Window blinds are available in a variety of materials – wood and synthetic, man-made materials. Each option offers quality products. In this post, we discuss the pros and cons of vinyl versus wood blinds.
Vinyl blinds are often called “faux wood” or “imitation wood” blinds. The vinyl is pressed or extruded to “look” like real wood but the materials resist warping, cracking and fading better than real wood. Vinyl blinds are a great choice for bathrooms, kitchens and any generally humid environment. They are also a good choice for homes with children, as they can stand up to a kid’s wear.
Another synthetic alternative to real wood is composite wood. The slats of composite wood blinds generally have a wood core coated with a high-tech polymer. Composite wood blinds are slightly more upscale but have a more refined look than plain vinyl.
Wood blinds also have unique benefits that should be considered. The slats of wood blinds are made from hardwoods such as basswood. Real wood blinds tend to be lighter than vinyl and thus require less “ladders” (the strings that support each slat). The weight of a window blind is an important consideration if you are buying a horizontal blind for a large window, and it is easier to lift and lower a large wood blind than a faux wood blind.
The main reason for choosing wood over synthetic alternatives is aesthetics. Some people prefer only real wood blinds. Real wood blinds can look like a piece of fine furniture, however, if you intend to paint your wood blinds, you might as well buy a more durable synthetic blind.
To summarize, synthetic blinds are better for hot, humid rooms where moisture resistance is important. Synthetic blinds are also good for high traffic areas and windows or doors that receive a lot of direct sun. Synthetics are also less expensive than wood blinds. Wood blinds are better if you desire a more upscale look and for large windows where the weight of a vinyl blind might be excessive. Also, beware of cheap foam blinds that are flimsy, sag quickly and often have inferior headrails or other weak components.
One suggestion: you might consider installing authentic wood blinds in more formal rooms to provide an upscale look and install synthetic window blinds in working or private rooms where guests are not entertained.
How to find the best option for you: Call Ken Gregg. He has been installing shades, shutters, blinds and all other kinds of home window coverings for two decades in Henderson, Summerlin and all over the Las Vegas area. You can reach Ken directly by calling 702.896.6900 .