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Plantation Blinds or Wood and Faux Wood Blinds, Value Blinds or Mini Blinds, the options can seem endless. We can help make some sense of your window blind decisions. Window Blinds can have varying degrees of quality and it is important to understand the difference. It is also important to understand the different effects window blinds have on lighting and mood.
Types of Window Blinds to Consider
Most Mini blinds come in several slat widths, 1/2″, 1″, 2″. The slats are made from several different gauges (thickness) of aluminum. Some of the Shelf Stock mini blinds use plastic slats to further lower their cost. The higher the gauge the thicker the slat and the better the quality. Mini blinds were very popular in homes about 10 years ago and are still used extensively in commercial building. Color choices for mini blinds are unlimited.
Venetian blinds are just another way of saying Horizontal slat Blinds and encompass almost all the products in the market which meet the criteria of a Blind. We catagorize blinds into 4 basic types, PVC blinds, Composite blinds, Roman Blinds/Shades and wood blinds.
Faux Wood “PVC” Blinds
Faux or PVC blinds are made of a solid or foamed poly vinyl chloride plastic. PVC blinds have really become popular over the past 15 years. Slat widths are generally 2″, 2 1/2″, and sometimes 3″. The blind slat’s surface can be smooth or embossed with a wood grain. Color selection used to only include whites but there are several manufacturers making wood tone colors available. Faux Wood Blinds are very durable, UV resistant, waterproof (so they don’t flake, peal or yellow) and easy to clean. That durability makes them an excellent choice for kids rooms. The one main draw back to Faux Blinds is the weight of the slats. PVC slats are heavier than wood or composite slats. So large windows can be a little difficult to raise.
PVC blinds have many names.. but typically start with one of two sources. Familiar Names include Woodmates, Doverwood, Envirowood, Wood Like, Wood Look, Wood Plus, Infusion, Faux Wood, PVC Blinds… and many, many more. Be sure to confirm with your blinds dealer if their product is a solid foam PVC blind and as always, consider their warranty.
Composite blinds are made from a combination of wood by products, glues and Plastics. Composite Slats are a newer material being used for the window covering. Slat widths are generally 2″, 2 1/2″, and sometimes 3″ and come in flat or elliptical shapes. The blind slat’s surface is a smooth poly-coating or a solid composite material. Like PVC, the color selection is limited most often to whites but there are a few wood tone and stain colors available. Composite blinds are priced in the low mid range. They are very durable, UV resistant, water resistant, less likely to warp than wood and easy to clean. The one main draw back to composite blinds is the weight of the slats. Composite blinds slats are lighter than PVC blinds but heavier than wood and therefore a good choice for large windows coverings.
Both value & premium wood blinds are made from real woods. The value wood blind slats are made from assorted Oriental hardwoods. The premium wood blind slats are made from American Basswood. Basswood Is a unique cross grained wood which has rich detail and resists warping. Slat widths are generally 1″,2″, 2 1/2″, and sometimes 3″. The blind slat’s surface is either painted or stained. There is a huge color selection with several different whites and the most popular hardwood stain colors. You can even add Cloth tape ladders for a truly custom look. Need to match a cabinet or trim stain? Wood blinds are your best bet. Wood blinds are the most expensive blinds in this category. All wood slats can warp and may color fade over long periods of time. Wood blind slats are the lightest material and work well for large windows.
Wood Blind- Synonyms
Here a brief list of some of the trade names blind companies give to blinds made with wood slats. Many of these are trade marked names. We carry Timber view Value Wood Blinds, Timber View Premium Wood Blinds, Royal Wood, Royal Budget Wood and several other Discount Factory Direct Blinds. Visit us at WindowBlindsSeattle.com