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When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In New York?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in New York needed a window covering that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became an efficient window covering that utilized long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, we left the 70s behind with disco pants and pet rocks, and these once trendy treatments are starting to seem like out-of-date relics that should remain in the past. Instead, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window treatments that help you update your rooms and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds seemed innovative when they were new, but now we see them for their problems rather than their benefits.

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  • They’re noisy. With a small draft from a vent -- or even when someone walks by -- they bang together.

  • They easily tear down. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull apart a slat or misalign a vane so they won’t rotate or open correctly.

  • They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually derived of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with dust, dirt, and grime.

  • They do not cover your windows. Because these window coverings sway and snap so easily, you can usually see plenty of light, even when they are supposed to be shut.

What Are More Effective Coverings Than Vertical Blinds?

To improve your outdated vertical blinds, you have plenty of stylish options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters never go out of style. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare while adding a layer of privacy. They completely seal off the window so they won’t swing in the breeze or tear down easily. If you use a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you will also get an extra layer of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are made from a material that refreshes your window treatments. Available in many different colors, these coverings can stop light by opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so natural light can light up the room without the glare. Find more options for window shades in New York.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks act like vertical blinds, as they are attached to a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t experience the same headaches as vertical blinds though, and the panels are bigger, more contemporary, and are made to overlap.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing your obsolete vertical blinds, then you should call your New York Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you plenty of coverings to see what window treatment works for your space. The first step is to call 631-246-3930 for your no-cost consultation.