Many misinformed salespeople have convinced customers that real wood doesn’t work well here in Colorado because of our altitude and that wood slats are more prone to warp. This is simply not the case. I have been selling wood blinds here in Colorado Springs for almost 25 years and rarely have I experiences problems with warped slats. Faux blinds on the other hand have been an issue for manufacturers at this altitude. Although the synthetic composition of the faux slats is getting better all the time (in terms of UV inhibitors), faux blinds have a much greater probability of yellowing or discoloring at this altitude than real wood blinds.
It’s not the altitude which causes wood slats to warp; it’s the moisture. With Colorado’s dry climate, warping is just not an issue here as it is in climates with higher moisture content (e.g. Florida, Georgia). It’s only in these climates where faux blinds have an advantage.
So what is the advantage of faux-wood blinds? For one, they cost less. This is truly the real selling point of faux. Second, faux blinds are basically waterproof. They are great for bathrooms or hot tub rooms or maybe over a kitchen sink. But please remember that they are heavy to lift and require more cords in your blinds for support.