Exteriors

The Five Materials Used in Window Blinds

blindsRegardless of where you go in the world, you will almost certainly find window blinds. And wherever you go, most of these blinds will have several things in common. For example, they will be typically installed on the window of people's homes. They will generally be the same size of the window they are covering, and sometimes they might be a little bigger. Furthermore, their job will be much the same; to control the temperature of a room - either by keeping the heat of the sun out or by retaining the warmth existing from within - or to provide a certain level of privacy for the residents from all those prying eyes.

Although, despite these similarities, blinds come in all sorts of different forms. For example, there are many varieties of blinds, ranging from horizontal slats of the venetian blind style to vertical blinds, roman blinds and even the automated roller blinds. In this article we are going to look at another aspect of window blinds - the materials used. After all, window blinds all over the world are made from a range of different materials, each with their own distinct advantages.

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Plastic blinds

Plastic blinds are a popular and highly affordable style of window blind. They are somewhat robust and resistant to the wear and tear of extreme weather; this is particularly evident with outdoor plastic blinds. Furthermore, plastic blinds have the added advantage of being available in a wide variety of colours to match the décor of your home. The most common type of plastic blinds would be vinyl.

Metal blinds

More likely to be made out of aluminium, metal blinds are well known for their sturdiness. Because they're made from aluminium, they typically don't rust easily, and they are also somewhat affordable. More often than not, metal blinds come in the style of venetian blinds, running horizontally across windows with a long cord attached to the horizontal slats to raise and lower the blinds.

Faux wood blinds

Often referred to as composite wood, these are a combination of wood components and synthetic plastic materials such as PVC. By mixing the two materials together, owners are able to have that elegant look of wood while still keeping the low-maintenance advantages of plastic and metal. These type of blinds are quite popular!

Wooden blinds

While Venetians are more of a style than an actual type of material, it is most common that wooden blinds are associate with the Venetian style. However, they also typically cost a lot more due to the elegance, sophistication and style they provide; a somewhat old-world style of elegance that man homeowners seek. However, the only disadvantage of wooden blinds is that they can be fairly tough to maintain, mostly feeling the effects of humidity, sunlight and so forth more than plastic and metal blinds.

Synthetic blinds

We're increasingly seeing a range of synthetic fabrics that are designed to improve all the benefits of window blinds, such as handling the temperature of the room while also enabling residents to see outside. They also have the added advantage of coming in a range of different styles and colours, meaning they give the owner with that look of sophistication as well as matching the décor of the home.

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