Can Blinds Between Glass Be Repaired?

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Blinds Between Glass

Doors with Blinds Between Glass

I wrote and article about French Doors with Built In Blinds awhile ago and numerous people have asked how to repair these type of window treatments if they get damaged. The answer is not one most people want to hear. Almost all of the doors and windows sold today with blinds between the glass are not easily repairable.

Most manufacturers are installing the blinds inside a sealed thermal window assembly. Because of this the only way to get at the blinds and therefore repair them is to take apart the thermal glass assembly, thus rendering it useless. For a majority of these windows and doors you’ll need to buy the sealed glass assembly and replace it.

This doesn’t mean the entire door or window must be replaced. This just means that you’ll be replacing the entire insulated window assembly just as you would if you broke the glass.

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At least one manufacturer is building units that the shades are enclosed in a separate piece of glass and snapped into place. This allows for you to remove them, change them or replace them without needing to replace the main glass assembly. Having said all that we have two French Doors built by ThermaTru with blinds between the glass and so far after 4 years we’ve had no problems.

If you end up having trouble with the blinds I’d start by contacting the manufacturer to see which type of system you have. At the very least you should be able to buy a replacement assembly to replace the damaged blinds.

If you own a Therma-Tru door then here is the Customer Support Link.

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  • Charles Wilson says:

    We have 10 yr old french doors and single doore with bars between the glass. Can we buy a replacement with the blinds inside of the 2 glasses and put in the doors after removing the old glass? I look at them and it appeared the distance between the glass with the bars is not as wide as the blinds. We looked at Lowes.

  • Linnea says:

    We just installed the french doors with blinds between the glass and a rock has spider webbed it. Do I have to replace the entire door or can we replace just the outside glass? PLEASE tell me what I want to hear LOL thanks in advance!

  • lauri says:

    we have a peachtree door with enclosed mini blinds. They will only go half way down. the magnet seems to be misplaced in the track. it will not click back into place…any tips on fixing this…the door isn’t even a year old.

    • Todd says:

      Lauri – Have you tried “turning” the blind control arm? The one problem with these blinds is they really should only be moved up and down when the blinds are in the open position. Many times you need to “open” the blinds before trying to move them any further.

  • Sherry says:

    We have a french door with built-in blinds in our master bedroom. My son was closing the blinds and the latch came detached from the blinds. The thing you push left or right to open and close at the top of the door just slides back and forth now. It isn’t attached to anyting. You can still raise the blinds up and down, but they won’t open or close. Is there a way to fix this without replacing? I don’t know the brand of the door because it came with the house when we bought it. Thank you so much for any help you can give.

  • isra abu saadeh says:

    which the best external blinds or blinds between glasses
    i have to make a report about this
    but i did not fond except the advantages off this two type

  • Dan says:

    Todd, I have a 10 month old sliding patio door with blinds between the glass. It appears the magnet is not working or slipping. The magnet comes loose half way up the window. I can only get the blind half way up before the magnet lets loose. How can I fix this? Its a Jeld Wen.

    Dan

    • Todd says:

      Are the blinds in the open or closed position? Not the up and down portion but are the blinds set in the open (let light in) position? They must be in that position and not closed before trying to move them up and down.

    • Graeme says:

      I found the solution to my issue, which was displaying the same symptoms as you… When reattaching the handle, you have to keep it raised/angled away from the glass and move it above where you initially feel it try and grab the magnet inside the blinds and move it another inch or two up and you feel it grab that magnet MUCH more firmly and then the mechanism worked perfectly after that.

  • Robert Lindsay says:

    Dan,

    Above you wrote: “At least one manufacturer is building units that the shades are enclosed in a separate piece of glass and snapped into place. This allows for you to remove them, change them or replace them without needing to replace the main glass assembly.” Can you tell me who these manufacturers are? This seems like the better way of constructing a patio door.

    Thanks,

    Rob

  • Richard says:

    I too am having problems with the magnet letting go on my blinds about half way up. I moved the blinds to the open position and it did not help. the blinds drop back down to the bottom and the magnet “inside” goes to the top and the handle goes to the bottom. Is there another fix for this?

  • Mujlo says:

    Hi Tod, is there a youtube link I can veiw to know how to replace the panel with a in between glass blinds. I have a french door that came with the house and over period of time one of the strings inside the pannel has broken. The blinds look like sandwitched pigion sad to say.. I want to replace the panel myself. I have seen videos of removeable panels but I was unable to find one for replacement for built in units. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    • Todd says:

      I don’t have a youtube video on that. Let me do some research and see if I can find one for you. It’s my understanding that most of these units have the glass sealed with the blinds in them. So it should be just as easy as replacing a normal glass unit.

      • Mujlo says:

        You are right, I think its just as simple as replacing a normal glass unit. However I am having difficulty locating a vendor to order the replacement panel. I know I would be reluctant to recommend one vendor or the other if I were you but I would greatly appreciate it if you can guide me in finding one where I can order a repalcement panel. I promise I will not hold you liable one way or the other.LOL.

  • Mujlo says:

    I wish I knew! It came with the house I bought. And the door has been painted. Where on the door should I look to see what brand or manufacturer, any ideas?

  • John says:

    I have a 36×94 and 1 and a half thick of double pane glass sliding door. Can I install blinds between the glass??

  • I purchased 3 french doors and added the mini blind at my local
    Lowe’s Store. I believ they are MasterCraft. One of the Mini
    Blinds which attach to the door dropped due to the plastic bracket
    broke off. Where can I purchase the plastic bracket which holds
    the Mini Blind in place with a sheet metal screw?
    Thank you in advance…….Frank Garcia

  • Matthew says:

    I just spent the last hour at least fixing my inside french door shutter blinds. My issue was that my shutters are sealed in the glass, and the magnet kept skipping about halfway down. This caused the shutters to be stuck on the left side about 3/4 of the way up. I was incredibly frustrated because I thought this is going to turn into something that stays broken forever and I am assuming it is an expensive fix to replace that entire glass.

    The way I was able to fix it was as you guys stated above pretty much with one minor difference. First, I made sure the shutters were in the open position from the top adjuster. Then I kept sliding the lever over and over for about a half hour. I almost gave up but right when I was about to give up because it was not catching it caught for a second and the shutters on the left side of the window (not the left door, just the left side of the shutter was stuck – the right side would move freely until it got to the point that the left side was holding it up) and they came down about half way. I kept messing with it, and unfortunately for me it caused them to raise back up and get restuck.

    Anyhow, to make a long story shorter, I removed the magnet from underneath the slider. I physically pulled the lever out towards me until the magnet underneath it was able to pop out. Then using just the magnet without the lever I kept twisting and turning it where it was getting stuck/slipping while moving it up and down. Finally, the entire shutter fell down inside the window 7/8 of the way down. Then I very gently with small movements kept bouncing it until it came all the way down. Then I put the magnet back where it belongs and decided I am not going to mess with them again. It did not actually fix it, but at least it closed them entirely and I don’t have to mess with them any longer.

  • jeff says:

    i have vinly french doors the blinds broke they seem to be seald how can i get them apart to fix blinds doors are good dont know the brand of doors.if i have to replace door can you just buy one door thanks

  • jeff says:

    jeff again if i can fix blind where do i get information on how to get the glass apart what is used to seperate the glass thanks

    • Todd says:

      You can’t separate the glass, it’s sealed for energy efficiency. You may be able to order the glass without ordering a new door. To do this you need to figure out what brand it is..usually says on the glass in one of the corners.

  • Janet says:

    Hi Todd!
    My question is when I raised the blinds because I love to let the light inside the house(I don’t really do it that often,other times ill just open blinds) but when I raised them as I was sliding them back down they got hung on 1 side.
    I played with it sliding the magnet up and down back and forth until it finally slid them back most the way. Now they are hung about 5 inches from the bottom and I just can’t get them down.
    Can you take the screws outside the frame of the glass and maybe pull em down that way or am I going to have to get a new blind piece inside there???
    I just don’t like having it to where you can see inside my home.
    Thanks so much!!

  • Sam says:

    We just moved to our new home and we have 3 sets of pella patio doors with the blinds in them. One day I was opening the blinds – pulling them up – when something inside ‘fell’ and hit the bottom of the inside glass. I concluded that the counter balance magnet slipped to the bottom. I contacted Pella and they told me to do the usual slide the magnet up and down…which I have done many…many times, to no avail. Its pretty sad. I’m guessing I will need to get a new door? I did take the one door off the track and tried to fix it by turning the whole pane upside down…nothing slipped down like I thought it would and things are back to square one!

    I’m sure I will have to buy a replacement panel..don’t want to but what are my options?

  • Michelle says:

    Hi Todd

    My mini blinds inside french doors are stuck. On the outside vinyl strip that moves blinds up and down about two inches of the vinyl is pressed in so the lever catches there and won’t go past it?

    Any ideas? Can that outside piece be replaced? Help, please window is stuck open on bottom.

    Thank you
    Michelle

  • Alexis Redmond says:

    I have “Specialty” brand French patio doors with the blinds inside them. They were installed in 2009. In 2011, the string broke on one side of the blind. I found a door company that could find replacement glass inserts for me. Fast forward to 2014, and the same blind broke again. The door company cannot help me. They told me to find the website for “Specialty” brand doors but I can’t find anything online and I have no contact information for the company that installed them.

    Do you have a contact for Specialty brand doors? I can get replacement panels that are not the same brand but they are $600 for each door (2 doors).

    I’m starting to feel like these are not good doors to get. They break too often and seem expensive to fix. I raise my blinds daily as they are the only windows in my kitchen. Am I not supposed to raise them that often?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Todd says:

      Alexis – I’ve never heard of that brand before. The French Doors that I personally have, I do not pull them up daily, we just open and close the louvers. This technology is great, but they can break just like a window blind. Knowing that they do have parts that can break should play into how they are used. Wish I had a contact for you. Best of luck.

  • gary says:

    hi so the magnets came off the little box that shifts the blinds to open and close its a little control at the top of blind inside the glass about a 6 inch long slide area only 2 magnets on slider handle 2 magnets behind the glass but now dangling on the metal turner…got a really strong magnet and can kind of bump the turn box a little but not enuff to open slats for light any ideas,,,thanks gary

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