If you’ve been looking at blinds, you know that they are made with a variety of materials, including both genuine and faux wood. But you might be wondering which would work best for your home and needs. At Windows & More serving the Lake Ozark area, our trained consulants will be happy to chat with you about your specific situation and desires—just call! In the meantime, read on to get the general idea about the benefits of each.
Reasons to Choose Genuine Wood
Genuine wood—used in products such as Hunter Douglas Heritance® Hardwood Shutters and Parkland® Wood Blinds—offers unique characteristics that can appeal to people who want a one-of-a-kind look. With the Heritance Handcrafted Series, several different finishing techniques help highlight the unique aspects of the wood, including wormholes, dents, cracks, and knots, helping your finished product look rustic yet elegant. With genuine wood, you can choose from numerous slat sizes and a variety of colors and stains to match your overall look. Their lighter weight (50% lighter than comparable faux wood blinds) makes them easier to maneuver, and they can be designed to fit larger areas. You can use them in specialty shaped windows, and, to enhance your décor, you can choose decorative tapes to add style to your wood blinds. Remember, though, that genuine wood has some drawbacks too, including:
- It can warp in rooms with high moisture
- Children and pets can tax its sturdiness
- It’s more expensive than faux wood
Reasons to Choose Faux Wood
Faux wood—found in products such as EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds, Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters, and NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters—is durable and affordable. Products made of faux wood tend to be resistant to high moisture and UV rays—they won’t chip, crack, warp, peel, or bow. You can select from numerous colors and stains to coordinate with your décor, and many can products made of faux wood 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 might not be the right choice for you. For example, it’s heavier than genuine wood, so it might not fit in a larger window. If you’re curious about whether this is the route you should take, be sure to speak with a knowledgeable consultant first.
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Windows & More proudly serves Lake Ozark, Osage Beach & Camden, Miller & Morgan counties, with a showroom in Osage Beach. Contact us for a window treatment consultation!