Among the many choices in life, selecting vertical blinds seems like a very low priority. However, to retain this level of low importance, one should make the decision correctly. To make this right decision, first know among the options to select. There are three reasons one would want to install vertical blinds. First, they function as part of your home’s decor, providing additional beauty and interest to a fairly large area of the room in question. Second, they function as added privacy and they preserve the intimacy of your home and shield your belongings. Third, they keep sunlight from shining through the window thereby reducing heat entering the room.
Comfort in the home is affected by excess heat and so, vertical blinds that prevent heat in the first place are preferable to trying to reduce the temperature inside the house by spending money on fans, air conditioners and the like. While the vinyl blinds industry touts their products, one should know that blinds made from polyester woven fabric consistently outperform the PVC based vertical louvers when it comes to inhibiting sunlight and heat which reach the window panels. PVC-based blinds, while blocking light and promoting privacy, still allow much unwanted heat through. Consequently, additional air conditioning or other ventilation may be necessary. Besides the heat entering the room, the harmful effects of excess ultraviolet light, or UV light, are often disregarded.
Vertical blinds made from polyester fabric do a better job of reducing the amount of ultra violet light entering the room and are not prone to damage by the UV light, compared with PVC vertical blinds, even if such PVC blinds sport an additional anti-UV layer. Polyester blinds with woven fabric are also better than ones made with PVC because they are a lot more flexible than plastic. This flexibility allows the blinds to stretch sideways or up and down without any damage to the blinds themselves.
The material the blinds are constructed from will not buckle or become distorted. Even with continuous use it will maintain the same flush fit it did when new. In this day and age we must pay serious heed to the environmental consequences of all materials used in the home.
When discarded blinds made from PVC are burned, hydrochloric acid is released into atmosphere, which is highly corrosive and harmful. Indeed, the damaging and harmful acid rains are caused by hydrochloric acid. It is already well known that PVC based items are more detrimental to the environment over time than woven fabrics. Vertical blinds made from woven fabrics are therefore increasingly friendly towards the environment when they are disposed of after use.
Finally, woven fabric blinds weigh less than blinds made from PVC. Although the difference in weight may seem trivial when operating the blind, the greater mass ensures the blind will hang straight, and not clatter or flap in the breeze. Vertical blinds look different because they have this additional weight.
It can definitely be said, in conclusion, that vertical blinds made from fabric, especially polyester fabric, are much better than blinds made of PVC. The ability to assist in insulation, noise control and beauty are never paralleled by PVC. The distinction, in fact, is so great that PVC vertical blinds manufacturers try to simulate the look and performance of fabric vertical blinds. Nevertheless, vertical blinds made from PVC still will not be fabric comprised, and will only simulate. However, when the premium PVC starts to get to be very fabric-like, at that point, the benefits of price savings will disappear, and the cost of these PVC vertical blinds will eclipse the price of fabric vertical blinds.