Wood Venetian v/s Faux Wood

Wood Venetian v/s Faux Wood

Window maintenance may completely change the appearance of your home.  

When choosing between Wood Venetian & Faux Wood, it is essential to consider the area you’re designing & the window size.  

The material from which wood venetian and faux wood are produced is exactly what distinguishes them from each other.  Wood venetians are composed of exactly what the name indicates; “wood” and are available in a range of coatings and paints to complement the design of your room. Because wood venetian blinds are lighter than faux wood, they are great for large windows. Wood venetian is not suggested for high humidity locations such as bathrooms or kitchens because it might bend or crack.

PVC composites are used to make faux wood blinds. They come in a variety of colours, including paints and faux-stains. The printed image of wood grain on stain is what makes the appearance of faux wood blinds real. An embossed texture is available on both painted and stained faux wood blinds, adding to the realistic impression.

Faux Wood Blinds have a PVC coating that makes them ideal for high humidity locations like bathrooms and can handle mild splashing. Because the material is heavier than wood blinds, it’s best to split them into many blinds on one headrail if you have large windows.

Wood and faux wood blinds are both available with beautiful cloth tapes and the same control options.

Is the quality of Wood Venetian blinds superior to that of Faux wood?

To some extent, this is determined by where you buy them and their overall quality standards. Made-to-measure blinds, whether wood or faux wood, will be of greater quality than prefabricated mass-produced alternatives.

Cheap faux-wood blinds may thus appear and feel plasticky, whereas made-to-measure blinds will often pass for real wood at first glance and will not appear or feel cheap.

If you compared a faux wood blind to a real wood venetian blind, you could almost surely identify the difference.

When you’re talking about two extremely different materials like PVC and real wood, it’s difficult to draw a meaningful like-for-like comparison on quality.

    Is the appearance of wood venetian blinds superior to that of faux wood?

Wood venetian blinds are the way to go if you want a truly natural look and feel, as well as the ability to mix in with other woods, natural or organic materials and textures in a room. They have an almost intangible warmth and richness that is difficult to replicate in synthetic materials. 

Faux wood blinds are manufactured out of a firm, waterproof PVC that gives each slat a consistent finish but lacks the characteristic graining and “flaws” that characterise real wood. 

As a result, each individual slat of a wood venetian blind will differ somewhat from its counterpart.  This will, however, be more evident on stained, soft-grained wooden blinds than on painted ones.

Is it true that hardwood blinds can withstand more wear and tear than plastic blinds? 

Most likely not.  To some extent, you might expect faux wood blinds to exhibit signs of wear and tear more slowly than actual wood blinds; and if regularly exposed to damp or humidity, faux-wood blinds will undoubtedly be more forgiving.

Are wood venetian blinds more environmentally friendly than faux wood blinds?

Real wood blinds made from responsibly grown and ecologically felled and managed wood are environmentally friendly and have high eco-credentials. 

Keep in mind that we can only speak about our own wooden blinds here, and you should check with other shops if you’re looking for prefabricated wooden blinds at the lower end of the pricing range.

Faux-wood blinds are made of PVC, a form of plastic, and the manufacturing procedures used to make them (together with the fact that PVC is not biodegradable) make them objectively less eco-friendly than real wood blinds.

PVC blinds, on the other hand, can be recycled, so there’s no need for them to wind up in a landfill once they’ve served their purpose.

Which is better: faux wood or genuine wood venetian blinds?

Which is superior in terms of energy efficiency?

Wood is a natural shield that protects your home from solar gain and UV rays while also helping to keep the heat in during winter.  

Faux wood blinds, on the other hand, give a high amount of insulation, therefore there isn’t much of a difference in terms of insulation and energy efficiency.

In terms of operation, are wood venetian blinds superior to faux wood?

Wood and faux-wood are both a part of Venetian blinds, and they function in the same way.

The main difference is that faux-wood blinds are a bit heavier than wood venetian, which is only important to consider when fitting really large blinds because it means you’ll have to exert a little more effort to raise them.

Which type is the most convenient to clean?

Since Faux-wood Venetian are made out of PVC  being waterproof (and fire resistant), you can get a little more creative with cleaning them, and you can even wash them down to remove grease and dirt.

Water shouldn’t be allowed to get too close to genuine wood blinds, since the slats will absorb it and distort and swell.

Cleaning real wood blinds is achievable, but you’ll need to use a moist towel instead of buckets of water, and try to keep them as dry as possible.

In most cases, though, a fast dusting with a duster will do for both types of blinds, and you won’t need to think about anything more extensive.

Is it better to choose wood venetian or faux wood blinds?

It needs to be real wood if only an actual natural material with the appropriate eco-credentials would tick all the boxes for you.

However, if you’re in a tiny kitchen or bathroom that’s humid or condenses a lot, you’ll want to go with faux wood blinds because wood venetian blinds don’t like too much moisture, as explained above.

Aside from the variables I’ve listed above, you’re mostly left to your own personal preference; one thing to keep in mind, however, is that authentic wood venetian blinds are more expensive than faux-wood.