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Patios provide a great environment for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors, whether you’re taking some time for yourself or hosting friends. The addition of patio doors helps to connect the patio space to the interior of your home. You can leave the doors open to let the fresh air in, and even when closed they give you a pleasant view of your outdoor space. However, there can be drawbacks. If your house is overlooked by your neighbours, you may lack privacy. Excess light can also be an issue. Electric blinds for patio doors offer a great solution to these problems.

Electric blinds for patio doors can help to regulate the amount of light coming into the room. They also provide privacy, while adding a nice touch to your décor. The blinds come in many different materials, sizes, and designs. With so many things to consider and options to choose from, getting some expert advice is a great idea. This post will answer some frequently asked questions and help you make the best decision when it comes to purchasing your blinds.
 

What are electric blinds?

Electric blinds, also known as motorised blinds, are window or door coverings that run on an electric motor. The blinds are controlled by a remote control, and can be opened or closed at the touch of a button. This makes them a convenient choice for patio doors. 
 

How do you control electric blinds?

Electric or motorised blinds are very convenient because they are remotely controlled. They use radio frequency signals and can be controlled using various devices. You can control electric blinds using a dedicated remote control or a wall switch. They can even be controlled with an app on your phone or tablet. You can also control them with your smart home operating system. This allows you to automatically open or close them at specific times of the day.

 

Electric blinds controlled by a wall switch

 

How are electric blinds for patio doors powered?

There are three primary sources of power supply for electric blinds: battery, plug-in and hard-wired. Battery-powered electric blinds are convenient for patio doors as there are no cords or wiring required. The batteries are quick and easy to replace. Battery-powered blinds use standard D-cell batteries. Or, if you have a plug socket near the door, you can use a DC adapter to plug in the blinds. Another excellent powering option involves connecting the electric blinds to your home’s main power supply. However, this makes the installation process more invasive.
 

Are electric blinds durable?

Electrical blinds for patio doors are generally highly durable. However, if you want to be certain, make sure you buy high-quality electric blinds for patio doors from a well-respected seller. The estimated lifespan of the blinds is five years. However, the period can vary depending on multiple factors. These include frequency of use, location, and how well you take care of them. If you buy a quality product and look after them with care, they can last much longer.

 

Man holding a remote to control the blinds in the background, with the sun setting in the distance

 

What is the cost of installing electric blinds for patio doors?

The cost varies depending on numerous factors. For example, the number of panels on your patio doors will have a major impact on the cost. Also, the source of power will affect the cost of installation. If you plan to power your electric blind using your home’s mains power supply, you’ll pay more because of the labour involved. Battery-powered electric blinds are easier to install and are a cost-effective solution.
 

Do I need to charge the batteries for battery-powered electric blinds?

As with any battery-powered appliance, the batteries in your blinds must be replaced or recharged every so often. Otherwise, they will stop functioning. Rechargeable batteries are a great way to avoid the additional cost of replacing the batteries regularly, particularly if you use your blinds frequently.

 

Four batteries in a re-chargeable pack

 

Can I install electric blinds for patio doors myself? 

With the aid of technology and especially the internet, nothing is impossible. With a bit of guidance, it is feasible to install electric blinds on your patio doors yourself. If you do aim to install the blinds yourself, the easiest to install are those powered by batteries. However, even in this case, it’s important to have knowledge of the basics. It’s even a good idea to have some experience in installing electrical appliances.

Ultimately, needing to fix a poor installation will be far more expensive and time-consuming than simply hiring a professional. For this reason, it is almost always the safer option to get someone with knowledge and experience to install the blinds for you. This is especially true if you want your blinds to be mains-powered or controlled by a switch.
 

Do electric blinds produce noise?

Some do, while others don’t. It all depends on the make, size, product type and brand. However, most electric blinds only produce a soft whirring or humming sound during their operation. In most cases, the sound is very quiet, and will usually be inaudible.

 

Man controlling wooden blinds with a remote controller

 

Are electric blinds for patio doors reliable?

Yes. Electric blinds provide a reliable solution to the problems of shade and privacy. However, the reliability of your blinds will depend on the power source, the make, and the brand. If you want to guarantee the reliability of your electric blinds, be sure to buy them from a reputable seller.
 

Are electric blinds for patio doors worth the investment?

In many cases, yes. Here are a few reasons why they might be a good solution for you:

  • They are convenient: You can operate them while sitting on the settee or at the dinner table, using a remote control device or even an app on your phone or tablet. Electric blinds can also be automated and integrated with your smart home’s operating system. 
  • They are safe: As they are controlled remotely, no cords or wires are needed. This ensures they are safe for children and pets.
  • They are energy-efficient: They provide both insulation and light control. As they can help to regulate the temperature in your home, your heating costs may well come down.

Woman looking outside her patio doors that are decorated with grey motorised blinds

 

Can you buy vertical electric blinds for a patio door?

It’s rare to find vertical electric blinds (those that move from side to side). The majority of electrical blinds are horizontal, meaning they only move up and down and not sideways. This feature makes them more suitable for patio doors. 
 

Can you use electric blinds on sliding patio doors?

Yes, electric blinds are suitable for sliding patio doors. However, it is always a good idea to consult a professional before you make a purchasing decision. They will be able to give you advice tailored to the specific design of your patio doors.

Grey and white patio room with sofa, multiple chairs and sliding patio doors with motorised grey fabric blinds
 

Do electric blinds come with a warranty?

Electric blinds should certainly come with a warranty.  A trustworthy supplier will always provide one. Reputable manufacturers are willing to stand behind their products. This is because they trust the product’s quality. The warranty period can depend on the type and make of the product. 
 

Can you customize electric blinds for patios? 

Yes, you can have your electric blinds for patio doors customized to fit your needs and style. Whether you want the blinds to cover the whole patio door or only a small section of it, the choice is up to you. This also applies to the controls for your electric blinds. You can choose the best and most convenient option for you. 

Luxury scandinavian styled living room with outlook to terrace with black motorised roman blinds
 

How long does the battery in the remote control last?

Roughly five years. The remote control batteries are usually solid and durable. However, it does depend on your daily use. If you use the remote more often, the batteries will drain more quickly. But there’s no need to worry about depleting the battery – it can be easily replaced.
 

Can you see the motor of the electrical blinds?

No. The motor is in-built and invisible. You can’t see the motor unless you open up the mechanism of the blinds. However, we would generally not advise doing this!

Man preparing cream motorised blinds
 

How long does it take to install electric blinds for patio doors?

This will depend on many factors. The number and type of electric blinds you wish to install will affect how long it takes. Also, the source of power will influence the installation period. If you choose to power your electric blinds with your home’s mains power supply, it can take substantially longer. As mentioned above, it is always a good idea to hire professional fitters. Their experience will mean they can fit your blinds as quickly as possible. They will also be able to avoid any errors in the installation process.
 

Are electric blinds for patio doors made-to-measure?

Yes, electric blinds are made-to-measure. This ensures they are a perfect fit for your patio doors. You’ll need to know your door measurements when buying electrical blinds to ensure that you get the right fit. The more accurately you measure, the better the fit. This is another reason to consider getting professional help.

Man measuring patio doors to fit motorised blinds

 

What is the most significant disadvantage of electric blinds for patio doors?

The only major disadvantage can be the cost. Electric blinds are usually more expensive than manual ones. However, the price depends on the nature of the project. But with all the excellent features of electric blinds, the extra cost comes with major benefits.

If you have more questions we’ve not covered here or want to discuss your specific needs, contact us to schedule a consultation. We’ll explain everything in detail, and can take care of the entire process from measuring to fitting.

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