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Wooden Blinds or Faux? What's the Difference?
When a consumer claims they are looking for wood blinds it is amazing how often this title will include products that are not wood. The typical consumer will include many faux wood products in the category. Sometimes this is just a convenience. But often enough this is due to a lack of knowledge. So before this mistake is repeated even once more the question should be asked. What's the difference between wooden blinds and faux wood blinds?
Wooden blinds are a high quality product. Consumers are generally aware of the general stigma of "faux" as a fake version of the popular wooden blinds. What isn't taken into consideration often enough is that both products have their advantages and disadvantages. Wooden blinds are a high quality product. But many faux wood window covering products are also high quality.
The fact that they aren't wood doesn't make faux wooden blinds an inferior product in any way. But the first main difference between wooden blinds and faux wooden blinds is that wooden blinds are made of wood and faux products are typically made of vinyl. The second main difference is price. This is a main priority for many consumers and often makes the difference. Wooden blinds are significantly more costly than their faux counterparts.
Another major difference between wooden blinds and faux wood blinds is resistance to moisture. Wooden blinds are not resistant to moisture. Some would even say that their day to day cleaning/maintenance is made difficult by their inability to endure moisture.
Advantages that wooden blinds have over faux counterparts include: what many people call the "warmth" of real wood, faux isn't as strong as wood, faux is typically heavier than wooden blinds, color choices are more limited with faux products, they may "yellow" with time, faux blinds require more ladders than wooden blinds of similar size,
The advantages and disadvantages are very clear once they've been laid out. If price is a major limitation...faux will come out on top. If the room needing blinds has a high probability for moisture issues...faux will come out on top. In all other cases it's mostly a question of personal taste and preference.
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