Vertical blinds in a den

Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Boston?

August 13, 2019

In the past, homeowners in Boston needed a window treatment that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became an efficient window treatment that employed long vinyl stats that hung loosely from a track.

However, that was ancient history, and these vinyl treatments are beginning to resemble old-fashioned relics that should go back to the past. Today, there are more stylish and more energy-efficient window treatments that allow you to update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds may have seemed groovy in the 1970s, but now we see them for their annoyances rather than their advantages.

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  • They clatter together. With a modest draft from the AC -- or even when someone walks by -- they clang together.

  • They break easily. One small tug or bump and you can pull off a slat or snap a vane so they won’t rotate or open like they should.

  • They show dirt and stains. Vertical blinds are usually made from vinyl that yellows, fades, and over time will get stained with moisture or dirt.

  • They do not cover your windows. Because these window coverings sway and tear down so easily, you can usually see plenty of outside light, even when they should be shut.

What Are More Effective Window Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To update your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have a variety of wonderful options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are always trending. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare while adding a layer of privacy. They fully encase the window and they won’t be able to, which means they won’t swing in the breeze or break easily. If you pick a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you will also experience an extra layer of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can take over for your vertical blinds on large picture windows, as they are utilize a fabric material that updates your decor. Available in many different colors, these window treatments can block light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also might use sheer material so outside light can brighten the room so it’s not so dark. Find more options for window shades in Boston.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have the same headaches as vertical blinds though, and the panels are larger, more contemporary, and are constructed to overlap.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Old Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing your out-of-date vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Boston Sunburst rep. We’ll show you a variety of coverings to see what window treatment is best for your windows. The first step is to call 781-352-2205 for your free in-home consultation.

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