Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Boston?08/13/2019Holly Perron In the past, homeowners in Boston needed a window treatment that would adequately cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a practical window treatment that used long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track. However, now that we have landed in 2019, these vinyl treatments are beginning to resemble old-fashioned relics that should stay in the past. Today, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window treatments that allow you to update your windows and replace those vertical blinds. The Problems With Vertical Blinds Vertical blinds may have seemed groovy in the 70s, but now we know them for their inefficiency rather than their advantages. They clatter together. With the slightest 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 down a slat or snap a vane so they won’t rotate or open like they should. They show wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually composed of 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 a great deal of outside light, even when they should be shut. What Are Some Better Coverings Than Vertical Blinds? To update your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have a variety of wonderful options: Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are always trending. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare and add privacy. They completely seal off 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. 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 a variety of colors, these window treatments can block light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so outside light can brighten the room so it’s not so dark. Panel Tracks: Panel tracks act like vertical blinds, as they drape down from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have the same headaches as vertical blinds though, as the panels are bigger and more substantial. Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Get Rid Of 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 come to you with different coverings to see what window treatment works for your windows. Just call for your free in-home consultation.