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Why Horizontal Blinds aren’t a Good Option for Sliding Patio doors


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Have you noticed how people can drive you insane out of their sheer obtuseness? I mean, sometimes they just don’t make sense, be it that they wear clothes that don’t suit them but they just have to coz it’s the latest fashion statement or that they eat out at places just to be ‘seen’, not because they enjoy the food, and the worst thing – going on holidays so they can post ‘selfies’ on Facebook! Teeth were grinding annoying, isn’t it? When will people make informed choices to suit themselves and stop living by others’ standards? Why do we have brains? But living a life out of the glare of public view – just so not happening!

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So imagine when you come across this friend who’s just had her interiors redone to improve prospects of selling her home – everything is done for effect! God forbid that you spilled a bit of coffee onto the floor – gosh! Would she use a damp cloth to blot it off or would she resort to using some fancy cleaner from Amway? The latter, I’d assume…. nothing as pedestrian as to blot a coffee stain off the floor the good old fashioned way! And should I forget to mention it, she had ‘2 inch Faux Wood Blinds’ installed on all of her windows, even on her sliding glass patio doors! The incongruity of this last doing was so beyond me that I blurted out, “But why’d you have them fixed on your sliding doors?” And she looks at me incredulously and says, “Because, duh!” “Because what?” I asked clueless, to which she responded, “All my friends said it’s the done thing!”

The thing is, it’s all hunky-dory to go for uniformity – all windows and doors sporting the same covering – faux wood blinds aren’t the lightest of window dressings. Sure, lighter than their wooden counterpart, but not the best option for wide patio doors that would require wide sets of blinds, and to raise them manually plays hell. While there is a host of reasons why faux wood blinds should be used in one’s home, using them on tall, wide, sliding glass doors because your friends did so is absurd! First of all, the blinds add weight to the already heavy double-paned, nitrogen-filled doors, making it absolutely cumbersome to slide. Secondly, patio doors are at least 7 feet in length, and since horizontal window blinds stack to the top, you get a ‘head’ below the cassette or head rail – the blinds would comprise at least 48 slats, so you get a stack height of 10 inches, and including the cords in between them and the bottom rail, you reduce about a foot of the door height/clearance – banging your head on them becomes a real possibility for people of 6 feet or more in height. Thirdly, cleaning the glass poses difficulty behind the blinds when they’re fully raised as they’re fixed very close to the glass. Considering the reasons mentioned the better option would have been vertical blinds as they stack to the sides, or my preference, Zebra Sheer Roller Shades, which would retract fully into its cassette when raised. I mean pullez, this is common sense, right? As Isaac Asimov said, “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off, or the light won’t come in.”

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Hey, there’s nothing wrong with the 2.5-inch faux wood blinds she’s used on her windows. In fact, they make practical sense in that they are the more economical version of real wood blinds, and why would she spend more money when she could just as easily use a perfectly serviceable look-alike? She’s chosen blinds that sport a natural wood grain finish, and I tell you, the uninitiated wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the authentic and the fake! Moreover, when the vanes of these blinds are fully opened, they offer an excellent outdoor view without having to raise them – the broader the vanes, the better the view, and the smaller the stack they make when raised fully. Ditto the ventilation they could provide. And best of all, tilt the vanes upward to deflect the hot afternoon sun to the ceiling, from where they get diffused to light up a room pleasantly, also reducing solar gain.

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Remember also, faux wood blinds are easily cleaned with a soft damp cloth, or can be vacuumed occasionally; for major cleaning, they can be immersed in a tub of soapy water and sponge cleaned to a shiny new look. The wood grain on the slats is even in their design, unlike the real wood blinds that have natural inconsistencies. She’s opted for the continuous cord lift mechanism that is fitted with a sophisticated InstaLock system that allows the blind to be raised to any level desired. And the cutting edge SmartPrivacy feature ensures that ambient light seeping in when the slats are closed is blocked effectively, providing necessary darkness and privacy. Best of all, because these blinds are water-proof, there’s no question of them warping, splitting or cracking, and fitted with a sturdy bottom rail that prevents the slats from ever bowing. Flame retardant and lead-free, they are a good option for homes with little feet running about.

Well, with the innumerable advantages of having Windows endowed with this amazingly versatile option among blinds, one can’t go too wrong in deciding on the immeasurable value they add to a home.

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