Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Houston?08/13/2019Cory Cryer In the past, homeowners in Houston were searching for a window covering that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became a useful window treatment that used long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track. However, now that we are firmly situated in 2019, these vinyl treatments are beginning to resemble old-fashioned relics that should stay in the past. Today, there are more stylish and more energy-efficient window coverings that let you update your decor and replace those vertical blinds. The Trouble With Vertical Blinds While vertical blinds were cutting edge in the 70s, now we see them for their inefficiency rather than their advantages. They’re noisy. With a modest breeze from a vent -- or even when someone brushes by -- they clang together. They easily tear down. One small tug or bump and you can pull apart a slat or snap a vane so they don’t rotate or open like they should. They show dirt and stains. Vertical blinds are usually derived of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can become stained with dust, dirt, and grime. They don’t cover your windows. Because these window coverings wobble and snap so easily, you can usually see a great deal of outside light, even when they are supposed to be closed. What Are More Effective Coverings Than Vertical Blinds? To replace your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have a slew of wonderful options: Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare and heat loss. They fully fill the window and they won’t be able to, which means they won’t sway in the breeze or break easily. If you use a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you will also get an extra layer of energy efficiency. Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on large picture windows, as they are made from a material that refreshes your decor. Available in a variety of colors, these window treatments can stop light by sliding top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so natural light can illuminate the room so it’s not so dark. Panel Tracks: Panel tracks can resemble vertical blinds, as they are attached to a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have the same problems as vertical blinds though, and the panels are larger, more contemporary, and are designed to overlap. Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Get Rid Of Your Outdated Vertical Blinds If you’re wanting to replace your old-fashioned vertical blinds, then just call your Houston Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you different samples to see what window treatment is best for your windows. The first step is to call for your free in-home consultation.