Vinyl blinds and PVC faux wood blinds both offer functional, decorative window coverings for the office and home. Home improvement stores and blind outlets offer vinyl and PVC blinds as in-stock merchandise and as special orders. While the names vinyl and PVC may be easily confused and even make you think of the same type of blind, there are major differences between the two.

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PVC and vinyl blinds can be used in homes and offices.

Slat Size

The term vinyl blind is most often associated with the 1-inch mini blind, which many home improvement and blind stores stock on their shelves. Those who want a larger slat size can special order 1 3/8-inch vinyl, 2-inch vinyl and 2½-inch vinyl blinds and may even find some 2-inch vinyl options in stores. PVC blinds, or faux wood blinds, are 2-inch blinds made to resemble wood. These blinds can be found in stores and also special ordered to offer more color options and slat styles.

Colors

Retailers sell in-stock 1-inch mini blinds in alabaster and a standard white. If you want more color diversity with the 1-inch vinyl blind, special-order companies offer a larger variety of colors including shades of whites, grays, pinks and blues. Home improvement stores and blind outlets stock 2-inch PVC faux wood blinds in white and alabaster. You can special order other colors of PVC blinds; however, the choices pale in comparison with other special-order window blinds. Different shades of white, alabaster and wood colors offer more color variety for the PVC blind.

Light-Blocking Abilities

Many vinyl blinds do not block light from a room but rather diffuse and filter the light, leaving the room less bright. PVC blinds block more light than vinyl blinds because the slats of the blind are thicker. Many blind companies also offer a light-blocking PVC blind, which places the route holes to the back of the slat instead of in the slat's center, blocking additional light.

Features

While vinyl blinds offer functionality, few extra options exist with vinyl blinds. PVC blind manufacturers, however, offer options for their faux wood blinds that offer functionality and attractiveness. Homeowners can use a remote control on some PVC blinds that will tilt their slats opened and closed. Another option provided on PVC blinds allows the blind to be raised and lowered by simply pushing up or pulling down on the bottom rail of the blind.