The types of materials used for window blinds are numerous, including wood, faux wood, vinyl, aluminum, and bamboo. Let’s consider some of the differences between them.
Real wood blinds display their natural grain and are considered a warm and attractive window treatment.
They can be stained and painted to match your interior décor meaning you can find blinds that go with the type of furniture or flooring you are using. This makes wood blinds ideal for use as a standalone window treatment.
However, heat and humidity can affect them, eventually causing them to fade or warp. And they can show scratches. This means you will need to continually clean and maintain real wood blinds. This makes them the wrong choice for a bathroom window treatment.
Finally, using wood is typically your most expensive window blind option.
Faux wood is a composite material, being a combination of vinyl and real wood.
For a window treatment, this gives you the look of wood while providing additional durability. They are made with a coating that helps these blinds resist cracking, warping, or fading. This makes them a good choice for a place with moisture in the air such as a bathroom or kitchen. It is also easier to maintain blinds made of faux wood.
Faux wood blinds, however, do not have the “feel” of wood. They are also heavier than the real wood blinds meaning that more support strings are usually required than real wood blinds. This can be a problem where blinds must cover larger windows. Color choices may also be limited.
If you need blinds that look a lot like wood and are more durable and easier to take care of, faux wood blinds may be your choice.
All vinyl blinds are similar to faux wood blinds, but because they don’t use any real wood they are easier to manufacture and therefore not as costly.
They are available in a range of colors and styles, including some that try to look like wood. And because the color runs through them, they are less likely to show scratches. They are good at blocking sunlight and are less affected by heat and humidity than real wood. They are also very durable and easy to maintain.
Their main disadvantage is an aesthetic one as up close you can see they are not real wood. Some people say that since they don’t feel like real wood, they will not add as much value to your home or will not provide as unique a window treatment.
Aluminum blinds are typically the lightest choice of blind material as well as being one of the least costly choices. When used for a window treatment, they can provide a modern look because they are available in many bright colors. However, they can be bent or creased more easily than blinds of other materials, meaning you will need to be more careful when cleaning them.
Finally, some blinds are available in bamboo and other woven grasses. These are for people who want more eco-friendly materials. They also go well with homes that are designed with a more natural interior decoration.
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