When you think of blinds, you probably think of the inexpensive plastic blinds that you can find at any big box store. They’re bland, boring, and not a good choice for Southwest Florida’s 250+ sunny days. Now, there are other options available, allowing you to find the perfect blinds to suit your space.
Wood and faux wood blinds offer beauty and functionality as well as a wide variety of colors and textures. But which type is right for you? Here’s a rundown of wood and faux wood blinds to help you decide between these two very viable options.
Real wood blinds are certainly beautiful, but that beauty comes at a cost. Not only are real wood blinds a little more expensive than their faux wood counterpart, but they also require more care. You can’t just use any old cleaner to burnish them to a beautiful shine. However, they do offer excellent insulation as well as complete privacy. They’re available in many different stains and colors, and they will protect your home from the punishing rays of the Southwest Florida sunshine. Keep in mind, the sun can also dry them out easier and make them fade faster.
Real wood blinds can be subjected to cracking, warping, or yellowing without proper care, so be sure that you’re prepared to take on the maintenance before you make the investment. Manufactured from North American hardwood, these blinds are sustainably sourced to reduce the impact on the supply of hardwood trees.
Woven Wood Shades
Another option for those seeking real wood blinds is woven wood. Woven wood blinds (shades) are created from bamboo, reed, rattan, exotic grasses, and other natural sources, and they’re available in fifty different colors. They’re an environmentally friendly option for those who wish to go green, and they’re beautiful and unique. You won’t find this touch of nature in every home you visit! Wood blinds and woven wood shades can be crafted to your specifications, ensuring that your windows are covered and you’ll be safe from the elements.
Faux Wood Blinds
The beauty of faux wood blinds is that you get the look of real wood blinds without the expense or excessive maintenance. Faux wood blinds are available in twenty distinct colors and stains, allowing you to find the right blinds to suit the decor in any room. These blinds are created from a composite material that mimics the look of real wood so convincingly, it’s likely that your guests would never guess they’re not the real thing.
You’ll avoid the hassle of maintaining real wood and you can clean them with a mild cleaning solution as suggested by the manufacturer. No need to worry about damaging the grain of the blinds— faux wood may look like real wood, but it can’t be harmed by chemical cleaners.
Additionally, faux wood is up to the challenge of Southwest Florida’s extreme heat, humidity and intense sunlight with no chance of warping or cracking under the pressure. Do you have a busy family with curious children? Faux wood blinds are close to indestructible, making them a perfect solution for high-traffic areas that see a lot of wear-and-tear.
Whether you’re seeking faux wood blinds or a real wood solution, Beach Bungalow Blinds can offer you an array of window treatment options. Contact us today!