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5 Major Advantages of Fauxwood Shutters vs Real Wood Shutters

Homeowners who want a unique look in their homes have grown to love indoor shutters. Although most people associate shutters with the exterior of homes, they look great when installed indoors, and they provide all of the privacy, insulation, and light control that you expect with standard blinds and shades.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer high-quality Fauxwood Plantation Shutters. They’re designed for homeowners with a do-it-yourself attitude and approach to décor, and they look just like real wood both at a distance and up close. They’re available with 2 ½ or 3 ½ louvers, and they’re GREENGUARD® Indoor Air Quality Certified, which means their materials and manufacturing process are safe for all homes.

Faux wood alternatives to real wood window treatments are becoming more and more popular, but some of our customers have questions and concerns about our fauxwood shutters. If you’re wondering whether fauxwood shutters are right for your home, check out the following five advantages they have over real wood shutters, and if you’re still not convinced, don’t hesitate to contact our sales professionals for more information.

They’re easier to install

Real wood shutters look beautiful, but they can be heavy. And the heavier a window treatment is, the more difficult it can be to install. Because our fauxwood shutters are made with a composite material and lightweight, hollow-bodied construction process, they’re easy to lift and mount. That means almost any homeowner or do-it-yourselfer can install fauxwood shutters with ease, regardless of their size or the height at which they need to be mounted.

They’re more durable

They’re more durable

Real wood shutters are often heavily treated with special chemicals and finishes to protect them from everything they’ll be exposed to during a typical lifetime of use, but no amount of special preparations or processes can get around the fact that real wood doesn’t always hold up over time. Fauxwood shutters aren’t just stronger than real wood shutters, but they’re also more durable due to their composite materials. Built with a reinforced interior designed to resist warping, fauxwood shutters are designed to last for many years.

They’re waterproof

Water is wood’s worst enemy. Even treated wood is subject to warping, expanding, cracking, fading, and even rotting when it’s exposed to water. But fauxwood has none of those issues. The composite materials used in our fauxwood shutters make them completely waterproof. Whether you’re cleaning them with water, they’re exposed to rain or spills, or they’re installed in a humid environment, you won’t have to worry about wood causing damage to your shutters.

They’re scratch-resistant

Real wood is also vulnerable to scratches. Older real wood blinds and shutters commonly show many signs of wear and tear after just a few years post-installation, especially in the form of hairline and deeper scratches. This can be a problem for homeowners with children and small pets, as scratches are common in those types of households. But fauxwood shutters are naturally resistant to scratches, which means they’re continue to look new for much longer than real wood shutters.

They’re fade-resistant

They’re fade-resistant

Wood fades over time, especially when it’s constantly exposed to bright sunlight. There are many treatments and sealants that can be used to slow the fading process inherent in real wood blinds and shutters, but it’s almost impossible to stop completely due to the natural elements in wood. Fauxwood shutters, on the other hand, are far more resistant to fading due to their composite materials. In addition, our fauxwood shutters are also treated with UV inhibitors, which further decreases their tendency to fade—another factor that prolongs their lifespan and beauty.

 

What Makes Modern Window Treatments Better?

There’s no stopping the march of progress. Whether it’s medicine, technology, fashion, or home design, people are always innovating, improving, and refining the things we use in our everyday lives. That statement holds true even for things like blinds and shades. Although the changes in window treatments isn’t as obvious as the transition from old tube-style televisions to flat-screen high-definition panels, the industry has seen some improvement improvements and advancements in recent years.

At Blindster, we’re proud to offer some of the highest-quality blinds and shades all of which are the newest models. It’s our goal to provide our customers with the latest and greatest, so that they can enjoy all the benefits of modern window treatments.

If you’re on the fence about upgrading or replacing your aging window coverings—or you’re just curious about what’s changed in the world of blinds and shades recently—check out the following reasons why modern window treatments are better than ones from previous eras:

Higher-quality materials

The materials used in many window treatments manufactured today are lighter, stronger, more durable, and easier to clean than ever before. Consider the beauty and UV-ray blocking capabilities of the Phifer Sheerweave® fabrics used in our line of Premium Solar Shades, the natural and man-made fibers used in our Bamboo shades, and the durable and lightweight composite materials used in our faux wood blinds and plantation shutters.

More options for customization

It’s 2017, and consumers demand greater customization and the ability to tailor products to their preferences and lifestyles. Window treatments are no exception to this demand, and all our blinds and shades have a multitude of options to help you get exactly what you want. Choose from features like top down bottom up operation, continuous loop and cordless lift options, privacy and blackout liners, edge binding, and cassette valances. In addition, our custom ordering process means that you can get the perfect fit for your doors and windows—no more one size fits all guessing games.

Greater variety of colors, textures, and patterns

Color schemes, textures, and patterns quickly fall in and out of fashion. The blinds or shades you purchased 20 years ago may look hopelessly outdated in 2017. In addition, they also may have faded or simply no longer match your home’s current décor and style. Thankfully, there are more options than ever for personalizing the appearance of your window treatments. Many of our blinds and shades have a dozen or more colors, with some having 30+ options to choose from.

Online ordering makes it easy to narrow your search

Before the rise of online shopping, getting new window treatments was a hassle. You had to flip through potentially outdated catalogs or drive to a store or warehouse and look at a small selection of blinds and shades under than less-than-ideal lighting conditions and with a high-pressure salesman guiding you along the way. With online ordering, you can take your time and easily sort through dozens of window treatments, including various options and colors. And once you find a few that you like, you can order samples to help you further refine your search.

Motorized shades are now affordable for all

Battery and remote-powered shades have been around for a while, but they were previously niche products that simply weren’t practical for most homeowners. But advances in technology and materials have made these shades more affordable for homeowners, and now they’re at a price point that’s comparable to standard shades. Motorized shades are the ultimate in convenience and ease of operation, and a single remote can control up to 15 shades, making it simple to control all the shades in a large room or even throughout your entire home.

Online reviews and product descriptions give you more information

Part of being an informed and savvy consumer is doing your research before you make a purchase. That includes things like checking out the reviews of the products you’re thinking about purchasing and carefully reviewing product information and technical specifications. In the past, buying window treatments was a like taking a shot in the dark, as you had no way of knowing about peculiarities specific to a model or whether it had a major flaw that wasn’t immediately noticeable. But buying blinds and shades in 2017 means you have quick and easy access to a wealth of information before you put up your hard-earned money.