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About Blades

Blade Types

There are a few types of blades and all vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. To get it out of the way - The blades we sell at CeilingFan.com are manufacturer specific ( as in they only work with that specific manufacturers fans and from there are limited to which fans they work with). The types of blades are as follows:

  • Standard Blades - Standard blades are the industry’s staple blades. Typically these blades are press board and are lower quality. Though, most of our manufacturers offer higher end blades (some included in the base price) which are Real Wood, Furniture Grade Veneer – some even being 7-layered to not warp and last a lifetime.

  • Plastic ABS Blades - Plastic blades are often found on Contemporary / Modern styled fans, and Outdoor Damp / Wet Location Fans. Plastic is found on outdoor fans specifically to avoid warping to environmental conditions.

  • Metal Blades - Metal Blades are found typically on any Industrial or Heat Fan type. Not recommended for standard ceilings or home applications to where anyone can reach the fan.

  • Tropical Blades - Tropical blades have their up and down sides. While they look great aesthetically, some lack in terms of air movement in comparison to standard / plastic blades. When purchasing a tropical ceiling fan always make sure to check the CFM’s in the technical specs to make sure you’re getting the air movement you’d like. Note: Some Wicker blades allow air to seep through the blades as they rotate - often creating a noise from this effect.

Blade Spans

Blade span is the measure of the diameter of a ceiling fan. From blade tip to blade tip. We have fans ranging from 20” to 84” for all different applications. From Laundry Rooms, Closets, Bathrooms, Garages, Storage Rooms, Guest Rooms, Bed Rooms, Living Rooms, Dining Rooms, Kitchens, Patios, Porches, Vaulted Ceilings, Cathedral Ceilings, and more. Blade span is dependent on room size. Typically a smaller fan is more applicable for a laundry room, or walk in closet. Mid-size fans may be best for smaller guest rooms, small kitchen areas. Larger fans for cathedral ceilings, master bedrooms, etc.

  • Small Blade Spans - We have ceiling fans ranging from 20” to 36” in diameter. These fans are recommended for small rooms and small compact areas. Such as Laundry Rooms, Closets, Bathrooms, etc.

  • Mid-Size Blade Spans - We have ceiling fans ranging from 40” to 48” in diameter. These fans are recommend for those who don’t want to go to the ‘standard’ size ceiling fans and would like to save a little space on the ceiling, or if the applications doesn’t call for a ‘standard’ size ceiling fan. Typically used in bed rooms, guest rooms, kitchens, storage rooms, or smaller patios and porches.

  • 'Standard' Blade Spans - Let’s use the term ‘standard’ loosely. It’s all about your preference. Ideally fans around the 50” to 52” are standard for bedrooms 10 ft. x 10 ft. or larger. Some may say the fan is overwhelming, and while that may be true they make a Mid-Size Blade Span for you! We qualify 50” to 56” in diameter to be ‘Standard’. As in this is the most popular choice of blade span in the industry and the most widely used in many applications. Ideally when choosing a fan I would start looking for fans within this range then you can always adjust from here to better grasp what suits your application.

  • Large Blade Spans - We have ceiling fans ranging from 60” – 72” in diameter. Fans within these ranges are the most common of the larger blade spans, with some going over 72” but those applications are not too common. Larger fans definitely suit large living rooms, cathedral ceilings, large master bedrooms, etc. The difference in larger fans between the ‘standard’ blade span, typically start with the motor. The motor in a larger fan, well… is larger! The torque required to start up, and move the pitch of the massive blades call for the largest motors in the industry. If your large room is only equipped for one fan application, then this would be your choice. Otherwise it’s not unheard of people going with two ‘Standard’ size fans within a large room either.

Blade Pitch

Blade Pitch is the angle at which the blade is positioned off of the blade holder. The lesser the pitch, the easier it is for the fan to spin. Ideally, a fan with a small blade pitch (10-13 degrees) will require a smaller motor to circulate the air. The smaller the pitch on a fan, the less air the fan is going to move. A fan with a larger blade pitch (14-20) requires a larger motor to circulate the air. The larger the pitch on a fan, the more air the fan is going to move.

Common Questions

  • How many blades are best?
    Dynamically three blades are best. But when choosing the three blade route it is typically harder to balance, and some of the time you may get a wind chop. The more popular choice would be five bladed ceiling fans.
  • Is it possible to purchase one blade replacement?
    As far as replacement blades go, they are sold in sets of 5. Or dependent on which fan, sets of 2, 3, or 4 blades. They are sold in complete sets. Each set is balanced to each other for less chance of wobble.
  • The Blades I ordered don't look exactly as I saw them online. Why is there a difference?
    Due to the nature of the materials and the hand-crafted / automated processes; stain, color, texture and shading will vary. Also depending on your computer monitor and graphic cards settings, some computers may view the colors differently.
  • Can I stain/paint my own set of blades?
    While this is possible, it is not recommended. Each set of blades are specifically balanced for the ceiling fans they work with. By staining or custom painting your fan blades puts your ceiling fan at risk of wobbling.

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