Blinds Overview Part 1
In this first of three articles focusing on the most common topics associated with window blinds, we wanted to focus on price and efficiency. When it comes to window treatments, blinds are among the most popular option in that they look great, work with any room decor, are generally affordable, and come in so many choices. Therefore, if you are looking for a way to update or enhance your home, you can never go wrong choosing blinds.
One of the first things you will need to do is set a budget on what you want to spend for your new blinds. Depending on the manufacturer, size, style, and material, blinds can be expensive. However, you will also find a large selection of blinds that are very affordable. Once you know the amount of money you can spend on window treatments, you can then narrow your options down. Obviously, as with anything, you could spend a fortune but keep in mind quality and beautiful blinds do not have to break the bank.
If you find yourself on a tight budget, consider going with one-inch aluminum mini-blinds. This particular style of blinds not only looks nice but also, they are a great choice for a high level of privacy and light control. Because mini-blinds have smaller slats, they look great in kitchens, nurseries, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Then the aluminum is a great material, being strong and durable.
The flip side to the one-inch mini-blind would be blinds made from wood or vinyl and with a two-inch slat. Typically, these blinds are more expensive but they also offer more years of service. Wood is a favorite choice but it is also the most expensive material. In addition, wood may not be he best choice, even though it costs more. For instance, if you want to install blinds in the kitchen or bathroom, rooms with higher levels of humidity, wood can peel, warp, or rot whereas aluminum would hold up much better. In this situation, the less expensive option is the better option. However, other materials to consider include steel, faux wood, and fabric.
As far as efficiency, you want blinds that will help block out the sun's UV rays, keeping the room cool in the summer and insulate in the winter so warm air does not escape. Unfortunately, most homes on the market today have poorly insulated windows. That means each time you pay your monthly utility bill you are throwing away money. However, if you want to lower the cost to heat or cool your home, the right type of blinds can cut bills up to 30%. While there are a number of excellent options to consider, one of the best is bamboo, which looks beautiful while making your home more energy efficient.