The dry summer heat.
When we use the words ‘summer heat’, we evoke images of bright sunshine with the temperature at levels that instill in us an urge to be indoors where the temperature be controlled for comfort. Sun rays are carriers of solar radiation that generate heat when they strike surfaces that they encounter. Depending on the material composition, surfaces have been classified as good or bad heat absorbers. Transparent material like glass allows rays to pass through without absorbing the heat. However, the material behind the glass absorbs the heat and in turn warms the air around it, resulting in the phenomena, felt and referred to as, summer heat.
The transparency of glass, along with its other properties, makes it an ideal material for windows. Glass provides a smooth, even surface that can easily be cut into any shape and fixed onto frames. The great advantage of glass, its transparency, brings along with it the requirement, effort and expense to provide an appropriate window treatment solution for privacy and to prevent environmental exposure to brightness, heat, wind, dust and cold. Every season brings with it its own unique requirements for window treatment solutions. Since it is highly impractical to provide a solution for each seasonal variation our effort is directed towards choosing one that suits all seasonal variations and is long lasting.
Wooden Window Blinds an excellent long term solution to beat the heat of summer and the cold of winter, but probably the most expensive, hence, out of the reach of most homeowners. The thermal, decorative and aesthetic properties of wood are well-known to even the most unscientific homeowner. No manufacturer or supplier need spend much time and money to sell window treatment solutions made of wood. It would be the first option for buyers with the budget. How about the rest of us who would love to use wood but find that it does not fit the budget? Faux Wood, of course.
The material used in Faux Wood blinds, as the name suggests, is material that imitates wood. They are an alternative to real wood products. Faux wood is generally made of vinyl, vinyl compounds or a combination of vinyl. The market potential for 2 inch faux wood blinds is growing exponentially because manufacturers are providing products that exhibit or surpass many critical characteristics of real wood.
Reputed manufacturers like Graber, Norman and Crown – to name a few – offer products with hardened slats that do not sag as earlier generation faux wood slats did. The hardening also ensures that the slats remain scratch proof, and free of warp, dent, split and crack under normal handling conditions. This development enhances the operational life of custom faux wood blinds. When slats are hard and rigid, fabricators are able to provide predictable control mechanisms whereby maximum insulation and minimum leakage is achieved. This makes faux wood products cheaper and an excellent solution for year-round functionality.
The rigidity embedded in the slats make it easier to design reliable control devices to manipulate them with. Manufacturers study the products carefully and patent control mechanism. For example, Norman uses the Insta Lock technology to effortlessly lock the slats in almost any angle or position. This invention provides users relief from manipulating control cords to achieve the desired slat position even when blinds are located in inconvenient locations.
With such great market potential, a lot of research effort is done to provide unique features that will enhance the attractiveness of the product to consumers. Reputed manufacturers regularly announce new faux wood window blinds ranges that fulfill niche requirements at a fraction of real wood prices. The Lake Forest range of Graber promises the “look of luxurious real wood blinds”. A peep into the images of mock-up room scenarios provided by the websites of suppliers gives us an indication of the mouth-watering elegance that faux wood blinds can provide to enhance the style and decor of rooms. Gone are the days when these blinds were considered only for high-humidity locations like bathrooms, the kitchen, and other insignificant sites. Faux wood blinds have come a long way through continuous innovation and adaptation that is bridging the gap between real wood and faux wood products. They have moved in to adorn the entire home. In quality and appearance, they have emerged as worthy competitors to window treatment options like drapes, curtains, shades and even real wood products.
As is well known the composition of the material used to manufacture faux wood blinds comprises of a man-made material that are chemicals. The general perception is that such man-made material is a safety hazard. Reputed manufacturers guarantee adherence to the strict conformation to specified standards in excess of minimum safety norms. They also publicly declare the non-usage of chemicals and additives that are hazardous to health.
Today, white faux wood blinds are a good option to consider beating the summer heat. When originating from reputed sources, they are safe and come with a limited lifetime warranty. Manufacturers are sticking their necks out. Trust them.