Choosing between Aluminum, Vinyl, Wood or Fabric Blinds

Modern window treatments are available in a variety of different materials that have their own respective advantages and disadvantages. Some of the most common window treatment materials include aluminum, vinyl, wood or fabric. Designer Accents at Home sells Hunter Douglas window treatments in a variety of materials to fit your needs. Our design team can work with you to find the best window treatment materials in Beachwood, Cleveland and the surrounding areas in Ohio.

Aluminum Blinds

Aluminum has been used for window treatments for many years. This fashionable material has been upgraded significantly from the older, unsightly versions.

  • Advantages: There are many advantages to choosing aluminum for your window treatments, but one of the biggest advantages is the low cost. Additionally, aluminum blinds are very durable, especially if you buy blinds made from high quality aluminum. Aluminum is also resistant to moisture, which makes them an ideal choice for bathrooms or kitchens. Finally, aluminum window treatments are available in many different colors.
  • Disadvantages: While the aluminum can be durable if it is high quality, it can also be susceptible to bending or breaking if low quality aluminum with thinner vanes is used. Also, since aluminum is a metal, aluminum window treatments are noisy when being raised or lowered or when blowing in the wind.

Vinyl Blinds

Vinyl is a lightweight window treatment material that provides a modern look in almost any home.

  • Advantages: Vinyl is a flexible material, so it is resistant to bending and cracking, which makes it a great option for homes with children or pets. This material is also resistant to moisture and high heat, so it works well in kitchens or bathrooms. Additionally, vinyl is a very cost effective window treatment option. Vinyl window treatments can also be customized with a variety of colors or textures to match your home’s décor.
  • Disadvantages: The biggest disadvantage of the vinyl material is that it has a tendency to absorb the heat from the sun, so the room does not stay as cool as it could with other window treatment materials. Additionally, vinyl is not as durable as other blinds, such as aluminum blinds.

Wood Blinds

Wood is typically utilized for wooden blinds or wooden shutters that consist of slats that can be raised, lowered or rotated to adjust the amount of sunlight and privacy.

  • Advantages: Using wood as a window treatment material is an easy way to add elegance to your home because of the classic look wood provides. Apart from providing a nice look in your home, wood window treatments are also a great option for blocking out light or for increased privacy because they are a solid material. Additionally, wood window treatments can be painted or stained to match the current décor of your home. They can also be repainted or re-stained if you decide to redecorate the room.
  • Disadvantages: Since wood is a natural material, wood window treatments are vulnerable to moisture and humidity, which can cause the material to warp. Also, compared to other materials, wood is more likely to attract dust and dirt particles, so it requires more frequent cleaning without the proper finish.

Fabric Blinds

Fabric window treatments, like our vertical blinds are designed from high quality, customizable fabrics to match your home’s décor.

  • Advantages: Fabric vertical blinds are versatile because they can filter light into the room or they can completely block light depending on whether they are opened or closed. Additionally, they are available in many different widths including our dramatic Skyline® Gliding Window Panels which boast a 17” slat size. Fabric window treatments are also available in many different fabrics, colors or patterns to fit in perfectly with your home’s décor.
  • Disadvantages: A big disadvantage of using is a fabric material is that it may not be as durable as wood or aluminum. Cleaning fabrics can be more difficult so they are often treated with stain and dust resistant properties.

Designer Accents at Home offer a variety of horizontal and vertical blinds. We proudly serve Greater Cleveland, including the following communities: Gates Mills, Shaker Heights, Beachwood, Lyndhurst, Pepper Pike, Moreland Hills, Solon, Cleveland Heights, University Heights, Orange Village, Fairlawn, Stow, Streetsboro, Aurora, Hudson, Twinsburg and Montrose.