Guide to Top Window Treatments

Posted April 25th, 2008 in Learn by BLINDFinder

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You’re almost certainly familiar with 2″ horizontal blinds as they are, far and away, the most popular window treatment option today. Even if you haven’t been exposed to this popular option, more than likely you grew up with aluminium, mini-blinds on your windows. The recent popularity of 2″ blinds exploded when manufacturers refined the quality of their faux wood products. The result is high quality, durable blinds that look great and are relatively inexpensive… how could you not buy these? If you’re unclear on the faux wood vs. real wood decision, please hop over to our article on the subject. At the most basic level, blinds are any window treatment that can be raised or lowered, consist of a series of slats (strips of wood, aluminum, vinyl, or some other similar material) that can be rotated opened or closed. There are a variety of options available such as routeless, wand or cord tilt, real or faux wood, inside or outside mount, just to name a few. These topics are covered in great detail on our learning page.

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Aluminum blinds are most commonly available in 1/2″ and 1″ slat sizes and are usually referred to as mini blinds. These blinds are one of the most inexpensive ways to cover your windows, and depending on the brand, typically work very well. The cheaper, imported mini blinds and those that are made with a very flimsy plastic are the blinds that you should avoid. These blinds do not block sunlight well and do little to prevent a room from heating up (this sort of defeats the purpose of the blinds). These blinds also typically fall apart easily and come with no warranty to back them up. Unless you’re looking for a cheap temporary fix, pay for a national brand.

Next we move on to vertical blinds.

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  1. […] inexpensive way to cover your windows. A popular example of this type of window treatment is the vertical blind. Unfortunately, one major problem with vinyl blinds is their tendency to build up static charge and […]

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