Even though there is a huge number of window coverings to choose from, window blinds continue to be one of the most popular choices. They include mini blinds, wooden blinds, vertical blinds, and vinyl blinds. They all offer a number of advantages as well as a look and feel they provide to any room in your home. For budget minded consumers, aluminum mini blinds offer a low cost, durable solution. They offer different slat sizes ranging from 1/2″ up to 2″. The great thing about them is they come in over 100 different colors. You want make sure you buy the right gauge of aluminum. The higher the gauge of the slat, the more durable and the less likely they will bend or dent permanently. You don’t have to worry about this if you select wooden blinds or vinyl blinds.
Wooden blinds also come in a variety of slat widths usually ranging from 1 inch to 3 inches. They too come in a variety of finishes and can really set off a room when they are matched with the wood trim of the baseboards and doors. They add natural beauty, class and warmth to any room that aluminum mini blinds fail to do. They are also available in faux wood that resist warping, fading and chipping. If this is a concern, you may want to check faux wood or vinyl blinds out as the products continue to get better and better every year. The battle still continues about real wood or faux, just remember both have their advantages and disadvantages. It will all depend on your budget, preference and lifestyle.
The recently introduced combination of wood and vinyl blinds or wood/vinyl alloy offer some great advantages to traditional wooden blinds. They tend to cost less and they also resist moisture which can cause warping and bending. A number of the leading manufacturers like Levolor, Comfortex and Hunter Douglas offer these types of products. The disadvantages of these include limited color selection, size limitations, are less sturdy but heavier than wood and they may fade over time. Because of the wide selection of products on the market, we recommend you do your research first before you head out shopping.