The warm look of wood blinds can bring charm and comfort to your design concept, but wood blinds are not always optimal, for a number of reasons. Imitation wood blinds are available in a broad range of colors, styles, and sizes to meet the décor needs and practical considerations that wood blinds may not address adequately. This article will offer you a number of reasons why you might “Go Faux” and provide reviews of some of the top brands available on the market. As well, we’ll take a peek at some of the considerations unique to faux wood, which can mean wood composite or PVC vinyl construction.
The best faux wood blinds 2019 will not only look and feel like genuine wood, but will offer all the benefits of synthetic products, which will be covered below.
WHAT’S THE DEAL?
Many people who want the look of wood blinds may elect to go with faux wood blinds for a number of reasons. The first, and most salient, is cost. Wood blinds can be expensive in some cases. Especially if you have non-standard window widths you want to fit with blinds, custom wood blinds will cost you a pretty penny. Faux wood is actually much easier to find in all standard measurements; easier to cut to fit your needs. In fact, most retailers and design services that offer these will cut the blinds to accommodate even the most unusual window and door needs.
HOW ARE THEY SUPERIOR TO “REAL” WOOD?
Wood is also subject to moisture in the air. While most real wood blinds 2019 are high-quality and well worth the cost, over time, they will warp and crack from exposure to sunlight, shifting humidity in the atmosphere, and other environmental factors that impact the grain of wood products. Because even composite wood blinds have a different makeup at the structural or cellular level, they don’t respond in the same way to changing humidity levels or long-term exposure to ultraviolet light. They will not split along cell lines as traditional wood blinds do. Of course, PVC is a polymer or plastic, and so does not have the same considerations.
In general, if you live in a hot or humid environment, faux wood is going to be a better investment and retain its good looks longer than traditional wood. While there are some considerations, such as manufacturing standards for composite wood products and the method of particle binder used, generally speaking, faux wood provides the look of wood with better insulating properties and a longer attractive lifespan than its genuine counterpart. As well, faux wood tends to be denser and heavier than real wood, which can impact your choice, based on the nature and size of the space in need of blinds. Here are some of the top contenders for the best faux wood blinds currently available on the market.
GOOD LOOKS AND LIFESPAN
Because they are highly durable, retain their excellent looks for years, and can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of traditional wood products—faux wood blinds, shutters, shades and other home products are incredibly popular. They can be found in a variety of grain patterns, as well as in a pleasing array of “painted” colors, like white plantation blinds and shutters. To give you a good idea of what to seek when shopping online, we’ll cover several of the best brands’ products, giving physical specifications and some helpful commentary on each of the five or more samples. You can then use this as a guide to find what fits your home, your needs, and your budget.
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