Melt #1 - Arizona snowbird, one who lives in Arizona during the winter and returns to Minnesota, or some point north, for late Spring through early Fall. In this case, a snowbird closed up their house for the summer and decided to cut Styrofoam to fit each window - to control the heat inside the house. This process trapped the faux wood blind between the window and the Styrofoam. When they got back the following Fall, they found their blinds severely bend and twisted. Temperatures in their window pocket probably exceeded 200 degrees. Time for some new blinds.
Melt #2 - In another instance, some folks shut down their house for an extended vacation and did not leave any A/C running. It is not a good idea to let your house reach over 100 degrees on the inside. It is not good for your belongings or your house - and the window coverings are no exception. Leave you A/C set to 90 or 100 just to keep your personal affects from being ruined when gone for an extended vacation. Upon return, they found faux wood slats warped on several of the hottest windows.
Melt #3 - Foreclosures - No power and high heat equals twisted faux wood. They are guaranteed up to about 140 degrees. We have seen them survive up to 180 degrees - but after that expect warping, twisting and some of the most bizarre waves you can imagine. We have seen bunches of foreclosures with warped faux woods.
Melt #4 - Cleaning - Many online blogs will recommend cleaning your faux wood blinds in the tub or with a hose and then leaving them in the sun to dry. If you do that in a place like Arizona, where direct sunlight will cook an egg on the street, you can bet that your blinds will be melted. In fact, we have to be careful transporting faux woods in our pick-up trucks to ensure that they do not get too much direct sun on the way to the customer's home.
If you are mindful, faux wood blinds are a beautiful and affordable solution for your windows. But do be aware, extreme heat will return the PVC to its original molten form - it is what makes PVC products recyclable - just melt down and reform into something else.
We would love to work with you on your faux wood blind project. And, for a quick price estimate check out our online faux wood blind calculator.