Mini blinds are great for when it comes to dispersing light throughout a room, it gives the end user the ability to deflect glare while keeping some of the natural light in the room. Light will hit at the top of slat, then bounces of the ceiling and it spreads throughout the room. This type of treatment is also very inexpensive and is attractive for homeowners.
The big problem with mini blinds is they are difficult to repair and require a considerable amount of maintenance. Keeping them dust free can seem like an ongoing battle, they also need complete replacement when they are really dirty or brittle. Mini blinds hold little-to-no insulating properties, which means you won’t see a difference in your utility bills year round.
|Insulation||Has little to no insulting properties, which means warm and cool air is lost.||Keep heat and cool air in the room. Acts almost like a blanket and helps you save on utility bill year round.|
|Light Control||Light control is achieved by tilting the slats to minimize or maximize light coming into the room. Complete blackout is rarely achieved and this treatment doesn’t handle glare particularly well.||This type of window treatment gives you total control over the light depending on what fabric and add-ons you select. UV rays are also blocked, which helps protect your furniture.|
|Cleanability||Can be washed, however, this treatment needs frequent washing.||Dust resistant can be vacuumed and washed (light filtering can be soaked).|
|Installation||Has side mounted brackets that need careful location.||Very easy to install. Most shades need 2 brackets and minimal effort for positioning.|
|Hardware||Plastic brackets that become brittle over time.||High quality stainless steel brackets.|
|Ideal Use||Work well for interior windows and office privacy.||All interior windows. Perfect for privacy control, insulation and total light control.|
|Shade Operation||Has a tilt wand and angle slats and a pull cord to both raise and lower slats.||Comes in cordless, corded, and heavy duty cord loop options. Top Down Bottom Up option also available.|
|Shade Stack||It all depends on the material and blind configuration.||2-4” (rail and fabric)|
|Durability||Most mini blinds are designed to be replaced in less than 5 years.||Fabric is designed to last an excess of 15+ years.|
|Warranty||Depends on the retailer, most mini blinds come with a 1-3 year warranty.||10 Year Warranty|
Symphony cellular shades! They are low maintenance and virtually pay for themselves due to their energy efficient capabilities.