Second, it is critical to compare the materials used to construct the blind. Many faux wood blind slats are made of PVC, and as time goes on the PVC can weaken, discolor, or even warp. "Builder's grade" blinds are made with cheap PVC and we have seen them warp the same summer they are installed due to Oklahoma's scorching summer sun. It is also critical to take a peek into the head rail of the blinds you are comparing. Blinds sold on the shelf in the "big box stores" are often times made with a plastic head rail, plastic tumblers (the mechanism that tilts the shade), and plastic valance clips. Over time, the heat from the sun causes all of that plastic to weaken and become brittle. The blinds we sell are manufactured with a steel or aluminum head rail, metal tumblers, and many of the valances attach with a magnet.
Many of the blinds we sell and install are manufactured right here in the United States (Florida and Texas mainly). Just like any product, you can always find a cheaper, inferior quality product that is manufactured in China or other areas off shore. We greatly value all of the working relationships we have with our manufacturers, as well as appreciate the ability to call our vendors and talk to a real, live person. This secures jobs for other American businesses, as well as helps us to provide better customer service to our Oklahoma customers. If we do not know the answer to one of our customers' questions, we can quickly call the manufacturer and get our customers an answer quickly. There have been many times we've gotten an answer right there in our customers' living room. We don't believe you can get that kind of customer support any where else.