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Aluminum vs. Vinyl Venetian Blinds - Top to Bottom Review

Posted On: 2013-02-22 23:34:11 ; Read: 3675 time(s)

by Mark Row

Metal Blinds Come in a Wide Variety of Contemporary Finishes                    Vinyl Blinds Offer Functionality and a Smaller Slat Size

Advantages and Disadvantages

Venetian window blinds offer numerous possibilities - they are the type of window treatments which has been in use for the longest period of time and it is ranked highly among other window coverings. However, different types of these blinds may meet your requirements more or less since they possess specific strengths and weaknesses. Aluminum and vinyl Venetian blinds are waterproof, easily installed and maintained but they differ in price, insulation properties and above all their visual appearance.

Aluminum (Metal) Venetian Blinds

Vinyl Venetian Blinds

Appearance

The offer of colours and finishes makes aluminum blinds adaptable to a large number of interior designs. Although aluminum itself is not a very eye pleasing material, the high quality production ensures the best possible look of this blinds’ type.

As opposed to the aluminum Venetians, vinyl Venetian blinds are offered in a limited spectre of colours and finishes. Provided that they come with wood grain over their surface, they can become a more elegant choice.

NOTE: There is a big difference between vinyl and faux wood blinds (PVC), people often confuse these two types of blinds. Read more about different Venetian window blinds materials.

Durability

Aluminum is a very durable and anti-corrosive material. Their slats are hard to break but also very easy to bend.

Scratches and stains are more visible on vinyl blinds. Although the slats are very firm and hard to bend, once they are pressured beyond their limit, they break easily. 

Energy Efficiency

Metal conducts heat very efficiently, however, this trait makes it less energy efficient than vinyl. It is susceptible to temperature changes, but it nicely reflects light.

Regarding the battle in energy efficiency between vinyl and aluminum Venetian blinds, vinyl blinds have similar  insulating properties, but being moisture resistant, they are valuable in places with high condensation levels.

Maintenance

Aluminum blinds are easily installed and cleaned. Since they do not weigh much, they can be easily transported or mounted on your window or the wall above it.

Vinyl blinds are as easy to maintain and install as the metal ones. It is desirable to dust off and vacuum the blinds occasionally or wipe the slats with damp cloth.

Price

When it comes to the difference in price between metal and vinyl Venetian blinds, aluminum ones are more expensive than the vinyl Venetians (depending on their quality of course, there are more or less expensive versions of this type of blinds).

Less expensive than metal blinds but that does not apply to their quality and performance.

Whichever choice you make, keep in mind a simple fact, the more you care the more you will get. The longevity of your blinds, as well as other things in life, depends on the energy and time you invest in their maintenance. Their quality is also a key factor which determines their strength and potential. Having considered and carefully reviewed the characteristics of each of the above mentioned kind of window blinds, you will be able to find the right blind just for you. If you rather pick both quality and a lower price tag, than buy aluminum blinds online and get the best of both worlds.


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