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Binds and shades Omaha NE Frequently Asked Questions

The first thing to remember is that the word faux means "false" or "fake".  That then tells us that "faux wood" means fake or imitation wood. In many things, fake could be undesirable.  But, in window blinds it has quickly become something to be desired and that has made them a hot seller.  At the same time, it has reduced the cost.


Real wood is beautiful just like fine furniture. It's the first choice of those wanting to stick with the "real thing".  But, window blinds serve the purpose of blocking harmful UV rays, sometimes dampness, and the general ravages of burning sunlight.  For those reasons, real wood blinds take a terrible beating on the window in some installations.


Several years ago, technology was developed that allowed manufacturers to design slats for blinds that looked like wood, but that were actually a plastic composite.  Different manufacturers use slightly different formulations for their composites.  Within a short time, the state-of-the-art in faux wood became very sophisticated and the appearance choices became exciting.


What does this development mean? It means faux wood blinds are moisture resistant, warp resistant, fade resistant, and peeling resistant, yet they look like real wood.


Now you have your choice of products.  The beauty and elegance of real wood blinds, also known as "natural wood", or you can have the new faux wood blinds made of the industry's newest materials. Kathie Johnson Draperies and Blinds sells the best of each of these two types.

Faux Wood Blinds, Real Wood Blinds, What’s The Difference?

What’s The Most Energy Efficient Choice in Window Coverings?

We Have Pets and Small Children, What Can We Do About the Strings and Cords?

Many homeowners are very concerned about maximum energy efficiency when selecting window covering products. So, what's most effective?


The hands down winner is the honeycomb/cellular shade.  It stands to reason that a blind with an air pocket built into the design is going to do a great job with either heat or cold.


The light filtering fabric choices also do a good job of letting light through while insulating against heat or cold, plus stopping most UV light.  This can reduce the need for higher levels of interior lighting while the room is being protected from the ravages of nature.


Window coverings can do much more than just "be pretty" or protect your privacy.  They can also increase the energy efficiency of your home.                                                                                                                          

Tremendous advancements have been made in eliminating, or shortening the cords on window coverings.


Safety is one big reason.  No cords, no cord loops, no strings for children and pets to become tangled in.


At the same time, appearance is improved dramatically.  Cords looked just fine until we discovered we could have blinds and shades without them.  Once you've seen window coverings without "strings", you never want to see them again if they can be avoided, or reduced in length.


From a safety standpoint, some manufactures solutions are as simple as break-away tassels on the ends of existing cords. It's a simple feature, but it eliminates the potential for a child getting caught in a loop.  Pay particular attention to the safety aspect of cords when choosing blinds for a child's room.


Consider the "cordless" option wherever you can for the added appearance and safety.  You'll be happy you did.

Contact:   402-333-4247        deane@kathiejohnson.com