Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Miami?

David White

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

However, that was long ago, and 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 treatments that let you update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Trouble With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds may have seemed groovy in the 1970s, but now we know them for their inefficiency rather than their advantages.

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  • They’re noisy. With the slightest draft from the AC -- or even when someone brushes by -- they bang together.

  • They are brittle. One small tug or bump and you can pull down a slat or turn a vane so they don’t rotate or open right.

  • They show wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with moisture or dirt.

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

What Are Some Better Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To update your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have a variety of wonderful options:

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

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can take over for your vertical blinds on large picture windows, as they are are constructed from a fabric material that refreshes your decor. Available in many different colors, these treatments 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 drape down from a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have similar issues as vertical blinds though, as the panels are bigger and sturdier.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace 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 different coverings to see what window treatment works for your home. It takes just one call for your no-cost consultation.