Wood Depot LLC
Arizona's Best Value in Custom Window Coverings

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Wooden Blinds as a Decorative Touch: Wooden blinds are an excellent choice for those seeking to create a more polished and refined look in their home. Although slightly more expensive than plastic blinds, wooden blinds, and the wonderful ambiance they add to a room, are more than worth the investment.  They help to create a warm atmosphere that is inviting to guests. Owners of wooden blinds typically find their homes to be more welcoming and cozy than they were before the addition of the blinds.

Seeking a cheaper alternative to wooden blinds, many consumers opt for composite or plastic blinds made to resemble wooden blinds. In the name of saving money, these consumers may not realize that they are not getting quite the bargain they hoped for. These blinds may provide a look similar to wooden blinds but do not match their elegance and quality feel. Not to mention, it becomes apparent on closer inspection that they are not authentic wooden blinds. Therefore, plastic blinds may be a logical and economical choice in some situations but should not be used as a substitute for wooden blinds.

Wood vs. Plastic?

Both materials can be successfully used in the manufacture of interior shutters and blinds, the decision as to which material used is based on the environment of the window shutters. The environmental factors that impact shutters in this decision are: heat and water.

Heat: Plastic is formed/shaped by heat.  The blown PVC used in most plastic shutter/blind components is formed at 160 degrees.  Likewise, as temperatures in a window approach 120 degrees, plastic can begin to lose its rigidity.  Hollow plastic slats or louvers begin to lose their beam strength (ability to span even short lengths – you would call this warping at temperatures as low as 120 degrees. 

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) or composite/wood alloy - marketing terms used by our trade - can lose significant beam strength starting at 120 degrees. At 140 degrees it is very pliable.  MDF is formed under pressure at approximately 140 degrees utilizing plastic resins, wax, and various materials.  These materials include wood fiber, scrap, recycled paper, bamboo, carbon fibers and polymers, steel, glass, forest thinning and sawmill off-cuts.

Moisture: This is generally much less a factor.  Wood as a tree is formed with water; a tree transports solids within itself by the movement of water.  As a result, wood can be reformed with moisture; either deliberately, as in the process of steam bending wood or the production of paper, or inadvertently by subjecting wood to standing water on your window sill or subjecting it to long periods of high humidity – neither are terribly likely in your home.  If so, you have greater problems than what may or may not be happening with your shutter.

Keep in mind; exterior storm or hurricane shutters, in use for generations, have historically been made from real wood.  Properly
sealed wood is an ideal base material and will last for a very, very long time.

warped plastic louver over straight basswood louver

Wood Depot LLC
(602) 345-1003  (480) 331-3130
5446 W. Roosevelt St. #112
Phoenix, AZ 85043