When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Cincinnati?

Lisa Renee Nieberding

In the 1970’s, homeowners in Cincinnati needed a window treatment that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds came onto the scene as an efficient window covering that employed long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, that was a long, long time ago, and these once trendy treatments are beginning to seem like old-fashioned relics that should go back to the past. Now, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window treatments that allow you to update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

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

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

  • They are brittle. 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 wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and over time will get stained with fingerprints and water spots.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window coverings wobble and break so easily, you can usually see some light, even when they are supposed to be closed.


What Are Some Better Treatments 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 are timeless. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare and heat loss. They completely seal off the window so they won’t swing in the breeze or snap off easily. If you pick a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you will also find an extra layer of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are are constructed from a material that refreshes your windows. Available in different colors, these treatments can stop light by sliding top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also might use sheer material so natural light can illuminate the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Cincinnati.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they drape down from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have the same headaches as vertical blinds though, and the panels are more substantial, more contemporary, and are constructed to overlap.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Old Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking to update your obsolete vertical blinds, then just call your Cincinnati Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you plenty of samples to see what window treatment works for your home. Just call for your free in-home consultation.