Looking to install new blinds? Like many homeowners, you may love the look of wood but don’t love the high price tag and upkeep it requires. This is where faux wood blinds come in! They are a great alternative to real wood, providing the same beautiful look but at a more affordable price.
But what is “faux wood” made of and what makes it different from the real thing?
Common Materials Used in Faux Wood Blinds
The composition of faux wood blinds depends on the manufacturer and the individual product. The most common materials include:
- Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
- Composite wood core with sturdy plastic polymer coating
While all of these material compositions offer benefits over real wood blinds, they are not all created equal. Some varieties from lower-quality manufacturers are thin and flimsy, flexing more than real wood. This requires extra string supports to prevent the window treatment from bowing, which could result in a less attractive look.
That’s why it’s important to not just consider the material, but also the manufacturer and installer when choosing faux wood blinds. With a high-quality product and professional installation, you can achieve a beautiful, real-wood look that fools even the keenest observers – all without the high cost and increased maintenance requirements of real wood blinds.
Real Wood vs. Faux Wood Blinds
Real wood blinds are beautiful and comparatively lightweight, but they’re very expensive. They’re also susceptible to warping in humid rooms, such as the kitchen and bathroom, and the finish can fade or crack after years in the sun. Dust also collects quickly on real wood blinds, especially if you use an oil-based dusting product to clean the slats.
Faux wood blinds are affordable, durable and easy to maintain. Many have an anti-static feature that helps prevent excessive dust from settling, reducing how often you need to break out the feather duster. To ensure long-lasting blinds that don’t fade or yellow after years of hanging in direct sunlight, look for products with 100 percent UV protection. Remember, faux wood blinds come with added weight, which could make them a poor choice for very large windows. The added weight also makes professional installation a must.
Blind Installation in the Arlington & Seattle Areas
Are you interested in faux wood blinds for your home? Contact Pacific Partners Insulation North today for help choosing the right blinds for your northwestern Washington home. We look forward to helping you make the best window coverings choice for your home!