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Can Blinds Between Glass Be Repaired?

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.

Blinds Between Glass Detail

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.

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  • 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.

  • 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!

    • Linnea - Most of the brands that we've dealt with will require the entire glass unit to be replaced. The glass is typically a multi-pane glass that's sealed with the blinds inside it. You should be able to get just that glass unit and replace it entirely without ever taking the door off the hinges.

    • Where were you able to find just the replacement panels? I have been looking for them for my French doors and I have not been able to find somewhere to just order the panels with blinds. Thanks

      • Home Depot has the insert panels. I just bought one, 22.75" x 65.75" that has the blinds inside the insulated thermal glass ( $162.). They are easy to change out.

          • I would like to replace the glass in my door with the glass with blind insert. Do you know where this can be found in different sizes or if this can be done at all? Thanks Fay

  • 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.

    • 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.

      • Oh Man, thank you so much! Our blinds were stuck half way down and sideways...I was researching how to replace the glass and read your comment. I opened them and tried to pull them all the way up, and they work now! Thank You!

  • 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.

    • Sherry - A picture might help solve this. There are a few styles on the market including some that use magnets to "attach" the level to the mechanism. If it's one of those you just re-align them and it works. If not you may have to replace the unit.

      • I had the same problem today and after reading your answer I pushed tab to the top and the magnet re-aligned. thank you

  • 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

  • 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.


    • 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.

      • I am having the same problem. I tried it in the "open" position and the magnet lets go on all of my blinds about half way up. The blinds fall back to the bottom and the magnet goes back to the top. Not sure how to fix this.

    • 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.

      • Graeme.....THANK YOU, THANK YOU so much. That extra inch and the magnet STRONGLY engaged, just like you said. The blinds work fine now.

      • This trick of moving lifting the magnet up an extra inch after the first magnet engaged worked perfectly. I was trying all the solutions listed above until I came to this one and when I tried it, voila! Thank you so much! Now, can you move that post to the top??

      • WOW!!! Your solution worked like a charm! After fooling around trying to make my inside the door shades work, without success, I .tried your solution and it worked first time. Thanks so much!

      • Thank you so much for the help with the blinds. Mine had been stuck in the down position for almost a year now. I had given up on them and was going to have the glass unit replaced. I hated not being able to see out these French doors. This is where my bird feeder was and it looked into the backyard so I could watch the kids. I followed the directions with the magnets and voila! They work again. I can see out for the first time in a very long time. Again, THANKS!

  • 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.



  • 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?

    • Yep. ODL does the same thing. Brand new and can't open blinds even in open position. $300 waste.

  • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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 - It really needs to be the same brands as the original. Otherwise, the glass won't likely fit the opening. What brand do you have?

  • 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?

    • Sometimes the hinges will have the manufacturer stamped on them. Sometimes in the corner of the glass you can see a very faint label.

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