Faux wood blind question

blubirdAugust 9, 2014

A friend of mine is redecorating a condo in an older adult community in south Florida. The apartment will only be used by adults for probably not more than a total of 2 to 3 weeks a year. Eventually, they might rent out the apt during the winter months, again, to adults.

She is not looking for a high-end super sturdy blind, unless it also is "reasonably priced. She does not want shutters, woven blinds or roll-up blinds. These blinds would probably never be raised or lowered; they probably will get tilted daily for light, but privacy is needed.

She was looking into using the 2" wide faux (vinyl?) wood look blinds but had some questions, so I offered to post them here.

She had concerns about the effect of heat and direct sun on the vinyl blinds (if they would warp from the sun and heat) and any off-gassing or stinky odors, which some of the reviews seem to indicate about various brands. She is looking into Graber, Lowe's brand of Allen & Roth, and Hunter Douglas. Of course, the salesman for the most expensive, the Hunter Douglas said you 'get what you pay for." She is not necessarily convinced of that, especially as she was hoping to keep the cost down as she needs several. :-)

Can anyone offer her some insight as to your experiences with these faux blinds?


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Elraes Miller

Faux wood blinds seem to last a couple of years. I am no longer a fan of them. They turn yellow from the sun and are a pain to clean. When cleaning I found the "strings" loved to take on any dirt. Even taking them down and washing outside or in the bathtub became more than I cared to fuss with. Perhaps consider inexpensive ones and changing out every two years. Or a film on the windows to keep the sun exposure down. Pricing and quality may be a factor, I don't have recent experience to know.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 7:11AM
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In my experience, the HD salesperson is probably right. I have had faux wood HD plantation shutters in a house for 10+ years with no fading, discoloration or degradation/wear. I have had less expensive shutters in a house that showed wear and discoloration within a few years. I was never aware of off-gassing from the faux wood.

Recently I was working to install faux wood blinds at two price/quality points in someone else's house and the HD blinds we installed are so much nicer and sturdy than the less expensive blinds we used from Select Blinds. I have never installed blinds in my own home but technicolor's point about the strings getting dirty seems like a good reason to buy cheaper blinds and change them out more often....

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 9:11AM
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I had Levelor faux wood blinds from Lowe's in a vacation home. I did not have issues with dirty cords and the slats cleaned fine. However, I had 4 windows that got constant afternoon sun, year round. The blinds in those windows discolored in a fairly short time.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 9:57AM
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I have had faux wood (mahogany colored) blinds from Lowes, forgot brand Levolor or Allen & Roth, some in south facing windows for at least 3 years. No fading or warping. I can't imagine they are any harder or easy to clean than wood blinds. Most are in a bedroom and there was never any smell from them.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 7:59PM
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I have had white faux wood blinds from justblinds.com in a south and west facing room for over three years. They are doing fine. I didn't sense any outgassing. They are Justblinds house brand and they were quite inexpensive.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 8:45PM
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I have off the shelf faux wood blinds from Home Depot. They are 10 years old and still look fine. No outgassing, no discoloration. But, they are heavy and the cords on a couple of them aren't working quite right these days.

btw, mine face east.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 10:19PM
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I have previously had Faux white wood blinds which I loved! No fading, warping, or smelling in the 4 years we were in that house.

debrak2008 - Could you post a photo of your Faux wood mahogany blinds and see what manufacturer they are from?

We have real wood blinds (expensive I might add) in our current home. 44 windows and doors! The blinds are 8 years old. All the blinds that stay closed most of the day, and get the most sun, have faded badly. These are in our bedroom and bath...a south facing wing that heats up pretty badly.

I am looking into replacing all blinds with Faux, but have not recently seen any Faux wood tones that I like.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 3:01PM
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I have off-the-shelf faux wood blinds from Home Depot on the 18 windows in my home, in white. Some of them get intense sun. To date (9 years) they've not yellowed, warped, nor the cords broken. They are easy to clean. I'm moving soon into a new house and intend to use the same product, in brown this time.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 5:59PM
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I've used JC Penny's blinds for years - both the faux white, and the real wood. Both were reasonably priced (IMO), and both have held up well for years.

I should add I am not hard on the blinds at all, and they are rarely raised/lowered - but still, I'm very impressed with these blinds.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:44AM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

After 10 years in the hot So CA desert sun, our faux wood blinds looked like new. Therefore, there have been installed at our new home. We do have two West facing windows where we hung solar shades because the sun was glaring on the TV and ruining our dinners in the dining area. Well, solar shades don't block the sun when it is big and round in the sky, so therefore, we installed more faux wood blinds inside the window box for extra protection. We now watch TV and eat with no hot sun.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:52AM
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I will post a photo asap. I tried to look for the manufacturers name on the blinds but couldn't find it. Will look again.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 6:32PM
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It's usually up on top of the header. Thank you!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 7:53PM
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Ok I will need to get the step stool out to see up there. Can do it after work today. DH really thinks they are Levolor but we will see.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 7:36AM
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Here are the blinds but I realized they are very dusty. I haven't dusted them all summer and haven't washed the windows either. I will post the brand when I can.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:32PM
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