Select Wood Blinds Versus Faux Wood Blinds For Your Home

Hunter Douglas Everwood 

In today's home improvement fashions, wood blinds are becoming more popular, with homeowners enjoying the look, feel, and aesthetics of natural blinds. Wood blinds perfectly compliment rooms such as home offices or dens, kitchens, family rooms, and even bedrooms, offering an elegant window treatment. Wood blinds create a warm and inviting feeling while offering much needed shade and temperature control to homes throughout the Nation. However, there are certain advantages to both wood blinds compared to faux wood blinds.

Given the supply and demand of materials, natural wood blinds can oftentimes come at a higher price tag when compared to faux wood. Since budget is typically top of a homeowner's list of importance, this often places faux blinds as a more viable option.

Faux blinds are able to offer the richness and presence of natural wood and their durable construction make them a viable option for high moisture areas in the home such as the kitchen and bathroom. By selecting faux window treatments, the homeowner has more control over both stain and paint finishes.

Here are just a few reasons why faux blinds offer the best in longevity, value and quality for your home:

  1. Faux blinds oftentimes cost less to manufacturer, and in turn, can cost less for the consumer. Since they are crafted using readily available composite materials rather than real wood, this option typically meets most homeowner budgets. It is recommended to find a company that both manufacturers and provides installation services to receive the best price and fastest installation turnaround.
  2. Faux blinds are known to be more durable due to their composite makeup over wood. Vinyl, the main ingredient in the composite material, is very durable and is particularly resistant to warping, cracking, or rotting due to temperature changes. Quality blinds should be manufactured with at least a 500 hour UV rating to make them the most resistant to extreme heat and moisture and also to prevent coloring or turning yellow. Generally speaking, wood can wear a bit faster than composite, making this option a better value long term.
  3. To maintain good quality control, attempt to purchase your faux blinds from manufacturers within the United States. The higher quality in working with a company that both manufacturers and installs their window treatments and blinds will ensure a better overall experience. Lastly, faux blinds offer the most resistance over different seasons such as hot summers and very cold winters.
Jennifer Greenfield writes on interior design and home fashion. 
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