Advantages & Disadvantages of Window Blinds

Feb 20 2012

Window Blinds Infographic

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It can be a bit confusing when shopping for window blinds if you are unsure about the type of window blind to purchase for your home. At Blinds Chalet, we strive to make purchasing window blinds as simple as possible. We created this window blinds infographic to help our customers with their decision. Below, in this window blinds infographic, you will see information for wood, faux wood, aluminum mini, and vertical blinds. We broke it down by features, pricing, and advantages/disadvantages. We also made it possible to see how each of these blinds are rated for: energy efficiency, and child safety.

We spent a lot of time on this infographic and we are very pleased with the result. We wanted this information to be extremely easy to share because of how useful it is. So, at the bottom of this post you will notice some HTML code that will allow you to embed this window blinds infographic on your website. We would appreciate it if everyone would share this. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Blinds Chalet would like to explain how we gathered the information found below and the best way to read the data. This data only applies to the window blinds offered by Blinds Chalet. We broke each product down into size, grade, features, applications, energy efficiency, child safety, popularity, pricing, advantages, and disadvantages. Each one of these items will be explained below.

Size refers to the different size slats or louvers that are available. A couple of products, for example, vertical blinds, are only available in one size of louver. We added the size in order to help our customers understand what size window blinds are available within the respective types.

Grades refers to the type of material or quality of material that is available. For example, the wood blinds are made of different woods. The quality of the sanding, finish and clear coat also affect the look of the wood blind.

Features refers to additional upgrades or features that we offer for that particular product. For some products we offer a trapezoid bottom rail. This allows your blind to shut tighter and keep out ambient light. It also increases privacy.

Applications refers to what most people would use this type of blind for. Certain products wouldn't go well in most commercial applications. Almost every product we sell would look great in any home application.

Energy Efficiency is given a rating from 1 to 10. One being the least energy efficient and ten being the most energy efficient. One of the main reasons for this window blinds infographic was to inform others of that blinds particular ability to increase your homes energy efficiency.

Child Safety refers to what features are available to ensure small children are safer. The cordless option with some of our blinds limits the chance for a choking hazard. Child safe window blinds has become extremely important to some recently.

Popularity is based around what our customers purchase the most. Faux wood vinyl blinds and aluminum mini blinds are Blinds Chalet's most popular blinds.

Pricing is based on a scale of least expensive to most expensive. This scale was created in order to convey what products are the least expensive. We stated this purely for informational purposes. What you buy really depends on the solution you are looking for.

Advantages highlights some of the pro's associated with that product. For example, faux wood blinds are water resistant. This makes them great for kitchens and bathrooms.

Disadvantages focuses on a particular disadvantage associated with the product. For example, aluminum blinds offer very little insulation value.

We hope you find this window blinds infographic to be useful in helping you decide which window blind to purchase. Please leave comments below to let us know what your thoughts are.

Aluminum Venetian Mini Blinds
Sizes: 1/2" , 1" , 2"
Grades: 6 Gauge or 8 Gauge
Features: Cordless mini blind option
Applications: Home, office, and industrial.
Energy Efficiency: 2
Child Safety: They have lift cords, not very child safe
Popularity: 2nd most popular
Pricing: Least expensive.
Advantages: Inexpensive, wide range of colors available.
Disadvantages: Bend or damage easily, very little insulation value, limited available upgrades.

Faux Wood Blinds / Vinyl Blinds
Sizes: 1", 2", 2 1/2"
Grades: Solid colors, embossed colors (solid color, wood embossed texture), printed colors (grain design printed on the blind, most realistic wood look).
Features: Privacy/Rout less option, decorative tape, multiple valances, cornice style valance, rectangular shape versus trapezoid bottom rail, trapezoid bottom rail allows the blind to shut tighter, hidden valance clips.
Applications: Home or office.
Energy Efficiency: 5
Child Safety: Breakaway cords, cord will pop off if a lot of weight is applied.
Popularity: Most popular
Pricing: Inexpensive
Advantages: Inexpensive, water resistant (for kitchens and bathrooms).
Disadvantages: The vinyl material makes it heavier than real wood, can't have as large of blinds without splitting them up, solid colors to look like real wood.

Vertical Blinds
Sizes: 3 1/2" louvers, curved louver or an S curved louver(s)
Grades: PVC in varied thicknesses, PVC textures, faux wood and real wood.
Features: Different style of valances.
Applications: Sliding doors and larger windows
Energy Efficiency: 4
Child Safety: Wand control is safer than cord control.
Popularity: Least popular
Pricing: Expensive
Advantages: Able to cover very wide windows with a single blind.
Disadvantages: None that we can think of.

Wood Blinds
Sizes: 1" , 2" , 2 1/2"
Grades: Budget, standard, premiere quality of the sanding, the finish, and a clear coating.
Features: Rounded corners, privacy, routless option, decorative tape, multiple valances, cornice style valance, rectangular shape versus trapezoid bottom rail. Trapezoid bottom rail allows the blinds to shut tighter, hidden valance clips.
Applications: Home or office.
Energy Efficiency: 2
Child Safety: Breakaway cord will pop off if a lot of weight is applied, cordless blinds.
Popularity: Third most popular
Pricing: Most expensive
Advantages: Best look, lighter weight than faux wood, easier to raise and lower, aesthetically pleasing.
Disadvantages: cost.
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