Wherever you go in the world, you’re likely to find window blinds. And wherever you go, most of these window blinds will have a few things in common. They will, for example, be fitted on the window of dwellings — of places where people live. They will generally be around the same size as the window, or possibly a little bit bigger. And their job will be much the same; to control the temperature in a room — either by keeping the heat of the sun out or by retaining warmth from within — or to provide privacy for the residents from the gaze of neighbours, passers-by and unwanted sticky beaks.
However, despite all these similarities, blinds come in a huge range of different forms. There are, for example, many varieties of blinds, from the horizontal slats of the Venetian blind style to vertical blinds, Roman blinds and even automated roller blinds. However, in this article we’re going to look at another differentiating point of window blinds — the materials used. After all, all over the world, window blinds are made from a range of different materials, each with their own range of benefits.
1. Metal blinds
Most likely to be made out of aluminium, metal blinds are known for their sturdiness. Because they’re made from aluminium, they generally don’t rust easily, and they are also relatively affordable. Most of the time, metal blinds come in the style of Venetian blinds, running horizontally across the window with a long cord attach to the horizontal slats to raise and lower the blinds.
2. Plastic blinds
Much like metal blinds, plastic blinds are another popular and highly affordable style of window blind. They are also quite robust and resistant to the wear and tear of extreme weather. Plastic blinds have the additional advantage of coming in a wide variety of colours to match the decor of a home. The most common type of plastic blinds would have to be vinyl.
3. Wooden blinds
While Venetian blinds are more of a style than a material, most commonly it is wooden blinds that are associated with the Venetian style. However, they also generally cost a lot more due to the sophistication and style they provide; a somewhat old-world elegance that many homeowners desire. The disadvantage of wooden blinds, however, is that they can be tough to maintain, feeling the effects of sunlight, humidity and so forth more so than metal and plastic blinds.
4. Faux wood blinds
Also known as composite wood, these are a mixture of wood components and synthetic plastic materials such as PVC. By combining the two materials, window blind owners are able to achieve the elegant look of wood while still keeping the low-maintenance advantages of metal and plastic.
5. Synthetic blinds
Increasingly we’re seeing a range of synthetic fabrics that are designed to enhance all the benefits of window blinds, such as controlling the temperature of the room while also allowing residents to see outside. These types of blinds are commonly seen in modern automated roller blinds. They also have the added advantage of coming in a range of different colours and styles, meaning they can provide a look of sophistication as well as matching the decor of the home.