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Have you ever wondered the difference between fabric, metal, and aluminum blinds? Well, there are major differences between these materials that may make you reconsider which one you would like in your own home. Consider paying special attention to lighting, durability, and longevity when it comes to shopping for blinds.

          Let’s talk about the differences between the materials. Fabrics are a common choice in households. Fabrics typically come in silk, cotton, polyester, and wool. Sheer fabrics softly diffuse the light and offer full privacy. These blinds are usually made in one piece without open spaces between slats. This makes them more effective at insulation and blocking out sunlight. The cons of using fabric blinds are that they are a hassle to maintain because of all the dust that gets trapped between the folds. The fabric will take on all the moisture in the room as well as kitchen cooking odors, which increases upkeep and maintenance. Most concerning of all, while there is the ability to block light completely, there is the downside of not having full light control.

          Metal and Aluminum blinds are quite the opposite of fabric blinds. In fact, there are multiple benefits to having this material blind. Metal or aluminum blinds are exceptionally durable. Blinds made of aluminum are made of stronger material compared to vinyl blinds making them stronger and less likely to break. Aluminum blinds are energy efficient and allow maximum light control. They effectively reflect the sun’s heat and tend to make your interior cooler during the summer months. Metal and aluminum blinds are rust-resistant and do not require much maintenance. Lastly, the disadvantages of these two styles are that they are not as luxurious as fabric blinds and sometimes look shabby. They may also be a hazard for small kids or pets because of their sharp edges.