Exploring Various Types of Window Blinds
People are learning that they can enjoy lots of savings buying blinds when they know their options before shopping. Good thing the Internet is at your fingertips – literally – so you can do just that without even leaving home.
Aluminum blinds, specifically the 1-foot variety, are popularly used in business offices. Also known as minis, they are an affordable option for covering window, and they come in several colors too, white and gray being the most common.
Wood blinds, which are made of a lightweight wood called basswood and of oriental hardwoods, are very stylish and can blend in with any interior design theme.
Faux woods are composite materials made of PVC or plastic and some wood, and their popularity is largely due to their ease of use and durability. Because they don’t warp easily, they’re preferred for areas where there is a lot of moisture. However, because they are substantially heavier than other types of blinds, they are usually avoided for larger windows.
Vertical blinds are often made of plastic and are in the 3.5-foot size, but blinds of this size may also be constructed with faux wood. Vertical blinds are best for sliding glass doors, fairly durable and more lightweight than most people expect. Additionally, they are warp-resistance and are quite easy to clean.
If you’re one for those roll-up window treatments, you’ve got more options waiting for you. These things usually come in different looks and allow different levels of light through. They can give your home a one-of-a-kind appeal instead of the usual slatted approach.
Bamboo and woven woods are fantastic in terms of style, and they’re actually hot these days. They’re made with several wood varieties, as well as as a ton of earth tones that you can pick from.
Popular nowadays as well are honeycombs or cellulars, which are essentially poly-cotton fabric treated for stain resistance. If you’re looking for something block UV light from coming through or you need help with insulation, this is a good choice. These treatments also offer varying transparency levels, letting you shut out up to as much light as you want.
Finally, you will also find rollers where you just roll up the shades on a cylinder until they’re all the way to the top. They make these treatments in a variety of materials like cloth and vinyl.
At the end of the day, you have so many choices of blinds out there, and it all depends on your taste, preferences and needs.