When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Phoenix?

Greg Arnett

In the seventies, homeowners in Phoenix were searching for a window treatment that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds came onto the scene as a practical window covering that utilized long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, now that we find ourselves in the 21st century, these once trendy treatments are beginning to seem like old-fashioned relics that should stay in the past. Today, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient treatments that let you update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Trouble With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds looked ok when they were the only game in town, but now we view them for their problems rather than their benefits.

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  • They clatter together. With a modest breeze from a vent -- or even when someone walks by -- they bang together.

  • They are brittle. One small tug or bump and you can pull down a slat or misalign a vane so they won’t rotate or open like they should.

  • They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually composed 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 treatments wobble and break so easily, it’s not abnormal to see light come in through the sides or the gap from a broken slat.

What Are More Effective Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To update your outdated vertical blinds, you have a variety of stylish options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are always trending. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare and add privacy. They fully fill the window and they won’t be able to, which means they won’t swing in the breeze or tear down easily. If you pick 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 large picture windows, as they are are constructed from a material that updates your window treatments. Available in different colors, these coverings can stop light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so natural light can illuminate the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Phoenix.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they are attached to a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have the same headaches as vertical blinds though, as the panels are larger and more substantial.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking to update your out-of-date vertical blinds, then you should call your Phoenix Sunburst rep. We’ll show you a variety of coverings to see what window treatment works for your home. Just call for your in-home consultation.