glass panels slide open rather than swing, they improve the flow of busy spaces and elevate the functionality and aesthetics of a room.

On the other hand, there are times when the sunlight is too harsh or hot, or when privacy is desired. Vertical or horizontal blinds are a practical solution for reducing glare and providing privacy, but they can be a nuisance.

Vertical blinds crack and split easily, and over time they become dirty and discolored. Children tug on them, pets chew on them, they can be noisy to operate, and when open, they bunch up and take up valuable space. The strings get tangled and may fail to work properly. Dusting and wiping them off is a hassle. The same goes for horizontal blinds, which bend easily and are cumbersome to clean.

Closeup image of white blinds in sliding glass doors, which are ProVia Endure vinyl sliding glass patio doors

The solution? Sliding glass doors with built-in blinds

Internal blinds in sliding glass doors allow you to adjust the amount of sunlight and privacy as regular blinds do, but are unobtrusive and stay clean and attractive for years. Advantages of patio doors with internal blinds include:

  • They are easier to operate than blinds with external cords—a simple slider opens, closes, and adjusts the amount of outdoor light and privacy you desire.
  • The mechanism operates more smoothly than typical cords—blinds open and close seamlessly and remain tidy and balanced, whereas pulling on cords can result in an uneven appearance.
  • Cords are enclosed within the glass, so they won’t get tangled or pose a danger to small children and pets.
  • Sliding glass doors with internal blinds allow you to add a valance or curtains if desired, since there is no clutter of external material to work around.

ProVia Sliding Glass Patio Doors with Internal Blinds

ProVia’s internal blinds are made of sturdy aluminum for long-lasting performance and are custom fit to the exact dimensions of each door. Blinds tilt, raise and lower using convenient fingertip adjustment slides. Internal blinds are offered in versatile neutral colors—White, Cream, Tan, Silver, Champagne, and Black—to coordinate with your interior design.

Endure™ vinyl patio doors are available with a variety of customization options to enhance your door’s appearance, including multiple door configurations; a wide selection of interior laminated woodgrain colors and popular vinyl or custom exterior paint colors; various internal grid styles and patterns; and multiple choices for decorative or privacy glass and hardware colors.

ProVia sliding glass patio doors are tested against the most stringent industry standards for air and water infiltration, wind load resistance, ease of operation and much more. This means you’ll have lower heating and air-conditioning costs, minimal maintenance and increased comfort. ProVia sliding glass doors with internal blinds are available with double-pane low-E glass and meet ENERGY STAR® qualifications with certain glazing systems, providing improved energy efficiency for your home. Learn more about the energy efficiency of ProVia entry and patio doors.

Last Updated: February 2, 2023

Chris Baio

By Chris Baio

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