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					Faux Wood Blinds or Real Wood Blinds?
 Without a doubt, this is the question that gets asked the most in the window
coverings business. As recent as 10 or more years ago, faux (pronounced foe) wood
blinds tended to look like plastic and certainly did not make a good substitute for
wood blinds. In the past 10 years with developments in fabrication, often it is hard to
differentiate between a faux wood blind and a real wood blind visually from as close
as a few feet. Certainly from the street you would not notice a difference. There is a
significant difference visually for stained wood blinds compared to stained (really
painted) faux wood blinds, but since 90% or more blinds are a shade of white, the
visual difference is negligible.
 Be very cautious of very cheap vinyl blinds. Most stock (pre-fabricated sizes)
programs at large home improvement stores are a type of foam. The materials in the
headrail (the top part that contains the pulley and other hardware) often have cheap
plastic components that tend to degrade quickly over time. The primary issue with the
cheap ones is their tendency to turn yellow and fade within a couple of years. They
also tend to become brittle and harden over time and eventually break.
 Pros and Cons Faux are often cheaper to produce than wood blinds Faux Wood
stains often look fake Faux are more moisture and humidity resistant Wood blinds
are much lighter than faxu blinds Faux are more durable in homes with children/pets
 So which is the right solution for your home? In my personal opinion, I would
suggest faux wood blinds unless you are planning to go with a stain (cherry,
mahogany, pine or other wood tone). If you are planning to use any shade of white, I
would recommend faux wood for its hardiness, value and durability. Even if you
choose to go with real wood, consider using faux wood in areas where moisture and
humidity might be a factor such as bathrooms, kitchens, attics and garages.
 A couple of considerations before making your purchase is to consider how long you
plan to live in the house. The type of blinds in your home normally will not effect the
valuation of your home. Also, you may need to consider your homeowner covenants.
Some home owners associations require that all window treatments be a shade of
white facing the street. It is rare, but we have run into this often. Lastly, consider
using a local professonial company to get your products from. Often they will
measure and install for a price comparable to doing it yourself by purchasing at a
home improvement store.
 KevinL Moore is the owner of a window treatments company in Birmingham
Alabama. AccuBlinds specializes in selling and installing window blinds, plantation
shutters and window shades. For a sales consultation for Birmingham blinds visit our