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When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Cincinnati?

August 13, 2019

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

However, we left the 70s behind with leisure suits and mood rings, and these useful treatments are beginning to seem like old-fashioned relics that should go back to the past. Now, there are more stylish 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 worked great when they had little competition, but now we see them for their problems rather than their benefits.

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  • They clatter together. With a small breeze from a vent -- or even when someone walks 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 wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually made from vinyl that yellows, fades, and over time will get stained with fingerprints and water spots.

  • They don’t cover your windows. Because these window coverings wobble and break so easily, they never seem closed.

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To update your outdated vertical blinds, you have a variety of stylish options: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 timeless. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare and heat loss. They fully encase the window so they won’t swing in the breeze or break easily. If you choose 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 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 opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so natural light can brighten 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 hang loosely from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have the same headaches as vertical blinds though, and the panels are more substantial, more modern, and are constructed to overlap.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Outdated 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 products to see what window treatment works for your home. Just call 513-216-9740 for your free in-home consultation.