If you are in the market for new window blinds and love the look of wood, you’ll find that you have two choices: faux wood and wood. Outwardly, both types of blinds look much alike, but they have some different qualities that differ from each other. There is a difference in the price point of each as well. We’ll uncover all the traits of each type of blind for you so you can make an informed decision.
Do Wood Blinds Look More Attractive Than Faux Wood Blinds?
At first glance, you can’t tell much difference between the two types of blinds. The faux wood blinds are man-made and have delicate whorls and swirls integrated as real hardwood does for a natural appearance. In both types of blinds, these whorls and swirls add to the beauty, highlighted by your color of stain or paint, and both offer the same customization options. You can also choose to have any color of stain or paint you wish on each of the two types of blinds. Wood blinds are made from hardwood with sustainability in mind so as not to impact the environment, and they are quite stunning.
Faux wood blinds, when stained a lighter color, show some differences because each of the vanes is identical to the other, while wood blinds have inconsistencies found in nature. All in all, most people will not really detect a difference between faux wood and hardwood blinds.
Which Is Better For Energy Efficiency?
Real wood has a natural insulation property that is caused by the tiny cells in the wood. Faux wood is created with special products to mimic this insulating property and give you great energy efficiency as well. There is not enough difference between the two to note, so both products will be energy efficient for you all year round while adding an extra layer of insulation near your windows when they are closed.
Which is Better For Operational Purposes?
Both types of blinds operate the same as a Venetian blind does. You can raise and lower them or tilt the vanes to any angle to get filtered sunlight if you wish. Each operates in the same manner, and they are easy to use, and they have the same installation process; however, wood blinds are a bit heavier than faux wood blinds, so on large windows it will take a bit more effort to open and close them because of the sheer weight.
Which is Easiest to Clean?
Both types of blinds are easy to clean regularly to remove dust, pollen, and pet dander. You simply use a feather duster or a brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to clean them. The routine cleaning and maintenance process is the same on both faux wood and wood blinds.
If something splashes on your blinds of either type, then there is quite a difference. Grease or grimy stains can be removed on faux wood blinds with a microfiber cloth that is dipped into water with a few drops of mild dish soap. Wood blinds are not waterproof, and getting them wet or damp repeatedly will cause them to warp or otherwise lose their integrity. Faux wood blinds are made to be waterproof, and fire retardant, and they resist warping, cracking, bending and breaking even if they get wet often. Due to their moisture resistance, this makes faux wood blinds the perfect solution for humid and damp areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
You can actually immerse faux wood blinds in a bathtub of water to deep clean them, or take them outside and clean them with a garden hose.
Which is More Durable and Long-Lasting?
Since hardwood is an all natural product, it is subject to wear and tear over time, but they will last and stay beautiful for many years. Faux wood blinds have extreme durability and are almost virtually indestructible with great longevity. This makes faux wood a great choice for families with children, pets and a lot of traffic in the home.
Which Has a Smaller Stack When Opened?
The stack on a horizontal window treatment is the area at the top of the window that is occupied by it when it is opened entirely. Faux wood blinds have slightly wider vanes, so they take up a bit more space for their stack, but it’s not much more than wood blinds.
Cost Comparison of Faux Wood and Wood Blinds
Real wood blinds are more expensive than faux wood blinds because they are a naturally grown product that is sustainable but has to be harvested, and it takes more labor to create your blinds from them than to make faux wood blinds. Depending on the size of your windows, wood blinds can be expensive in comparison to faux wood products, but for the beauty, the cost of wood blinds is worth it. Homeowners with a budget restriction will likely choose faux wood over wood blinds to still have the beauty and natural look while maintaining their budget.
Which Offers The Best Value?
Real wood blinds are absolutely stunning in any home, and they match with any decor you have. The distinctive aesthetics beautify any home with style while having a little environmental impact and a natural appearance. Faux wood is very close to the same appearance, so it’s your choice as to which you think is the better product for you and the best value for its features. Many homeowners choose faux wood blinds for their bathrooms and kitchen and choose wood blinds for all other windows in their homes.
And if you can’t decide which route to take, don’t hesitate to seek out expert advice from Incredible Windows. Our team is available for free consultations and can answer all your questions about blinds!
Reach out to us today and discover which one is your perfect choice.