How Does Faux Wood Compare to Genuine Wood?

Parkland® Wood Blinds – Everwood® Alternative Wood Blinds

If you’ve been considering blinds or shutters, you’re probably aware that you can find them made of different sorts of materials. Two of the most popular are genuine wood and faux wood. At Blinds & Designs here in San Francisco, we’re often asked which one is better. In truth, one isn’t necessarily better than the other, but it might present benefits that you’d prefer. Read on to learn more!


Of course, each product is constructed similarly, created with slats that are suspended by string “ladders.” You can choose from different slat sizes in either product line, and both products will work well with a variety of décor styles—they can blend with traditional, contemporary, and retro looks. Plus both genuine and faux wood will enhance the overall aesthetic of a room, sometimes even increasing the value of a home.

Products With Genuine Wood

Genuine wood—used in products such as Hunter Douglas Heritance® Hardwood Shutters and Parkland® Wood Blinds—offers unique characteristics that can appeal to people who want a one-of-a-kind look. With the Heritance Handcrafted Series, several different finishing techniques help highlight the unique aspects of the wood, including wormholes, dents, cracks, and knots, helping your finished product look rustic yet elegant. With genuine wood, you can choose from numerous slat sizes and a variety of colors and stains to match your overall look. However, although it has numerous benefits, genuine wood also comes with some drawbacks. For example, genuine wood can warp in areas of high moisture, and it’s about 30 percent more expensive than its faux counterpart.

Products With Faux Wood

Faux wood—found in products such as EverWood® Alternative Wood Blinds, Palm Beach™ Polysatin™ Shutters, and NewStyle® Hybrid Shutters—is durable and affordable. These products are more resistant to high moisture and UV rays—they won’t warp, crack, chip, peel, or bow. You can select from numerous colors and stains to coordinate with your décor, and these beauties will look just as good as the real thing—however, they cost less. That said, although it might seem like the best budgetary solution, faux wood might not be the right choice for you. It’s heavier than genuine wood, and not all faux wood products can be sized for larger window openings. Be sure to speak contact Blinds & Designs to see if faux wood is right for you.

Find Genuine and Faux Wood Treatments in Marin County

Blinds & Designs offers a full line of quality window treatments to homeowners and commercial clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Marin County areas, including Burlingame, Hillsborough, Atherton, and Los Altos. With an ongoing commitment to high quality products and exceptional service, we’ve been serving our communities for over 26 years.

Stop by our showrooms in San Francisco or Belvedere-Tiburon to see a variety of motorization displays in our showroom or call 415-921-4212 Ext 101 for more information.

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