FAQs

Where can I purchase ODL Add-On Blinds?

Find out where to buy ODL Add-On Blinds, or call ODL at 866.635.4968 for more information.

How do I measure to select the correct Add-On Blinds size or model?

The way to measure for your Add-On Blinds will depend on whether you have a raised frame or a flush frame door. Find out how to choose the right Add-On Blinds for your door.

How do I select the correct Add-On Blinds size or model?

It takes just three simple steps to know which door blinds product is right for your door. Find out how to choose the right Add-On Blinds for your door.

Are custom sizes available?

Custom sizes are not available. However, ODL Add-On Blinds are designed to fit most standard-size half-view 36" height and full-view 64" height door glass as well as select sidelites. For size information and to identify the correct model for your door, find out how to choose the right Add-On Blinds for your door.

Do Add-On Blinds work with impact glass (i.e. hurricane glass) entry doors?

The glass and frames for impact glass are reinforced, making them thicker than traditional door glass and frame units. ODL Add-On Blinds will not fit over this type of frame or any door containing impact or hurricane glass.

Are ODL Add-On Blinds easy to install?

Yes. ODL Add-On Blinds for Doors install over existing doorglass and are designed for quick and easy installation. Most installations take less than an hour. Visit the installation page for more information.

Can the frame of the Add-On Blinds unit be painted or stained?

Yes, the Add-On Blinds frame can be painted with acrylic latex enamel paint or stained using a gel stain.

What sort of regular maintenance is required for Add-On Blinds?

Add-On Blinds for Doors require almost no maintenance. ODL Add-On Blinds are enclosed between glass to eliminate dusting, tangled cords, or damage to the blind slats. Clean the surface glass as you would a window, using a quality window cleaner. The frame can be cleaned with mild soap and water.

How can I clean the glass or frame on my Add-On Blinds?

Clean the surface glass as you would a window, using a quality window cleaner. You may want to take the unit down once a year to clean the inside glass next to the blinds. (Visit the installation page and reverse the instructions to remove the Add-On Blind unit.) Before removing the Add-On Blinds unit, raise the blinds all the way to the top to avoid damaging the slats. Next, simply unlatch the side clips (pivot them outwards) to remove the unit. Clean the glass using a quality window cleaner.

The Add-On Blinds for Doors frame can be cleaned with a cloth and mild soap and water.

How do I remove the Add-On Blinds unit from my door to clean the inside?

Be sure to raise the blinds all the way to the top before removing the unit to avoid damaging the slats. Then, simply unlatch the side clips (pivot them outwards) and lift the unit off the top brackets. If you have a full-view unit, you may want to have a second person to assist. (Visit the installation page and reverse the instructions to remove the Add-On Blind unit.)

I am trying to install my Add-On Blind and the unit does not seem to fit. What should I do?

Confirm your door type (raised frame vs. flush frame) and review the installation instructions for your door type. Should you still have an issue, contact our customer service at 1.866.635.4968 for assistance.

There is a red tab or red screws on my new Add-On Blinds unit. Should I remove them?

The red tab or red screws are used to secure the blinds in the raised position during shipping and initial installation steps. Do not remove until you reach the step in the installation instructions when you are ready to hang the unit. The blinds will not function until the red tab or screws are removed.

My door knob hardware interferes with the Add-On Blinds frame. What should I do?

If your door hardware is located close to your door glass frame, you may encounter interference with the fit of your Add-On Blinds unit. To avoid this interference, simply remove the filler strip located on side of the Add-On Blind frame. This will allow the escutcheon plate of your door hardware to slip underneath the frame. If the tabs that hold the filler strip on the frame are in the way, simply clip them off with a pair of pliers.

My lever door handle interferes with the Add-On Blinds frame. What should I do?

If you have a lever door handle, there is a slight chance that the Add-On Blind unit may interfere with the turning of the handle. To adjust your handle to fit, you may need to change your handle so that it does not interfere with the frame, or purchase a lever door handle extender.

When choosing a new handle or an extender, keep in mind that the Add-On Blinds frame for raised frame doors is 1-1/2" thick, and the unit for flush frame doors is 1-3/16". Therefore, the clearance between the door and the lever handle needs to be as follows:

  • For raised frames: at least 1-9/16"
  • For flush frames: at least 1-1/4"

What happens if I have condensation on my door glass after installing ODL Add-On Blinds?

Interior condensation is caused by excess humidity in your home. ODL Add-On Blinds for Doors do not cause condensation but can be a good indicator of humidity levels that are too high. Keep in mind that, in newly constructed homes, construction materials will release moisture through several heating and cooling cycles. Condensation does not indicate a defect in a door blind unit and will not damage your Add-On Blind unit.

If your door glass has interior condensation, you should be able to control it by reducing the humidity level in your home (by, for example, reducing or eliminating the use of humidifiers). Below is a quick guide to appropriate humidity levels:

Maximum recommended humidity levels
(based on inside home temperature of 70°F)
Outside temperature °F Inside humidity
20°F to 40°F Not over 40%
10°F to 20°F Not over 30%
0°F to 10°F Not over 25%
-20°F to 0°F Not over 20%
Below -20°F Not over 15%

You can also help limit the potential for condensation between your door glass and the Add-On Blind glass by removing the filler strips located on the sides of the Add-On Blind frame, which will increase the airflow between the unit and your door glass. Refer to the filler strip removal video for details.

The blinds have come out of the privacy channels. How do I get them back into place so they function correctly?

ODL Add-On Blinds units feature privacy channels on each side of the frame that guide the blinds and block the light 'leaks' that are typical in traditional, unenclosed blinds. These channels guide the operation of the blinds up and down, and keep them in place when the door opens and closes.

Rarely, the blinds will slip out of the channel(s). Should this occur, remove the Add-On Blinds unit from the door. (Visit the installation page and reverse the instructions to remove the Add-On Blind unit.) Once the Add-On Blinds unit is off the door, keep the unit vertical and use the tilt operator to adjust the pitch of the blinds until they slip back into the privacy channel(s).

Before reinstalling the unit onto the door, use the operator to fully raise the blinds. With the blinds completely raised, reinstall the Add-On Blinds unit.

Should the issue persist, contact ODL customer service at 1.866.635.4968 for additional assistance.

The raise/lower controller is stuck or very hard to operate. How do I fix this?

The controller should slide up and down smoothly, although raising the blinds may require some additional force. If the controller feels like it's stuck or if it becomes very hard to adjust, it is possible that the internal glide pads has fallen off. Contact our customer service team at 1.866.635.4968 for additional assistance.

What type of glass is included with Add-On Blinds?

ODL Add-On Blinds for Doors are manufactured with tempered safety glass. US and Canadian Law requires that all entry door glass be made of tempered glass, aka safety glass.

I am looking for blinds that are behind glass for my windows. Does ODL offer a similar product as Add-On Blinds for windows?

Do ODL Add-On Blinds come with a warranty? How do I make a claim?

ODL Add-On Blinds for Doors feature a 5-year warranty. Any claims should be submitted in writing via email or mailed to:

ODL, Inc.
Attn: Warranty Claims
215 East Roosevelt
Zeeland, MI 49464