As The Sun Rises Blinds May Be The Answer

A woman sitting outside a building with integral blinds on the windows

Morley Glass MD, Ian Short, highlights why homeowners may well be finding that they need easy to use year-round shading for their windows and doors as the UK gradually becomes a sunnier place.

The unseasonably warm and sunny start to September for most of us serves as an important reminder that the UK’s weather can never really be predicted. Intense, bright sunshine is not only a summertime phenomenon – it is something we can experience all year-round.

In fact, when we look at the stats for recent years, the sunniest months in the UK are not always what you’d expect. For example, in 2021 it was April that saw the most sunshine at an average of 7.6 hours per day. In March 2022, there was more sunshine than in May of the previous year and – incredible as it may seem – did you know that February 2019 was as sunny as June 2016?

And of course, this September is set to be the hottest on record – and hotter than most of the summer months.


Sunnier weather – what’s not to like?

According to the Met Office, data for the most recent period (2013–2022) was the sunniest on record – an average of 3% more hours of bright sunshine than between 1991–2020, and 9% more than 1961-1990.

What does all this mean for our homes, schools and workplaces? First and foremost it means that we need to ensure we have a quick and easy way to control excessive sunlight throughout the year – not just cope with it during a few weeks in the summer. In my opinion, there is no better way to do this than by installing integral blinds from in the windows, doors and rooflights that are most likely to be affected.


We can help

Whilst the news that Britain may be getting sunnier is great news for sun-worshippers, it is not so good when you’ve got to work, study and sleep. But it is easy to take control of the amount of light coming into your property with any of the five different control systems available for our Uni-Blinds systems.

These integral blind units – blinds that sit between the panes of glass in a sealed unit – are suitable for all types of windows and doors made with PVC-U, aluminium or timber frames, including vertically sliding sash windows, bi-fold doors and even rooflights. They are all made to order and can be used in brand new windows or to retrofit existing windows or doors.

Our manually controlled integral blind options give customers the choice of a traditional corded control system – the C System – or our number one selling system which is operated using a magnetic slider mounted to the glass, the SV System. Another similar system just for pleated and pleated blackout blinds is our S System. All these integral blinds are not only simple to use but are very easy for any competent window installer to fit.


Motorised option

For those who are looking for a motorised integral blind option, we offer the MB System and W Smart. The MB System uses a brushless motor to provide long term smooth operation controlled by remote control, wall mounted controls or a smartphone. W Smart offers easy installation because it is powered by a rechargeable battery charged by a tiny externally mounted solar panel – this eliminates the need for an electrician. With both these systems, you can raise, lower or tilt the blinds at the touch of a button – what could be easier than that?


Picture: Integral blinds from Morley Glass can protect homes from overheating in the hotter weather the UK is experiencing at different times of the year.

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Article written by Cathryn Ellis
12th September 2023


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