Wood blinds bring elegance and style to any room, and they’re a very popular option for many Perfect Fit Window Fashions customers. Because they’re popular, many people often ask us about the differences between genuine wood and faux wood. To help you if you’re considering wood blinds, we’ve put together this blog to get the info out there. Read on to learn more, or speak with one of our consultants here in Estero today!
Both genuine and faux wood blinds are constructed similarly, using string “ladders” to suspend the slats. Each type of blind is available in various slat sizes—you have options that will work for each size of window, each room’s needs, and your personal preference. Both types of wood will work well with a variety of décor styles—they can blend with traditional, contemporary, and retro looks. And both will enhance the overall aesthetic of a room, sometimes even increasing the value of a home.
Choosing Genuine Wood
Hunter Douglas products such as Heritance® Hardwood Shutters and Parkland® Wood Blinds are made of genuine wood, which offers a one-of-a-kind look. The Heritance Handcrafted Series highlights the unique aspects of the wood, including dents, wormholes, knots, and cracks, helping your finished product look elegant yet rustic. With genuine wood, you can choose from a variety of colors and stains to match your overall look. Genuine wood is lighter than its faux cousin (by about 50%), so genuine wood products are easier to maneuver, and they can be used in larger openings. However, genuine wood also comes with some drawbacks. For example, genuine wood can warp in areas of high moisture, and children and pets can tax its sturdiness. Also, genuine wood products are about 30 percent more expensive than faux wood products.
Choosing Faux Wood
Durable and affordable, Hunter Douglas products such as EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds, Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters, and NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters are made of faux wood. Products made of faux wood tend to be tolerant of high moisture and can resist UV rays—they won’t crack, chip, peel, warp, or bow. They are available in numerous colors and stains, and many can fit in specialty shaped windows. These beauties will look just as good as the real thing, but they cost less; plus, they’re easy to clean—simply wipe with a damp cloth. However, faux wood is heavier than genuine wood, and not all faux wood products can be sized for larger window openings. Be sure to speak with a trained consultant to see if faux wood is right for your needs.
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