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Venetian blinds are without a doubt the most popular window blinds for home or office use. Many home and business owners favour venetian blinds because of the aesthetic value it adds to a room or office. Venetian blinds are made from different materials with the favourites being aluminium, wood and pvc.

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One of the best reasons to use venetian blinds is control of light. You can decide how much light you need to enter into a room by simply pulling the control cords. Of course this also allows you to control the privacy.

Venetian Blind Slat Sizes

The slats of the blinds can vary in size. Popular slat widths are 16mm, 25mm, 35mm and 50mm. The slats are made from eight gauge aluminum that is tested for strength and durability. The blinds are also provided with crash proof cord locks, baked on enamel finish and are known for the ease of light control and privacy.

Metallic Finish For Venetian Blinds

The metallic finish of the Venetian blinds is breathtaking. Blinds range from brushed aluminium, silver, mirror and chrome to deep and vivid colours and patterns. Perforated slats that are intricately positioned are used to create patterns of light and shade in the room. Metal Venetian blinds are also created to give a wood effect. The material comes in five shades and is available in 25 mm and 50 mm slating widths.

Venetian Blinds Cord Control System

Venetian blinds are controlled by a cord system. Each blind has a cord to raise the blind and a nylon tilt wand which can be twisted to tilt the slats. The mono commando system is a gear operated system which is controlled by a chain. When the chain is pulled one way, the blind will be lowered. When it pulled the other way, the slats will be tilted and the blind will be raised. It is a finer control system than the cord system as it a single system, that help raise or lower the blind.

Some blinds come with an electrical system. The electrical system can be battery operated or power operated. The battery operated version of the electrical blind is cheaper than the power one. It also has the advantage of having no transformers and wires to conceal. The battery tilt only version has a remote control unit that is powered by a battery that is hidden behind the blind. The remote handset can be used to tilt the slats. Raising and lowering the blind is manual.Venetian blinds that have a full electric power allow lowering/raising and tilting of the blind using the remote control or switch.

Maintenance of Venetian Blinds

Maintenance of metal Venetian blinds is easy. However, care must be taken while handling metal Venetian blinds that are painted. Care must be taken to ensure that the slats do not slap and bang against each other causing the paint to chip. Chipped or scratched slats will be exposed to corrosive elements and moisture and this will reduce the life of the product.

Wood Venetian Blinds

Wood Venetian blinds have been in use longer than the other types of blinds which really accounts for something. Their everlasting beauty ensures they are ranked pretty high on the ladder of preferable window treatments and they can be incorporated into any interior design. The almost limitless colour palette ranging from the natural colours of different woods to the vibrant, lively colours makes them very useful for decorative purposes. With new technologies, the problem of warping wood is solved by applying waterproof coating over the surface thus making them more moisture resistant. The above mentioned qualities of the wood blinds make them also more expensive than the other blinds but their durability makes them a choice worth paying for.

Faux wood Venetian Blinds

Faux wood Venetian blinds resemble wood blinds and their natural look; in addition they have become a solid, less expensive replacement for the real wood ones. The combination of wood and PVC increases their waterproof quality making them applicable in places with increased humidity and condensation levels. They are also available in a variety of colours (however, the overall look is somewhat different from the one of the real wood blinds) and they possess a very high decorative value.

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