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Finding Functional Windows

When I decided to upgrade my house, I realized that it might be wise to invest in high-end windows. In my first home, I bought cheap windows, which created drafts and made it hard to clean. Fortunately, by the time I became a second-time homeowner, I knew what to look for. I looked for windows with ultra violet light protection, tilt and swing cleaning features, and a hydrophobic coating that would repel water. You wouldn't believe the difference it made. Check out this website to learn more about windows and the features that can simplify your life each and every day.

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Four Benefits Of Using Wood Blinds Over Vinyl

Vinyl blinds are often the cheapest window covering you can buy. They are also the plainest and least decorative. If you have not considered wood blinds before now, you should. Here are four benefits wood blinds have over vinyl ones.

Wood Blinds Last Longer

Vinyl blinds crack, break, and fall from the string system that moves them up and down. Wood blinds are denser, heavier, and take a very long time to crack and break (unless someone intentionally tries to break each plank). As such, you will not have to replace your wood blinds for well over a decade, a comparable savings when compared to replacing vinyl blinds two to four times as often in the same period.

You Can Match Wood Blinds to the Furniture and Wood Trim in a Room

While it is true that you can get vinyl blinds in several colors, you cannot get them to match the wood trim in a room. You cannot get vinyl blinds to match your wood furniture either. When you choose wood blinds, there are many stains and finishes available to match and highlight everything else that is wood in your home.

If you have dark cherry furniture, you can highlight the furniture by hanging dark cherry blinds. If you have warm oak trim around your windows and doorways, you can get blinds to match. The aesthetics of doing so makes a room look pulled together, not haphazardly slapped together.

Wood Blinds Block Sunlight and Radiate Heat

Wood naturally absorbs sunlight and radiates it outward. In the winter, this helps reduce your heating bills by blocking cold drafts and releasing heat around the windows. In summer, you can put the blinds down to block the sun, and keep your home cool while the heat stays close to the windows where it can escape.

Maximum Privacy

The naturally dense fibers of wood blinds also keep prying eyes from peering into your home, giving you the maximum amount of privacy you crave. The wood slats overlap too, so that there is no way anyone can see in or out. This makes wood blinds especially desirable in bedrooms and bathrooms, where you would want the most privacy in your home.

How to Get Your Wood Blinds

Most retail outlets sell blinds. If you cannot find wood blinds you like, try a specialty store that sells only window coverings. They will either sell what you want, or be able to order what you like.