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Choosing Between Wood & Faux Wood Blinds

Wood blinds and faux wood blinds match any decor and style with color choices and stains that are anything but ordinary, ranging from many shades of white and ivory to the traditional natural wood stains to modern yellow, grey and plum in popular distressed or rustic options. Wood and faux wood blinds can function and look better in different rooms of the house. Wood vs faux wood always seems to present a quandary, so let’s look at each type of these blinds to help you decide which of these window treatments is the best selection for you.

Faux Wood Blinds

Faux wood blinds are simply imitation wood blinds; hence the word “faux” which means imitation or artificial. Faux wood blinds look like the “natural thing,” but what is faux wood? Faux wood blinds are actually made of either a composite wood material or a PVC/vinyl material. Wood and faux blinds are both constructed with slats but faux wood blinds either have slats with a wood core that is coated with a high tech polymer (composite) or the slats are entirely made of a vinyl/PVC material. Both of these materials are highly durable and will not warp, crack or fade, making them good choices for humid spots such as kitchens and bathrooms. High traffic areas that get a lot of wear and tear from our busy, curious children and other active areas demand faux wood blinds.  Faux wood blinds are easy to clean as any type of cleaning products can be used since you don’t have to worry about damaging any of the fine grain of real wood. Some faux woods tend to be heavier and can create a bit larger stack at the top of the window which decreases some light when raised. If you have a large or oversize window, you might struggle when raising or lowering this blind. However, faux wood blinds are the economical, inexpensive choice to give your home the “natural” look you want to achieve. Faux wood blinds continue to be one of the most popular window treatments for their versatility and uncomplicated design.

Wood Blinds

Real wood blinds are truly made from wood which has an outstanding look which offers the natural, warm and organic feel to your decor. Many people prefer real hardwood blinds just for the sophistication and refined quality that real wood blinds impart to any room. Wood blinds are like a hand rubbed piece of fine furniture, with a definite fine grain and a beautiful texture with unique details. Most wood blinds are made from North American hardwoods, using sustainable forestry methods required today with our dwindling supply of trees. The patina of real wood blinds cannot be denied or replicated. This upscale look does need some love and care as harsh chemicals need to be avoided when cleaning. Wood blinds do provide excellent insulation because of the strong wood construction and they offer superior privacy and shield furniture and art from harsh sunlight. Real wood blinds are lightweight and long lasting and are available in more varied size options, an important factor when covering large or oversize windows. If you have a special stained wood trim or you are trying to match furniture, hardwood blinds come in beautiful stains and many colors. Real wood blinds are a rich addition to any home and add an unrivaled warmth of elegance. Wood blinds are simply an irresistible design choice for your windows.

If you would like to book a consultation to look at the different styles of wood and faux blinds please call us on 07854185628 or email [email protected]

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Cassette Roller Blinds

At Express Essex Blinds we believe in offering a wide variety of choice, this includes the option to have your Roller Blind or Roman Blind finished with a matching or contrasting cassette & fascia.
It doesn’t stop there either. The Cassette Options available for your new blinds can be supplied as fully open, half or even fully enclosedso the amount of fabric showing at the top of the blind can becompletely contained within the Cassette if you want!.

Key Features

  • Cassette blackout roller blinds are commonly used in the contract market where maximum light elimination is required.
  • Although predominantly a contract blind this is a very sleek and aesthetically pleasing product that combines functionality and performance with great design and good looks.
  • Blinds can be supplied on white or black hardware with either a chain or crank operation.
  • All of our Cassette blackout roller blinds come with two piece adjustable side channels. These allow the installer to adjust them to achieve a perfect fit.
  • A comprehensive range of blackout fabrics are available to go with this blind, although any fabric may be used if required.

For more information please call us on 07854185628 or email [email protected]

Check out: www.expressessexblinds.co.uk

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The Benefits of Blackout Blinds

Blackout blinds are a very popular choice amongst homeowners, but why? lets look into their benefits and help you decide if they are right for you.

Sleeping Aid
As their name suggests, blackout blinds don’t just filter the light through your windows – they completely block it out. This is ideal for those who are light sleepers or those who don’t want to wake with the day’s first light. For those with young children, the darkness provided by blackout blinds can also be very useful in helping them stay in bed longer – perfect for parents for whom lie ins are a luxury!

Noise Filtering
As well as keeping unwanted light out of your room, the coating on the reverse of blackout blinds also helps reduce noise that filters through your windows, which is ideal for homes near busy roads or railways, for example.

Protection from Sun Damage
Sunlight can do more than just disturb your sleep – prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause serious damage to textiles in the home, from fading colours to weakening the fabric itself. By using blackout blinds, you can protect your textiles and upholstery from these issues.

Privacy
As well as stopping light from getting in, blackout blinds can also stop light from getting out. This means that people can’t see into your rooms from outside, increasing the privacy in your own home, something that thinner blinds and curtains cannot provide.

Variety
Blackout blinds don’t just have to be black, they can be altered to suit your aesthetic tastes and the interior design of your home. If you are choosing blackout blinds as an addition to your curtains or blinds, then the blackouts can be coloured to accompany them so as to maintain a consistent theme in the room.

At Express Essex Blinds, we understand the importance of the right curtains and blinds in a home. From privacy to functionality and design, everything is catered for by our expert team of fitters, ensuring that whether you choose blackout blinds or normal curtains, you are left with the ideal solution that meets your specifications. For more information about what we do, please feel free to get in touch today.

Call 07854185628 or email [email protected]

Check out www.expressessexblinds.com

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Choosing Between Shutters & Blinds?

If you have come far enough to be deciding between shutters and blinds, we are pleased that you have left behind any thoughts of curtains and other window coverings!

Budget & design choice for shutters and blinds

There is a lot to say between the two – shutters and blinds. On the whole you will be paying more for shutters, particularly if you source high quality wooden plantation shutters rather than cheaper MDF shutters. The quality of finish will vary between shutter company products, however on the whole you will want to find shutters which are very durable and solid which is often the case as they are fixed either directly to your window frame or the walls surrounding depending on how your room allows the shutter installation. Whichever choice you make it is important to make sure that your windows themselves are in good repair and will work with your choice of blinds or shutters.

Blinds will tend to be cheaper, but it is important to choose a quality blind that is going to last instead of a quick fix blind off the shelf from a big department store.

One thing is for sure, there are many more blind companies to choose for then there are shutter companies. There are a host of ranges out there and they will be available asvenetian blinds, wooden blinds, vertical blinds, roman blinds and so many more!

It is definitely a personal taste for shutters or blinds
If you want your property to really stand out with superb quality window coverings, stylish and contemporary shutters are still a rarer site at this stage. Blinds can create beautiful clean lines in any interior, but with so many blinds available from the huge super stores off the shelf, make sure you look carefully if you want a really stylish product.

If you would like to book a consultation to discuss the different options available please call on 07854185628 or email [email protected]om

Check out: expressessexblinds.co.uk

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Cleaning Tips For Different Styles of Blinds

Cleaning tips for our different styles of blinds.

Vertical Blinds

Some fabrics are washable – ask the salesperson for advice. If your vertical blind is made of standard fabric, there are still plenty of ways to keep it clean. If you have an ostrich feather duster, you can use it to keep your blinds dust free. Alternatively, you can vacuum your vertical blinds or wipe over them with a warm damp cloth.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds can be time-consuming to clean if you leave them to gather dust for months or years! To keep them in top condition, go over all the slats regularly with an ostrich feather duster.

Roller Blinds

If your roller blind would benefit from a clean, unroll it fully and wipe the whole surface gently with a warm damp cloth. Dab, rather than scrub and allow the blind to dry fully before rolling up again.

Roman Blinds

Most roman blind fabrics are dry clean only. To help keep the fabric fresh, vacuum the blinds to remove any dust and debris. You can also wipe the blind gently with a warm damp cloth, working carefully to avoid damaging the material.

Pleated Blinds

Use an ostrich feather duster and wipe with a warm damp cloth. Pleated blinds can gather lots of dust over time. Stop this happening by using an ostrich feather duster to go over the blinds every so often, and wipe down with a warm damp cloth. If you would like to arrange a FREE quote contact us on 07854185628 or email [email protected]

Check out www.expressessexblinds.co.uk


Choose between shutters and blinds

A choice with lots of pros and cons

If you have come far enough to be deciding between shutters and blinds, we are pleased that you have left behind any thoughts of curtains and other window coverings!

We’ll be covering this design and style choice in a number of articles and stories. You can start off here but try and read our in-depth reviews as well.

Budget and design choice for shutters or blinds

There is a lot to say between the two – shutters and blinds. On the whole you will be paying more for shutters, particularly if you source high quality wooden plantation shutters rather than cheaper MDF shutters. The quality of finish will vary between shutter company products, however on the whole you will want to find shutters which are very durable and solid which is often the case as they are fixed either directly to your window frame or the walls surrounding depending on how your room allows the shutter installation. Whichever choice you make it is important to make sure that your windows themselves are in good repair and will work with your choice of blinds or shutters.

Blinds – what the low down?

How much and what style?

Blinds will as said tend to be cheaper. You could expect to pay a lot less for really cheap blinds, but for the purposes of comparison here we’ll assume you want something of quality!

One thing is for sure. There are many more blinds companies to choose from than shutters companies. There are a host of ranges available from mostout as Venetian blinds, wooden blinds, vertical blinds, roman blinds and so many more!

You will have fabric choices and wood choices. Whilst many companies supply excellent quality blinds, on the whole they will not be as durable as shutters as there will be more movement in a blind and its mechanism for raising or lowering. Like anything which moves a lot there will be the chance of more wear and tear. That said you will still be able to find blinds at a very reasonable cost which should last for years to come. As there are so many examples of blinds please read our blinds section on more specific pricing – however you could expect to pay from £30 – £120 per square meter for wooden blinds, and anything from £10 upwards for various other blinds.

It is definitely person taste for shutters or blinds

If you want your property to really stand out with superb quality window coverings, stylish and contemporary shutters are still a rarer site at this stage. Blinds can create beautiful clean lines in any interior, but with so many blinds available from the huge super stores off the shelf, make sure you look carefully if you want a really stylish product.

We definitely recommend reading through our specific shutter pages and blinds pages (www.expressessexblinds.co.uk) so you can make the right informed decision about whether to choose between shutters or blinds!