Everyone knows that real wood is the most popular choice when it comes to choosing blinds for your windows in your home. But did you know that wood may not be the ideal choice in every situation?
Therefore, manufacturers are offering an alternative solution in the form of faux wood as window covering for your home and they have a number of advantages that make them ideal in many cases. Homeowners are also now being more acceptable of faux wood blinds as they have realized their benefits vis-à-vis real wood when it comes to home decoration and insulation from heat and cold. Faux wood is either made of vinyl or wood composite which is a mixture of hardwood and synthetic materials.
Advantages of Faux wood blinds
1. More economical than real wood: Faux wood blinds these days look almost identical to real wood blinds and so they not clearly discernable as “fake”. Over and above, you can get a faux wood blind at a fraction of the price of an actual wood blind. It offers a real good return on your investment. It also has a very low maintenance cost.
2. Durable: Faux wood blinds are sturdy and hence durable. It can’t be dented easily and the shape remains more or less perfect even after many years of use. Its life can be extended with a little touch up or a little refinish.
3. Highly resistant to moisture and humidity: Faux wood blinds are resistive to humidity and moisture which makes them ideal for places like kitchen windows and bathrooms too. One of the factors which improves their durability is their high resistance to moisture, which can’t corrode or affect the faux material or protective layers.
4. Attractive: Faux wood blinds look similar to wood and due to advancement in technology in the recent times, the range of choices has also greatly increased for consumers. Lack of choices was one of the main gripes of detractors some years back. It is no longer true.
5. Easy to clean and maintain: Since faux wood is resistant to moisture and water, cleaning a faux wood surface with a wet towel or rinsing it with a detergent would harm the material and would also make it look spic and span. Wood doesn’t enjoy this advantage.
6. UV resistant: Faux wood has better resistance to sunrays and can provide a home from complete UV protection. Faux wood blinds made of wood composite also work in extreme temperature regions.
Let us now look at some drawbacks of faux wood blinds.
1. Extremely heavy: A faux wood blind is much heavier than wood blinds. So mechanical problems are not uncommon. If the cord for pulling the slats wears out, it becomes difficult to open the slats and the system may become useless till the cord is replaced.
Now look at some of the pros and cons of natural wood.
• Look better: Most argue that natural wood looks better. They also give a more uniform look to your home which has varying window sizes. Real wood blinds are available in a number of shade choices. They can be used for different purposes and look elegant almost everywhere.
• Light weight: Window blinds made of natural wood are light and have lesser number of slats. It is easy to open and close them. It also allows better passage of sunlight in the room.
• Not eco-friendly: There is a growing demand across the world for conservation of forests and sustainable felling of trees. Wood blinds use planks of processed lumber availed from felling of trees and thus have harmful effects on the environment.
Your choice of window blinds would depend on your taste, budget as well as the area where you plan to use them. Think of the reasons for which you need a window covering and then decide whether your new blind serves your purpose based on the discussion here.