Comparing Wood and Faux Wood Blinds

Parkland® Wood Blinds & Everwood® Alternative Wood Blinds

At Windo VanGo serving the greater Baltimore area, customers often ask whether they should buy genuine or faux wood blinds. In reality, both offer certain benefits, so it will be up to the consumer to determine what’s right for their needs. If you’re considering that type of window treatment, you might want to learn about the pros and cons of each. Read on to learn more!

Genuine and Faux Similarities

You’ll notice immediately that each product is constructed similarly, using string “ladders” to suspend the slats. The product lines all offer various slat sizes—you have options that will work for each size of window, each room’s needs, and your personal preference. Both genuine and faux wood will work well with a variety of décor styles—they can blend with traditional, contemporary, and retro looks. And both will enhance the overall aesthetic of a room, sometimes even increasing the value of a home.

Benefits of Genuine Wood

Genuine wood—used in products such as Hunter Douglas Heritance® Hardwood Shutters and Parkland® Wood Blinds—offers unique characteristics that can appeal to people who want a one-of-a-kind look. With the Heritance Handcrafted Series, several different finishing techniques help highlight the unique aspects of the wood, including worm holes, dents, cracks, and knots, helping your finished product look rustic yet elegant. With genuine wood, you can choose from numerous slat sizes and a variety of colors and stains to match your overall look. Other benefits include:

  • Their lighter weight (50% lighter than comparable faux wood blinds) makes them easier to maneuver
  • They can be designed to fit larger area
  • You can eliminate light through rout holes
  • Parkland Wood Blinds are great for specialty shaped windows such as arches, angles, circles, and cut-outs
  • Choose decorative tapes to add to your décor

Drawbacks to Genuine Wood

Although it has numerous benefits, genuine wood also comes with some drawbacks. For example, genuine wood can warp in areas of high moisture, and children and pets can tax its sturdiness. Also, it’s about 30 percent more expensive than its faux cousin.

Benefits of Faux Wood

Faux wood—found in products such as EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds, Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters, and NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters—are durable and affordable and can give you the best of both worlds. Products made of faux wood tend to be resistant to high moisture and UV rays—they won’t crack, chip, peel, warp, or bow. You can select from numerous colors and stains to coordinate with your décor, and many can fit in specialty shaped windows. These beauties will look just as good as the real thing, but they cost less; plus, they’re easy to clean—simply wipe with a damp cloth.

Drawbacks to Faux Wood

While it might seem like the best budgetary solution, faux wood might not be the right choice for you. It’s heavier than genuine wood, and not all faux wood products can be sized for larger window openings. Be sure to speak with a trained consultant to see if faux wood is right for your needs.

Find Genuine and Faux Wood Treatments in Baltimore

Windo VanGo is your premier Hunter Douglas Window Treatment specialist and supplier of Farrow & Ball premiere paints and wallpapers in the Baltimore, MD, area, with a gallery showroom in Marriottsville. Serving residential and commercial clients throughout the counties of Baltimore, Baltimore City, Howard, Carroll, Hartford, and Anne Arundel. Contact us today for a design consultation!