How Tough Are Faux Wood Blinds?

They might be tougher than real wood...

Are faux wood blinds durable enough for your windows? In a word, yes. Yes they are more than capable of dealing with almost any wear and tear, and in most instances they are actually stronger and last longer than real wood blinds.

That's because real wood isn't nearly as "long lasting" as many people think. The primary reason for using wood in the first place is pure aesthetics. And let's face it, they do look great! There truly is no substitute for the real thing. For the discerning decorator, no faux wood blind will ever capture the personality, look and style that comes naturally in wood.

And that's great, but they also cost an arm and a leg. Which is what drives most people to consider buying faux wood blinds instead. In most instances you can save up to 75% to 80% for shying away from the real ones.

But Are They Durable Enough For Your Home?

Yes. Yes they are. And in most instances, they are actually tougher, stronger and will last longer than real wood.

Sounds crazy, right? Well, it's true. Here's why:

Faux wood is created from wood byproducts, such as sawdust and other scraps. It's then pressed together in a huge machine that forms the shape. In this process, epoxy and glue are introduced, helping the piece hold its shape. Then it's coated in a veneer, usually one that replicates wood knots and grains. The result is a very strong bond that can actually hold up better than thin strips of real wood, and won't nick in the corners or edges, either. Plus, the veneer won't fade.

Real wood, on the other hand, is minimally treated because it would ruin the look. A protective coat is usually used to protect minor scrapes and bumps, but if too much sealant is used, it will lose the look. The result is that it is much more susceptible to bumps, scrapes, scratches, nicks and everything else. And it will also fade much faster in the sun.

Another Bonus: Better Insulation

If you're still undecided, maybe this will help: faux wood blinds act as better insulators than real wood does. Like I mentioned earlier, the faux stuff is denser as a result of the manufacturing process. That extra mass is a much better insulator than the real stuff.

The result is that your furnace and air conditioner won't have to work as hard to keep your interior at the exact temperature you want. And that leads to lower utility bills all year long.

So not only are you saving money up front by purchasing a less expensive product, you're also saving each and every month when the power or gas bills come due. That's win-win, if you ask me.

Ultimately, if you want real wood for looks, that's fine. Even though faux wood processing has come a long way since the horrible "panel" look of the 1970s, you can still tell the difference if you look close enough. And if this is a major drawback, then I'd encourage you to look at them. But if you don't mind if they look great until you get right up on them and also want blinds that will stand up to whatever punishment you can subject them to, plus save a little on your utility bills, then you might find exactly what you want with faux wood blinds.