Window coverings are great for increasing energy efficiency in your home. They can also provide shade and weather protection. Window treatments are often the most expensive part of window treatment, so choosing the right one is essential.
Wood shutters, like those offered by Sunwood Blinds, come either ready-made or custom made. Ready-made stock sizes fit standard windows, but you will have to trim them if your windows are larger than that size. Custom shutters must be built especially for your windows because no two sets of windows are the same size.
Both types of wood shutters require regular maintenance for optimal performance over time. Not only do they need to be oiled every year or two depending on the climate, but they also need to be painted every five years or so.
Faux Wood Shutters
Like those offered by Chelmsford Shutters, Faux wood shutters have a much lower maintenance requirement than real wood blinds and will never rot or warp. They are made from a synthetic material that is designed to look just like the real thing.
However, faux blinds do not offer the same noise reduction or insulation benefits as wooden shutters. If you have bright sunlight coming into your windows all day long, faux blinds may not provide enough shade for you during daytime hours because they can’t be darkened with oiling like natural wood shutters.
However, if you like the appearance of wood but live in an area where it is too hot for wooden shutters, faux blinds are a great alternative.
Fabric blinds are the most affordable window treatment option for your home. They come in many colours, patterns and textures. Custom fabric blinds can be ordered with your choice of lining material to improve insulation if desired.
Like wood shutters, fabric blinds require regular maintenance by professional service providers (usually every six months or so).
Aluminium Blinds & Shutters
Aluminium is another durable material that is suitable for outdoor use. Some aluminium blind products also have vinyl coatings to make them more resistant to moisture and sun exposure corrosion. These shutters often stay white in colour, longer than other materials because they contain no pigments that fade over time.
The lack of pigments also means that aluminium blinds and shutters do not hide dirt, so it is common for them to need professional cleaning more often than other materials (at least once or twice a year).
Vinyl shutters are the most affordable window treatments on the market today. They require little maintenance and usually come with a warranty against the manufacturer’s defects. Like fabric window coverings, vinyl blinds can be made in various colours, patterns and textures to fit your unique style.
If you want to match your exterior siding exactly, this material may be the right choice for you. However, they tend to hold dust more than other window treatments because they lack a coating of any kind.
Don’t forget to replace your window treatments with the same material and style when they wear out or become damaged! If you choose two different types of blinds for the same room, such as one type in the living room and another in the bedroom, it can look very unbalanced no matter how nice each set looks individually.
However, there is nothing wrong with using different materials for different rooms if that works best in your home. Just be sure that all shutters and blinds match one another and work well with both your interior decor and exterior design before installing them throughout your home.