Wood Blinds Vs. Faux Wood Blinds
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Faux wood blinds are an alternative to wood blinds that many people are choosing these days. They're typically cheaper, saving you money. They're made of a PVC plastic material, which means they're moisture proof, UV protected, and generally scratch proof. They can stand up to humidity and extreme temperatures, making them an ideal window covering for bathrooms or other rooms that are exposed to direct sunlight. Faux wood blinds are crafted with wood-like stains and finishes, giving them the look of wood blinds. They're also easy to clean; a simple dusting will clean off most dirt and dust, and a little soap and water will tackle the dirtier spots. Faux wood blinds usually have a longer life span then real wood as well.
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While faux wood blinds can have the look of real wood, they don't have the same classic feel that real wood blinds can bring to a room. Wood blinds are made from a variety of hard woods, and the materials are usually lighter than the PVC material used for faux wood blinds. Lighter materials means that the blinds are easier to lift, with fewer ladder cords needed. The down side to wood blinds is the natural material means they are more prone to scratches, cracking, and warping when exposed to extreme temperatures or high humidity. Wood blinds are more suited to dry areas. Wood blinds, while a higher price point than faux wood blinds, are also more energy efficient and usually available in many more natural stains and finishes.
Both faux wood and wood blinds are fantastic options for your home. Consider the environment you'll be using blinds in before purchasing. If you have children or pets, maybe faux wood blinds, with their ability to stand up to scratches, are a better option. If it's a room that doesn't get direct sun, perhaps real wood blinds will class up the place. Consider the factors in your life, and then make the best decision for all involved.