Two of the most popular products people choose when ordering window treatments are faux wood blinds and wood blinds. It is very difficult to understand the differences between these products and it is my goal to share some insight in to the benefits of each product as well as their optimal utilization.
Benefits of Faux Wood Blinds
Faux wood or vinyl blinds are an extremely versatile product. They come in a variety of styles and each style has its benefits. The Porcelain 2″ Select Corded Faux Wood Blinds are a great value and provide a very economical way to get the appearance of a wood blind without the cost of buying real wood blinds. They are very durable and provide a high resistance to moisture. This makes them ideal for bathrooms and areas of the country that experience high level of humidity. There are some retailers selling a foam product which will warp and turn yellow. It is critical that you buy this type of blind from a reputable retailer. The one drawback to these blinds is the weight of the product. They can require significantly more ladders to support the weight and can be heavy to raise when ordered for large windows.
The Polymer Wood Blinds are manufactured from a combination of real wood and engineered poly-thermal material. This product is the most durable type of faux wood blinds and provides the best UV protection of any product on the market today. This product is fantastic in environments with temperature extremes like the desert southwest and the cold northeast. This product is also the most humidity resistant faux wood blind available online today. This product is heavy and will require more ladders for support, but if durability is what you want, this is the product for you.
Benefits of Real Wood Blinds
Real wood blinds are still extremely popular and for many people there is no substitute to the warmth they can provide a room. They are much lighter than faux wood and require far fewer ladders giving you a more uniform look in a house with varying window sizes. Wood can warp in high humidity areas where faux wood proves to be a much better performing option to cover your windows. Wood blinds also tend to struggle with high UV exposure and can fade over time. If you live in an environment where this is a concern and want the timeless look of real wood blinds you will want to buy 2″ American Hardwood Wood Blinds. This product is the most durable, warp, and scratch resistant product available today. These blinds are even manufactured to resist dust which will require significantly less time with that feather duster.
This is one of the rare instances in decorating that there is a product for all environments. Faux Wood Blinds and Wood Blinds come with great decorating options like cloth tapes to add a touch of flair. The most important thing is to make sure you are happy with the color and texture of the blinds before you buy them. Thankfully, SelectBlinds.com offers free sample swatches which allow you the opportunity to touch and see the product up close. They also provide the industries best lifetime warranty with every order. Always remember to have fun in your decorating and choose the product that best fits you and your home.
Measuring for window coverings is an extremely simple process when followed correctly. As with anything if the instructions are not understood mistakes can be made. In this article we will share some of the common mistakes we see made on a regular basis and how to avoid them. We have broken them out to inside mount and outside mount to avoid confusion. You must identify which application you are measuring for and this can easily be done on our How to Measure for Blinds and Shades page.
- Customers sometimes attempt to shortcut the measuring process by measuring the size of the blinds or shades they are replacing. In an effort to make the process as simple as possible we take all the difficulty in ensuring a perfect fit by accounting for all the necessary adjustments for mounting hardware at our manufacturing facility. This requires that we are provided the inside dimensions of the window frame as laid out in our How to Measure Video.
- The next common hurdle that can be easily avoided is that occasionally customers attempt to compensate for the deductions made at our factory. They try to eliminate light leaking in on the sides of the shades by ordering them slightly wider than the dimensions of their window. When this type of adjustment is made the shades often arrive too wide and have to be sent back to the manufacturer to be corrected. If you are a customer looking for the ultimate in light blockage consider purchasing the products in our Room Darkening Shades category.
- One important thing to remember when measuring for an outside mount is to account for the head rail. Often time’s customers forget this which causes the shade to arrive too short for the window. Always add 2” to 4” for the head rail when measuring for this type of blind or shade. To get detailed instructions on how to measure for the exact product you are ordering visit our How to Measure page.
- When mounting an outside mount shade it is common for light to leak in as the shades sit in front of the window. In order to minimize this we suggest adding 2” to 3” to the width of the blind or shade when possible. This dramatically reduces the light coming in on the side and will ensure your happiness with the window treatments you have ordered.
Hopefully these simple tips help you through the measuring process. It is our goal to supply you with custom made window treatments that will give you years of enjoyment.
One of the hidden costs people often overlook when they are considering a new home is the window treatments. With so many styles and options in the world of blinds and shades, it is often difficult to know which products to choose. Hopefully reading this blog post will enlighten you and assist you in making the best choices for your home decor.
Kids Rooms and bedrooms
When it comes to children there are a couple things to always keep in mind. First, we don’t want any cords on the blinds or shades in their room. Cordless blinds or shades should always be utilized in the rooms of small children. You also want to consider that in the summer kids tend to wake up when the light enters their room. For this reason it is recommended to use a blackout cellular shade or blackout roller shade. It also comes in quite handy at nap time for mom and dad.
In bathrooms it is important to remember that humidity and moisture can be very hard on wood blinds. For this reason we suggest a fabric shade or a faux wood blind for these types of rooms. Faux wood blinds are really good whenever there is a fear of water or humidity as well as providing an extremely economical window covering option.
There are a wide variety of options for kitchens. I prefer the look of a light filtering cellular shade as it gently filters light in and provides the benefit of energy efficiency. These shades will actually reduce your monthly heating or cooling costs. They also come in a wide array of fabric choices and lift options like Top Down / Bottom Up which actually allows you to lift or lower the shade from the top of the shade or from the bottom of the shade. It is a very popular lift option right now.
Family Room / Living Room
These rooms are often the centerpiece of the home. These rooms are where you can let your inner designer come out. Roman Shades are very popular for these rooms as they come in designer fabrics and allow you to use the window coverings to complement the décor of the room. Another very popular choice is real wood blinds. They are popular for their convenience and traditional appeal. If you decide wood blinds are for you, you can still add a touch of flair by adding the decorative cloth tape option, which will allow you to contrast the color of the wood to a fabric.
The most important thing to remember when shopping for window coverings is simply this. Have fun and choose something that speaks to you. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to blinds and shades. Have fun with the home improvement project and make sure what you choose helps make your new home feel like an extension of you.