If you are here, then there’s a good chance you’re considering using faux wood as the material for one of your window treatments. If you are new to this, you may ask yourself “What the heck is faux wood and how is it different from real wood?” Well, we’re here to explain!
Faux wood kind of like the “I can’t believe it’s not butter” of wood. Picture your fake butter: It seems very similar to butter from far away, but as you come closer and taste it you start to notice some glaring differences. But despite all that, you’re still happy to give it to your friends and marvel at how healthy and happy it makes you feel. Well, faux wood is a lot like that except that it’s actually better than wood in some ways and doesn’t even come with the self-loathing that usually accompanies the other stuff.
To put it simply: A lot of blinds today are made from Faux wood, meaning that the blinds are made to look like real wood, except that they are not. While real wood blinds are made out of real wood, faux wood instead has variations of where they are either 100% PVC or are made with varying concentrations of wood pulp, wood chips, or wooden cores. The reason for this comes from the faux wood meaning: Fake wood. Real wood may be more expensive and more appealing depending on your choice of blinds. But real wood also comes with its own flaws and drawbacks.
Most of the common blinds are usually made from faux wood meaning that they’re designed to look like real wood. But to a trained eye, the obvious differences between faux and real wood will always be apparent (but still aesthetically pleasing). There are some obvious advantages and disadvantages when it comes to Faux wood blinds, here are what they usually are.
• Faux wood is designed to be nearly impervious to water.
• While we don’t mean you should soak it in water, faux wood certainly is capable of operating adequately in areas you may encounter high humidity or moisture
• This makes it especially easy for Faux wood blinds to be used in places like bathrooms and kitchens
• Real wooden blinds, on the other hand, do not do well when they come in contact with moisture and tend to warp in shape.
• These binds come in three grades and each one affects heat control significantly
• The cheapest of faux wood is mostly just made of layers of PVC stacked together. This leaves little room for the heat-absorbing pockets that normal wooden slats usually have to help control the temperature
• The next grade is a mixture of real wood pulp and PVC and is usually known for its mid-range price
• This mixture allows the material to absorb heat better than their pure PVC counterparts
• The final grade of faux wood is mostly a pulped wood center with a laminated exterior
• This is the most expensive grade of faux wood you can find and is comparable to real wood in heat absorption and weight
• Faux wood is heavier than real wood
• So you’ll need to make sure you have the right fittings and the right frame that will support the additional weight
• Something else to remember is that faux wood is not made of entirely natural materials
• Even the highest grade of faux wood is not free of pollutants given that PVC is involved in some way with every step. And this will be certain to increase your carbon footprint and thus your impact on the environment
• So when you’re finally done with your incredibly durable faux wood blinds from Zebrablinds, make sure you take them to a recycling center, although that may be difficult based on what type of blinds you’re using
So that’s the beginner’s stuff when you are dealing with faux wood, meaning you now know what you need to know if you ever decide to buy faux wood blinds. They’re mainly a more cost-effective or more durable replacement for the aesthetically superior wooden blinds, but they certainly do have their significant advantages. If you’ve never set up blinds or other window coverings before, you should make sure to look up any instructions you can find online (preferably via youtube). However, we would suggest anyone who has never used tools to just ask for someone who can do it professionally.