Wood vs. Faux Wood Shutters – Comparing Aesthetics, Environmental Impact, and More
Wood and faux wood are materials with strengths of their own, a blind made with each of these materials would be durable and serve a myriad of purposes. But we’ve reached a time in mankind’s history where we can no longer simply choose a better product. Today, we also need to consider the environmental impact of what we’re doing and who we’re selling it to. So today we are going to take a look at exactly what strengths and weaknesses wood and faux wood tend to have and how they affect the environment.
Do They Look as Good?
• Wooden blinds are among the most aesthetically pleasing among all other types of blinds.
• Wooden blinds come in myriad colors and designs depending on the type of slats used.
• The grain of the wood is also important as it can result in natural wavy, attractive patterns that many have come to enjoy.
• Designer faux wood blinds are made to look like wooden blinds and come with similarly pleasing styles.
• Faux wood blinds also come in many colors, but the aesthetics are not as solid as compared to wooden blinds.
• When one looks at faux wood blinds closely, it is easy to see that the material is false; it lacks natural attractiveness when compared to true wooden blinds even if it’s only a small difference.
• Faux wood can imitate the graininess of true wood, but only to a certain degree.
• Faux wood blinds are great substitutes and offer more usability and application than normal wood.
• Wooden blinds are, of course, made of wood (usually timber or ebony) and require a large supply of natural wood to sustain production that meets demand.
• The supply of trees and wood would not be sufficient unless reputed makers of window treatments took steps to avoid excessive deforestation.
• Reputed blind makers like Hunter Douglas and resellers like Zebra Blinds work with the forest depts. to plant as many trees as they use, and even increase the tree covering over the area in a given year.
• Custom wood blinds are simpler to dispose of as they are bio-degradable (just the wooden parts!) and are readily accepted by recycling centers.
• Faux wood blinds are a mix of plastic and (sometimes recycled) wood chips and require less natural resources to make.
• Faux wood blinds are primarily popular because they look like wood but have more applications (ie. they are water-resistant).
• Due to their PVC materials, faux wood blinds are not recyclable and can be hard to dispose of properly. They are often recommended to be donated for reuse.
Application and Durability
• Both faux wood blinds and wooden blinds have a significant amount of light control.
• Wooden blinds are sturdy and modern technology has perfected them to a point where you will have very little trouble using them.
• Wooden blinds are great for living rooms or the outdoors but even when coated, they are susceptible to water damage
• Wooden blinds begin to warp when they come under prolonged contact with water
• Any place that is incredibly humid or any place that sees a lot of water like the kitchen or the bathroom is not suitable for wooden blinds
• Faux wood is not affected by water and can be used as a substitute in places regardless of moisture and humidity
• Faux wood blinds are incredibly durable and have no restrictions on the application as opposed to wooden blinds
• Faux wood blinds are heavier than wooden blinds and usually require sturdier fixings to ensure that they do not eventually damage the frame
• Faux wood blinds and wooden blinds are both capable of taking on windy weather but you would be better off using wood indoors and faux wood outdoors
Faux wood is a great alternative to wood and uses recycled wood and plastic in a good way, but faux wood isn’t necessarily perfect. They are durable and water-resistant, making them a functional and affordable option over wood blinds that will last a long time. However, due to their composition, they are much more difficult to recycle or dispose of properly. On the other hand, wooden blinds from reputed makers come with the promise that the trees their wood came from are being replaced and their source of trees is constantly being replenished each year. The wood materials are recyclable and easy to dispose of.