Window Blinds for Wood Windows
October 11, 2010
The Good Old Days
Window blinds for wood windows have been around as long as windows themselves. Long before present-day improvements in energy savings, the unwanted flow of heat and radiation was cause for concern. Blinds and shades were your best bet to keep the heat out in the summer and in during the winter, but only to a degree. Manipulating blinds and windows was an early form of air conditioning.
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So which blinds go well with wood windows? Nowadays the answer is, "Whatever looks good and/or tickles your fancy." Light "enhancement" rather than "control" plays a commanding role. Modern energy-saving methods handle heat and radiation via special glass and coatings. Beauty and design sophistication have a bigger say in materials and orientation of blinds. There's wood, synthetic wood, vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass arranged in vertical and horizontal arrays. The component slats add charm as well. Slats and wood frames can be painted, shaped, repaired, replaced and recover from puncture wounds.
Whether you install with minimal space within the window opening or with elegant valances, wood windows offer a friendly and compatible medium for installing blinds.
Wood windows were also the original platform for between-the-windows blinds where space is minimized along with allergens that live in dust. The actual blinds live within the panes of a double pane window.
Standard prices run $40-$120 depending on size for normal blinds while $200-$300 covers between-the-windows blinds. As always, smart shopping will reveal the best prices.