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Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Houston?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, 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 hung loosely from a track.

However, we abandoned the 70s along with disco pants and pet rocks, and these vinyl treatments are beginning to resemble old-fashioned relics that should stay in the past. Now, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient treatments that let you update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Trouble With Vertical Blinds

While vertical blinds were cutting edge in the 70s, now we know them for their annoyances rather than their advantages.

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  • They’re noisy. With a modest airflow from a vent -- or even when someone walks 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 wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually derived of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with dust, dirt, and grime.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window coverings wobble and snap so easily, you can usually see plenty of outside light, even when they are supposed to be closed.

What Are Some Better Coverings Than Vertical Blinds?

To replace your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have a slew of wonderful options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will block 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 find an extra layer of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on big 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 opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so sunlight light can illuminate the room so it’s not so dark. Find more options for window shades in Houston.

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  • 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 modern, and are designed to overlap.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Get Rid Of Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing 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 home. Just call 713-853-9629 for your free in-home consultation.