FAQ’S About Shutters in the Omaha, NE Area


Q1. What is the difference between real wood and faux wood shutters?

Omaha Blinds & Shutters have changed dramatically over the last ten years. A shutter that was purchased a decade ago is nowhere near the quality of today’s shutters. Today’s shutters also provide a wider array of choices in color, materials and options. Not only are the finishes of today far superior, the workmanship is nothing short of extraordinary.

Of the number of advantages faux wood shutters offer, cost is the primary benefit – the price tag is generally 25% less than real wood shutters. For most people, Faux wood plantation shutters look identical to real wood. When price and budget are your determining factor, however, faux wood is a sensible alternative. In addition, faux wood plantation shutters require less maintenance than wood. Many plastic and vinyl materials can last many years without showing wear.

Faux Wood shutters in Omaha, although at first glance the lower cost and easy maintenance will attract a buyer, when they are felt physically, the difference between the natural wood and vinyl causes many home owners to quickly have second thoughts. However, faux wood shutters are made with the same craftsmanship and quality as wood shutters, when examined side by side, there is a certain indescribable quality of wood that vinyl will never be able to duplicate. The difference can be too subtle for some to consider paying extra for, while those who want the highest quality and warmth of wood, real wood shutters is the best and only viable option.

Additionally, because faux wood shutters are made from PVC composites, they are not as versatile be matched to the existing trim in your Nebraska home. Faux wood cannot be stained – they can only be painted to match your desired color.

As you may know, Basswood is the best material for making wood shutters. Basswood, actually from the American Linden tree, is ideal for shutters for a number of reasons. Here are four basic reasons why we prefer Basswood shutters:

  1. Basswood is strong but it is also light
  2. Basswood has a grain that is uniform allowing a beautiful stain finish
  3. It is easy to glue and to finish
  4. Basswood trees are growing faster than they are being harvested
  5. Basswood does not warp

It makes a big difference whether the wood is quartersawn or ripped; quartersawn being far superior and, understandably, more expensive. It also makes a difference where the wood is kiln dried. The moisture content of the wood is critical to the finish and the stability of the product.

Lastly, many home owners will agree that the sheen and depth of character that real wood grain popping out of the louvers brings out is worth the extra price. However if you were planning on purchasing white or any other solid color interior shutter, then faux wood plantation shutters can be an excellent choice.

Q2. What is a Hybrid shutter?

Hybrid shutters are an evolutionary trend in shutters in Omaha. They combine the amazing style of wood with the strength, stability and straightness of advanced modern day materials. Hybrid Shutters provide the modern elegance of quality shutters at an economical price point.

The WoodLore from Norman Shutters is, I believe, the finest shutter in the world. WoodLore is a Hybrid shutter because it is an engineered wood that is then covered in polypropylene. Polypropylene is the coating found inside dishwashers and refrigerators. There are several excellent Hybrid shutters on the market today, as well as several solid Celuka materials available. Your consultant will be able to help determine which is best for your project.

Many styles of shutters are now made from polymer. The polymers are made abroad by GE and shipped here to America. The shutters are then made to order. This process does increase the cost, but it also cuts delivery time in half. Poly wood shutters do have some limitations such as colors and sizes. One of the most significant limitations to Faux Wood/PolyCore shutters is door width. Where wider doors exist, real wood or reinforced composite, which are lighter in weight, are a good option.

Another alternative to wider doors is a poly wood material with aluminum reinforcements. Poly Core. They also offer a good price point, they are a fantastic insulator, and are easy to clean. I have these shutters in my own home, and I was pleasantly surprised by how cool my home remains on hot days.

So, if you’re looking for a Omaha shutter with a fantastic stain or a well built composite shutter, there are several excellent choices with Hybrid shutters.

Q3. Are shutters “Made in China” a quality product?

Shutters made in China have excellent finishes, superior workmanship and are less expensive. Their delivery schedule ranges from six to eight weeks. Shutters made in America arrive generally within three to eight weeks and are manufactured in two distinct qualities. When the shutter is made from materials imported from China, the shutter is superior in every respect. However, when the shutter is milled and painted in the United States, the finish is consistently inferior – this is largely in part to EPA regulations. Also, the price is increased substantial due to the coats associated with doing business in the United States. Shutters constructed in Mexico are no better, taking three to eight weeks and cost the same as shutters made in America. Anecdotally, American made shutters I have seen are replete with flaws and imperfections.

Q4. What’s the difference between faux wood and real wood blinds?

Faux and composite wood blinds have come a long way in the past 10 years.

A faux wood purchased today is more stable, won’t discolor and is 30%-40% less expensive than real wood.

If you’re looking for a stained wood blind for your Nebraska home, they are now available in composite (faux) wood blinds. Many manufacturers offer composite wood tones that look great. One of the best benefits of faux wood blinds is the durability. You can leave your windows open without worrying about the blind becoming damaged. I suggest that your Omaha home windows never be left open with real wood blinds because they will warp and the finish will be damaged.

Today, 2” wood blinds now come with upgraded 3 ½ inch valances. The most popular upgrade is called a Top Hat. This is a process in which the blind is mounted inside and the valance looks like a little cornice box.

Wood blinds come in many colors and stains. They make any room warm and inviting.

Q5. What’s the scoop on blinds offered in large hardware stores?

In the Omaha window covering industry, there is a term used to denote blinds that are sold in large hardware stores – they are called cut-downs. Cut-downs are bought by the boatload as blanks and are kept in stock. The purchaser of these blanks are required to measure their own windows so that the blanks can be cut to the desired width. These cut blanks will then be ready for self-installation, which will then necessitate an additional cut to achieve the desired length.

Professional speaking, I have yet to see a quality product available from cut-downs purchased at the large chain stores. However, a few on-line blind companies do exist, which are now selling cut-downs that are of excellent quality. The downside, again, is that these cut-downs, quality or not, still require the home purchaser to meticulously measure, cut and install the cut-downs themselves. Should the measurement be off, or should they become damaged in any way during the installation, the purchaser is 100% responsible. Understandably, what cost savings that might have been realized from do-it-yourself, can evaporate quickly with even the slightest miscue.

Surprisingly enough, more often than not it is actually less expensive to hire a professional Omaha window covering consultant to manage the entire job. Not only does the professional offer an exceedingly wider selection of blinds, colors, and textures, they offer years of experience as to what product is best for the window being covered. They will ask questions the home buyer will never think to ask and advise the most appropriate materials. They’ll help the homeowner weigh such variables as the nature and use of room, the quality of light, direction of sunset/exposure, energy savings, and mood or feel desired. Not only will their knowledge and expertise prove to be invaluable, they take on the responsibility of measuring, cutting and installation. Not only will a professional window covering consultant save the homeowner both time and money, they insure the job is done right – the first time.

If you are looking for an Omaha shutters and blinds company then please call 402.215.4800 or complete our online request form.


Jannan SobotkaJannan Sobotka ★★★★★ Steve was very helpful in cutting downs blinds we had ordered, that didn't fit our new windows. They work greatmarian Hamesmarian Hames ★★★★★ I’ve worked with Steve on a few projects in my home. Great customer service and look forward to working with him in the future!!Michelle FrancisMichelle Francis ★★★★★ The team and product are awesome!T BoldtT Boldt ★★★★★ Barb NolteBarb Nolte ★★★★★ Madison was very easy to work with. Casey did a great job installing and giving instructions on remote control to open blinds. Blinds arrived in a timely manor. Would highly recommend this company.Diane DieckmanDiane Dieckman ★★★★★ Willing to help in a fix!!!Tyler JamesTyler James ★★★★★ We had the best experience with Kate as our design consultant. We love our new shades!Thomas SiedlikThomas Siedlik ★★★★★ They made the process as painless as possible. The consultant comes to your house with a bunch of styles and samples, and most importantly knowledge, so you can make selections based on your own lighting. They kept us informed throughout the order and installation scheduling process. And the installer was friendly, courteous, clean and quick. Great people to work with.Richard Mahoney (OPD-Retired)Richard Mahoney (OPD-Retired) ★★★★★ Nicole PriddyNicole Priddy ★★★★★ Madison and Steve were just absolutely amazing. The product is also fantastic and the instalation was very quick and the technician that installed it was incredibly nice, and cleaned up everything once completed. I absolutely love my blinds and highly recommend Omaha Blinds and Shutters / Bumblebee Blinds.Connie TaylorConnie Taylor ★★★★★ Our blinds look beautiful! We had some problems with them squeaking but Steve made a special trip out to fix them for us. We really appreciate his help!!Jennifer PetersJennifer Peters ★★★★★ Madison was extremely professional and thorough, patiently answering all of my questions and showing me as many samples as I needed to make a decision. She worked with me on payment arrangements and kept me informed on the delivery and install timeline, which I really appreciated. Honestly one of the best sales experiences I’ve ever had.Pearl PinkhamPearl Pinkham ★★★★★ Wonderful service and a beautiful product. Very happy with my blinds. Highly recommend!Douglas DensonDouglas Denson ★★★★★ Stephen Vest and his staff do an amazing job with blinds. They arranged to meet us at our house in off hours, presented a variety of options with no pressure, and delivered/installed the blinds professionally. I don't think you can get any better than that!David MaennerDavid Maenner ★★★★★ Steve stayed on top of my order an DELIVERED! Also, on time and quick. Thanks a ton!Quo LifeQuo Life ★★★★★ Excellent service! We had a budget in mind because this is not our permanent house. I scheduled through Costco and I was able to get an appointment within a week. Katelyn was very friendly, patient, courteous, and professional! In addition, she was very knowledgeable of all the products they carry. I am very happy with all my selections and can’t wait to see our window treatments. So excited! Highly recommend this company and I will definitely order more blinds from them for any of my future projects. Thank you K!Liz HamiltonLiz Hamilton ★★★★★ Very professional, timely and provide excellent customer service. They made it very simple for me and my blinds look fantastic. The product is a great quality. I have already recommended them!Libby TiemeyerLibby Tiemeyer ★★★★★ Great service. They bring the samples to your home and help navigate what you like and want. She even came later in the day which was great for my work schedule.I love my blinds! They are very fresh sleek and modern. Just what I wanted!Lexi PriviteraLexi Privitera ★★★★★ If you are in Omaha, this is the place to get your blinds and shutters. The customer service is amazing. Super quick to respond and very helpful!Bettie McDanielBettie McDaniel ★★★★★ Very happy with our blinds and the great service! Katelyn was able to go through the different types of window coverings with me and recommended the one that suited my preference and style. Great communication and installation was completed on time and quickly. Would highly recommend.Meygan JensenMeygan Jensen ★★★★★ Steve and his team were amazing to work with. Very knowledgeable and thorough when doing the walkthrough of our new home. They have a lot of different options. They were very flexible on install and made our window covering experience perfect.John SweeneyJohn Sweeney ★★★★★ The customer service received from Omaha Blinds and Shutter is EXCELLENT! It starts with Madison (sales rep) returning my call and scheduling my appointment within a short period of time. She came prepared with the exact samples I requested. Casey, (installer) was here for the install 10 minutes early and was finished within a reasonable amount of time. There was a slight malfunction with one of the blinds. Casey reported it, Steve was here within 24 hours, and the situation was resolved. We couldn’t be happier with our blinds! Thanks Omaha Blinds and Shutters for your great service! We definitely will call you again!!js_loader