What Is the Difference Between Aluminum & Vinyl Blinds?

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What Is the Difference Between Aluminum & Vinyl Blinds?
Vinyl and aluminium blinds come in a variety of slat sizes. (Dynamic Graphics Group/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

Aluminium and vinyl blinds both provide style, privacy and value for the homeowner. While aluminium blinds are generally more expensive than vinyl blinds, both window-covering options are less expensive than various other window blind varieties. Many speciality blind stores and home improvement stores cut both vinyl and aluminium blinds to fit while the customer waits.


Blind companies manufacture aluminium mini blinds slats in 6-gauge, 8-gauge and even 9-gauge thicknesses, and the higher the gauge, the more durable the blind. While aluminium mini blinds can be bent or crinkled, vinyl mini blinds cannot. However, vinyl blinds normally do not hold up as well as aluminium over an extended period.

Slat sizes

Aluminium mini blinds come in a variety of slat sizes, including the 1/2-inch micro mini blind, the 1-inch standard mini blind, the 1 3/8-inch mini blind and the 2-inch macro blind. Vinyl mini blinds offer far less variety in slat sizes. Consumers may choose between the 1-inch standard mini blind and a wider 2-inch vinyl blind.

Colour Options

Most retailers stock vinyl and aluminium blinds in white and alabaster colours only. More options exist for both types of blinds when special ordering, with a larger amount of colour options offered for aluminium blinds, including metallic finishes.

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