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Should I Choose Wood, Vinyl, Fabric or Aluminum Blinds?

Choosing the type of window treatments that work best for you home can be a difficult decision.  Unfortunately, that is not the only decision you must make when choosing new window treatments - you must also pick the type of material.  The most common materials for window treatments are wood, vinyl, fabric or aluminum.  To help ease your decision, here are the advantages and disadvantages for each type of material.

Wood

Advantages: Wood window treatments have the distinct ability to bring a warm look into any room with their unique wood grains.  Most wood blinds also give the appearance that they were built into the home, providing a seamless flow from one room to another.  Wood window treatments are available in a variety of sizes, thicknesses, finishes, colors, and wood materials.

Disadvantages: One of the biggest disadvantages of wood window treatments is the cost – they are much more expensive than other materials.  Also, certain window frames are not strong enough to support the heavy wood material.  Finally, darker stained wood window treatments have a tendency to show dust and dirt.

Vinyl

Advantages: Vinyl blinds cost significantly less, especially compared to real wood blinds.  The strong vinyl material gives the look of real wood blinds, but has the advantage of being resistant to cracking, splitting, warping and rotting, which is great for high humidity or wet climates.  They are also easy to clean, stain resistant and child resistant.

Disadvantages: Like wood blinds, vinyl blinds can also be extremely heavy, so more support strings are required.  Also, vinyl blinds have limited color choices and the color can fade or change over time from sun and weather exposure.

Fabric

Advantages: Fabric blinds offer the most flexibility, with many different types of blinds available, including honeycomb shades, roman blinds, pleated blinds, and roller shades.   Fabric blinds can be created from a variety of fabrics, offering different colors, textures and sun filtering.  Some fabric blinds can even be equipped with black out lining to completely block out sunlight.

Disadvantages: A major disadvantage of fabric blinds is that they can be difficult to clean, with some fabric types requiring steam or dry cleaning.  Also, fabric window blinds can only be raised or lowered, unlike blinds with slats that can also be rotated to adjust light and privacy.  Finally, fabric blinds typically do not last as long as other window treatments.

Aluminum

Advantages: Aluminum blinds are the most affordable and easiest window treatments to install.  They are also very durable, especially those with high gauge vanes because the metal is thicker.  Aluminum blinds are also very easy to clean with a simple dusting or vacuum cleaner.

Disadvantages: In general, aluminum blinds are metal, so they can be noisy.  Also, the aluminum is a poor insulator, which means it does not prevent excess heat or cold from entering.  Finally, aluminum blinds tend to collect dust and dirt easily, thus requiring more frequent window cleanings.

At Eagle Harbor Window Coverings, we proudly offer Hunter Douglas products in a many different materials to fit perfectly into your home’s décor.  Our expansive showroom gives you the opportunity to see, touch, and feel all of the material options in person before you buy.  Stop by our showroom today, or set up a personal consultation with our design experts.  Our team of qualified experts will work with one-on-one with customers to create the perfect design, serving Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Kingston, Port Ludlow and the surrounding Kitsap County areas.