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Solar Shading Solutions for minimal windows® Systems

From blinds to electrochromic glass, there is a wide variety of solar shading options to use alongside minimal windows glazing systems.

Our slim sliding doors can reach impressive sizes whilst maintaining ultra slim framing by utilising modern architectural glazing advances.

The minimal framing and large glass panes have a wide range of benefits including maximising natural light within a home, complementing luxury interior designs and blending in with modern and minimal building finishes.

With large glazing elevations some may be concerned about the level of sunlight and solar glare inside the property. minimal windows have a range of solar shading options to choose from to suit specific design requirements.

luxury new build with external fixed louvres
external shading solution blinds for minimal windows sliding doors

External Solar Shading Solutions

There are many external solar shading solutions available for slim sliding doors including sliding shutter screens and brise soleil. External shutters can be manually operated or incorporate motorisation for ease of use. 

Timber or aluminium brise soleil type systems are available from Avino Timber and other companies we often work with and can be fixed or motorised depending on the project specification.  

Automated external shading systems enhance comfort and control of the atmosphere while increasing privacy and enhancing your decor. Joining minimal windows with a high specification external shading system sets a new standard for luxury, with automated shading systems offering a reduction in glare and lower heat gain.

External Blinds are a popular choice for minimal windows glazing systems. These external blinds are designed to fall to the bottom of the windowpane offering maximum sun protection no matter the height of your sliding doors.

A range of different blind designs are available including beaded slats, flat slats, and dim-out slats, which can be integrated easily into the existing structure.

The system is designed to have outstanding performance levels and offers options to slide neatly back into the blind box with full control offered from a remote control.

timber brise soleil system - sliding wooden shutters over slim sliding doors
vertical fixed external louvres in luxury home

External Louvres for Solar Shading

External timber louvres are an excellent choice for a solar shading solution as they can also be used as a design feature of the home.

Various design can be used for external louvres, they can be designed to be horizontal or vertical and Avino offer both fixed and automated options for complete freedom of design.

This impressive new build in Surrey with bespoke slim sliding doors is a prime example of where external timber louvres have been used alongside architectural glazing as a design feature but with the added functionality of providing solar shading for the internal living spaces. 

timber overhang for solar shading to sliding doors
solar shading solutions for slim sliding doors

Timber Overhang Solar Shading Solutions

Clever architectural designs can also incorporate solar shading solutions for slim framed glazing. A popular way to do this is by creating overhangs, usually made of timber, that shade external balcony areas.

Many projects with minimal windows glazing have done this such as our award-winning Stonecrop project in the Midlands. This sustainable home combines timber with architectural glazing for a unique design and a large overhang on the south elevation provides solar shading.

Another example of this is Horizons, a project in South West England that has multiple minimal windows® Sliding Doors and again uses a peaked timber overhang as a solar shading solution.

internal blinds to provide solar shading by large slim sliding doors with minimal aluminium framing
internal blinds from grants blinds in front of minimal windows aluminium sliding glass doors

Internal Solar Shading Options

Curtains are used in many buildings to protect internal living spaces from solar glare. It depends on the interior design of the property as to whether they are the most suitable design choice for your window dressing.  

Alternative solar shading solutions for slim sliding glass doors include using internal blinds. Grants Blinds have a wide range of internal blind systems that can be automated or operated manually, and modern blind systems can be concealed within building finishes when not in use.

These new internal blind systems that retract into concealed cavities in the ceiling don’t disrupt the aesthetic of the interior.

external automated corner blinds from grants blinds to go over minimal windows sliding glass doors
automated internal corner blinds from grants blinds

Blinds for Corner Opening

When it comes to incorporating corner opening sliding doors into a building, finding the right solar shading solutions can be difficult.

Many corner-connected blinds use a wire to guide the blinds, meaning that when the blinds are up, and the doors are open the guide wire is still in place at the corner. This reduces the open nature of the opening corner design.

Grants Blinds have designed a new corner blind that is automated and requires no wire. The vertical blinds on both elevations are connected at the corner and move together, meaning that corner of the room and be fully opened up without obstruction, to create a stunning and functional indoor-outdoor living area.

Space permitting, a dual roller blind that zips together when lowered can be installed to avoid having a gap between the two blinds. The corner zip blind can be concealed within head boxes and side boxes, hiding the vertical side channels at the two sides.

Certain restrictions in the design and accessibility need to be considered for these blinds so speaking to a member of our technical team can help ensure you get the right solar shading solution for your project.

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electrochromic glass faded two ways to provide solar shading all day

Solar Shading Glazing Options

Solar control glass can be used to minimise solar radiation coming through your slim sliding doors however, it will not provide a full level of solar shading.

Electrochromic glass is a unique solar shading solution that renders blinds unnecessary and offers light transmissions as low as 1% when the glass is fully activated.

Electricity is applied to a coating within the glass unit, where an ionised coating is attracted to one face of the coating. The particles then build up, creating a tinted coating that provides a high level of solar shading.

The electric glazing system is designed to fully replace the need for blinds for shading purposes.

In rural locations this glass technology is used to reduce light transmission out of a building, helping the property to adhere to light pollution planning requirements.

For more information about solar shading options for minimal windows luxury glazing systems, get in touch with the team today.