Apr29 What Timber Window Coverings Have to Offer
Today’s homeowners have a huge variety of window treatments from which to choose when they are decorating their properties. Whilst the increase in choice that has occurred over the last few decades is most definitely a positive development, it does mean that people living in the 21st century need to put a little more effort into the task of choosing appropriate window treatments for their homes than did those who lived in previous centuries. Curtains are no longer the obvious default window dressing for residential properties as far as many demographics are concerned, with blinds and shutters increasing in popularity all the time.
If you are interested in transforming your home by fitting quality blinds or shutters, there are a number of factors you should consider. The most important of these, as far as we are concerned, relates to the type of material from which your new blinds or shutters will be made. Do you want to have fabric, ABS polymer, MDF or solid timber window treatments in your home? Below, we make the case for timber, listing 6 reasons why we believe that it is an excellent choice for homeowners in Perth and across Western Australia.
Why Choose Timber Blinds?
As wood is clearly king when it comes to both interior and exterior shutters, we are going to focus our attention on custom made blinds: specifically, what do timber blinds have to offer that plastic, MDF and fabric blinds do not?
Low Maintenance – In comparison to other types of blinds, it takes very little effort to keep wooden window treatments looking and functioning as they should. A light dusting every now and then, combined with the occasional wipe down with a damp cloth whenever they start to look a little grimy, is all that is needed in the vast majority of cases. Wooden window treatments are manufactured from solid timber, so you can use any products that you would when doing commercial cleaning on the wooden furniture in your home. You can choose blinds made from wooden slats with a dust-resistant coating if you want to minimise the amount of maintenance required.
Positive Effect on the Value of Your Home – While curtains and fabric blinds are usually taken down by the existing owners when a property is sold, wooden window coverings are normally made specifically for individual windows, which means they are often left behind for the new owners to enjoy. In terms of resale value, this gives timber blinds a significant advantage: if you would like to recoup as much of your investment as possible should you decide to move at some point in the future, timber is clearly the best choice.
Lightweight Construction – Contrary to popular opinion, solid timber blinds are actually significantly lighter than their MDF equivalents in many cases, which makes them an excellent choice for those whose top priority is durability. If you would like to make sure that you choose the lightest type of timber blinds available, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice whenever convenient.
Aesthetics – While the subject of visual appeal is, by its very nature, somewhat subjective, very few people would dispute the contention that solid timber has a natural beauty that most other materials simply cannot match. If you would like to maximise the visual impact that your new window coverings have on your home’s interior and exterior, we think that you should probably place wooden window treatments at the top of your shopping list.
Privacy – One of the biggest reasons for the rise in popularity of blinds at the expense of curtains is the fact they make it much easier for people to shut out the outside world whenever they wish. If maximum privacy is important to you, timber blinds are the obvious choice owing to the tight fit between slats that can be achieved with high quality wood. Furthermore, although they are light compared to synthetic woods, solid timber slats have enough weight to stay put when you turn your fans on, maintaining your privacy at all times.
Protection from Outside Heat – Whether you choose to close them completely or leave them slightly open, the slats in wooden blinds will stop the rays of the sun in their tracks, keeping your house much cooler in the summer. As an added bonus, they will also help to prevent your home or office furniture from fading over the years due to UV light exposure.
If you would like to find out more about timber blinds and shutters, and what they have to offer you, please feel free to get in touch with us and we will be happy to answer all your questions.