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For those looking to redecorate or update their homes, installing window treatments is the simplest place to start. Updating a home with modern window treatments helps increase the resale value. For those looking to redecorate, blinds and shades can change the feel of a room without an expensive remodel.

For those unsure of what to look for in new window treatments, the following list breaks down the advantages and disadvantages of top selling blinds:

  • Faux wood blinds are inexpensive, offering a real wood look at a fraction of the cost. They resist moisture and are easy to clean. The suit kitchens and bathrooms well. The composite materials make them durable, which is great for homes with children and pets. The disadvantages include the weight of the blinds. Larger blinds are harder to lift. Faux wood blinds come in a limited color selection.
  • Wood blinds come with real wood stains, allowing for more color options. They are lighter than faux wood blinds and cheaper than shutters. The only disadvantage is the larger stack height, which may block views when raised.
  • Honeycomb Cell Shades provide excellent insulation and are great for energy savings. They have a small stack height when raised to allow unobstructed views. There is a wide color selection to choose from. They offer a modern look, which can be a disadvantage to those looking for a more traditional window treatment.
  • Vertical Blinds are the best option for larger, hard to cover windows. They are economical and easy to clean. Again, these window treatments offer a more contemporary look to a home.
  • Aluminum Mini Blinds are some of the cheapest blinds on the market. The lightweight quality makes them easy to operate by almost anyone. They come in a wide range of colors to add a touch of color, or maintain a neutral feel in a room. One of the disadvantages is that they provide poor insulation. Another downside is the aluminum slats can bend, so these blinds are not ideal for areas heavily trafficked by kids and pets.
  • Roman Shades are both stylish and versatile. They come in a wide color selection and offer class to any room. Roman shades are good insulators and versions that pair roman shades with honeycomb cell shades offer some of the best insulation on the market. The only disadvantage is they must be fully raised for a complete view.
  • Roller Shades These shades block UV light as well as cutting glare from the sun and acting as an insulator against the heat. They come with a wide color selection and have a small stack height when raised to allow for an unobstructed view. The disadvantages are they are not great insulators in cold climates and they must be fully raised for a complete view. However, some roller shades and solar screen shades allow view-through options, meaning the weave still allows for a partial view when lowered.

It can be confusing to even know where to start if you don’t know what each type of blind offers. This list is a starting point for shoppers. If you have an idea of which type of window treatment might work best for you, order a few samples so you can see the materials and colors for a perfect fit.

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