When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In New York City?

Dennis Rooney

In the past, homeowners in New York City looked for a window covering that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became an efficient window covering that utilized long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, that was ancient history, and these once trendy treatments are starting to seem like yellowing 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

While vertical blinds were innovative in the 70s, now we see them for their problems rather than their benefits.

Panel track blinds in airy living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • They’re noisy. With a small draft from a vent -- or even when someone brushes by -- they bang together.

  • They easily tear down. You can easily pull apart a slat or misalign a vane so they don’t rotate or open right.

  • They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually derived of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can become 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 Some Better Coverings Than Vertical Blinds?

To update your antiquated vertical blinds, you have a variety of great options:

Plantation shutters in kitchen

  • 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.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are are constructed from a material that refreshes your windows. Available in a variety of colors, these coverings can stop light by sliding top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also might use sheer material so natural light can light up the room when closed.

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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, as the panels are thicker and more substantial.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Old Vertical Blinds

If you’re wanting to replace your obsolete vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your New York City Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you plenty of coverings to see what window treatment works for your space. Just call for your no-cost consultation.