Install an enclosed door glass blind

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While a glass door is a solution that allows you to see what’ s happening outside, it also let’ s anyone see inside, eliminating your privacy.

Do you have a dark hallway with doors or an entrance door that could be more attractive if it allowed for daylight to brighten the view? While a glass door is a solution that allows you to see what’s happening outside, it also let’s anyone see inside, eliminating your privacy. You can cover a glass window door with a curtain, blind or shade but that may involve a cord or loose fabric; instead consider an enclosed door glass blind as an alternative door treatment for a back door entrance or the sidelights of an entrance door.

An enclosed door glass blind is designed for a standard 8-foot door or half-door that fits over a raised or flat frame. The enclosed treatment has a shade or blind sealed between tempered safety glass operated by a single operation. Touch the button on the side of the unit to raise the shade or tilt the blinds with fingertip control that tilts, raises and lowers the blind.

We found them at the manufacturer’s site www.odl.com, where there’s also information about finding a distributor and how to install the unit. Privacy channels on each side of the door glass eliminate light gaps when the blinds are closed, including streetlight shadows or sunlight glare.

A carpenter will charge $196 to install a 20-inch-by-36-inch enclosed door glass blind window on a typical exterior door. That includes labor and material. You can buy the unit for $105 and install it yourself, saving 46%.

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Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved

$196 — $105 — 1.2 — 1.8 — $91 — 46%

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