Window blinds are one of the most common types of window coverings. Utility-wise, window blinds are used to provide privacy as well as providing shade by blocking out light, and could subsequently cool an area by disallowing sunlight to pass through the windows. However, blinds can also add to a house or office’s aesthetic appeal, depending on its material and style.
What Makes Window Blinds Different
Window blinds are differentiated from other window coverings as they are typically made of multiple horizontal (or sometimes vertical) thin “planks” that are held together by chords that run through the planks or slats. Additionally, most blinds can be adjusted remotely or manually, changing the orientation or angle of the planks, and allowing one to adjust how much light passes through the blinds. There’s a wide range of blinds from the market available to suit any setting and budget, from hand-woven bamboo blinds to custom motorized blinds. As such, let’s take a look at the different materials used for window blinds to help choose the best one for your home, office, or business establishment:
Wood is one of the most popular choices when it comes to window blinds as they provide a rustic and natural beauty and works well with almost any style or setting. However, wooden blinds could be difficult for humid or high-moisture climates and areas as wood is vulnerable to water damage such as warping and rotting, and could also crack and break from force, and is susceptible to insect damage such as termites. To avoid these, one could opt for treated wooden blinds that have waterproof and insect-proof coatings.
Faux Wood or Composite
Faux wood is made of synthetic materials, whereas composites are made of a mixture of wood fiber and plastic. Both give the same aesthetic appeal as wood but are often cheaper and sturdier, and could handle high humidity and moisture, unlike natural wood.
Plastic window blinds are one of the most economical options for window blinds and come in different styles, colors, and sizes, making it versatile in any setting. Although they don’t offer the same natural look as wood or composites, they can handle moisture and humidity a lot better, are easier to clean, and requires less maintenance overall.
Aluminum blinds provide a sleeker aesthetic and are rust-proof, making it a good choice for bathrooms and other environments that exposes it to moisture and humidity. They’re relatively easy to maintain, but one should be careful not to bend the metal slats or planks when cleaning as they can be damaged if they’re bent too far.
Bamboo blinds have been used in tropical areas, but have recently gained popularity in other parts of the world. Bamboo blinds are an eco-friendly option as bamboo grows quite quickly and bamboo can be easily recycled. Bamboo blinds are lightweight and quite durable and are perfect for warmer climates.
Vinyl has become of the classic options for window blinds. They’re made of synthetic material that can withstand a wide range of humidity and temperature, and last longer than most of the materials. It is also quite affordable and easy to maintain.
There are many window blinds materials that one could choose from to fit any home or office’s design and aesthetic and purpose. So the next time you go shopping for window coverings, it’s a good idea to keep these materials in mind if you decide on having blinds for your home or office.