Do you hate having to clean the blinds on your windows? Dust buildup and the individual slots can be a real nuisance to manage, no matter what you use on them. Dusters help to an extent, but they often do not reach every nook and cranny. Indeed, cleaning window can be a burdensome task that many homeowners choose to avoid. If you are one of these people, you may want to consider built-in or internal blinds.
As the name connotes, they are build into the window itself, which means you never have to worry about maintenance. The main benefit to this type of blind is that it will not gather dust and other debris. You will need to clean the glass like any other, but this is a much easier job. However, there are some downsides to these units. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of choosing internal over external too.
Are internal blinds right for you?
They don’t collect debris
Safer for children
Can increase energy efficiency
Inability to change out
Most are not decorative
Difficult to clean
The best thing about internal is that they rarely collect dust and debris. This eliminates the hassle on your end of having to clean them on a regular basis. In addition, this will also reduce the amount of allergens that are present. The latter often accumulate on traditional, which can cause health issues for people that have allergies. Built in blind are well suited for families with children, because there are not ropes or cords present that can serve as a hazard.
Likewise, the blinds are better protected from children’s hands. Bent or broken (also caused by pets) or annoying; this problem is virtually eliminated with internal. While this has not been completely warranted, it is has been said that windows with built in blinds have improved energy efficiency than those that do not.
The major disadvantage to having these is that the initial cost can be quite expensive. Windows with built-ins are considered a specialty piece, which means you are going to pay more for them. Given that internal are installed between the panes, you will likely be unable to swap them out. They are often permanent, and the changing process requires disassembling the unit. Most internal blinds are not very stylish, which can put a damper on many homeowners’ plans to make their windows decorative. These are standardized and do not come in a variety of styles like regular blinds do. In the event that dirt does become present (due to damage), you will be forced to open the window up to clean them. Thus, internal blinds may or may not be the best option for you. These pros and cons should give you the knowledge you need to make an informed purchase though.