What are the pros and cons of faux wood blinds?

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Faux wood blinds look just like real hardwood blinds but have many benefits over the ones made of real wood. However, they also have some drawbacks. Here are some pros and cons of these types of blinds so you can decide if they are a good choice for your home.

Pro: They are less expensive

One of the top benefits to choosing faux wood blinds is the fact that, while they look just like hardwood blinds, they are considerably less expensive. You will be well within your home décor budget when you choose these types of blinds. The lower cost also makes it easier to cover as many windows as you like with the rich and warm blinds, instead of having to pick and choose due to a limited budget.

Con: The blinds are heavier

Faux wood blinds are heavier than hardwood blinds, which makes it a little more difficult to install them. You need to be sure you have hardware that can hold the weight of the blinds. This also makes them better for smaller windows, but not appropriate for larger windows. The larger set of blinds might be too heavy for the window without reinforcements of the headrail.

Pro: Faux wood is more flexible

The material used in faux wood blinds is usually vinyl, which is much more flexible than real wood materials. This flexibility becomes a benefit since they don't break as easily. You don't have to be as careful when moving them around in order to clean them, as they won't be damaged. They will also take less damage from kids playing around or cats trying to sit behind the blinds in the windowsill. This is also beneficial if the blinds are going outside, such as in the patio area, as kids tend to play rougher while outside.

Con: There are less colour options

While the colour options available in faux wood blinds do look very similar to hardwood, there are less options overall. It is not possible to make faux wood blinds in the different grains and colours that real hardwood can accomplish. You might be able to get the colour you want if you have them custom-made, but this will increase the cost and might not make it worth choosing these types of blinds over real wood.

Pro: The blinds can handle different weather conditions

With faux wood blinds, you have a window treatment that can handle a lot of different temperatures and weather conditions. They won't get damaged or faded from bright sun if they are in a window with direct sunlight, which is a risk you take with hardwood blinds. The material can also handle high humidity and moisture, so you can use them in the bathroom, kitchen, or basement bedroom if you like. This makes them an excellent choice for patios, sunrooms, and other exterior spaces.

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