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Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Miami?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in Miami were searching for a window covering that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a useful window treatment that used long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, now that we find ourselves in the 21st century, these vinyl treatments are starting to seem like yellowing relics that should go back to the past. Today, there are more stylish and more energy-efficient window coverings that let you update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Trouble With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds seemed innovative when they were the only game in town, but now we know them for their inefficiency rather than their advantages.

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  • They clatter together. With the slightest draft from an air conditioner -- or even when someone brushes by -- they clank together.

  • They break easily. One small tug or bump and you can pull off a slat or turn a vane so they don’t rotate or open correctly.

  • They show dirt and stains. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with fingerprints and water spots.

  • They don’t cover your windows. Because these window coverings sway and tear down so easily, it’s not uncommon to see light peek through the sides or a missing slat.

What Are Some Better Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To improve your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have plenty of wonderful options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare and heat loss. They completely seal off the window and they won’t be able to, which means they won’t sway in the breeze or break easily. If you use a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also get an extra benefit of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can take over for your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are made from a fabric material that refreshes your decor. Available in many different colors, these coverings can effectively control light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so natural light can light up the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Miami.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have the same problems as vertical blinds though, and the panels are bigger, more contemporary, and are made to overlap.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Get Rid Of Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing your obsolete vertical blinds, then just call your Miami Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you a variety of coverings to see what window treatment works for your home. It takes just one call 305-520-7515 for your no-cost consultation.