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Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In St. George?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in St. George were searching for a window treatment that would adequately cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became an efficient window covering that employed long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, we abandoned the 70s along with 8-Tracks and CB radios, and these once trendy treatments are starting to seem like yellowing relics that should stay in the past. Today, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window treatments that let you update your rooms and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

While vertical blinds were novel in the 70s, now we view them for their problems rather than their benefits.

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  • They’re noisy. With the slightest breeze from an air conditioner -- or even when someone wanders by -- they clank together.

  • They easily tear down. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull off a slat or snap a vane so they can’t rotate or open like they should.

  • They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually derived of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with moisture or dirt.

  • They do not cover your windows. Because these window treatments swing and tear down so easily, it’s not uncommon to see light leak through the sides or a torn down slat.

What Are Some Better Coverings 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To update your outdated vertical blinds, you have a variety of stylish options: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 solid louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare while adding a layer of privacy. They completely seal off 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 will also experience 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 utilize a material that updates your window treatments. Available in a variety of colors, these coverings can effectively control light by opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so sunlight light can brighten the room without the glare. Find more options for window shades in St. George.

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

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking to update your old-fashioned vertical blinds, then just call your St. George Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you a variety of samples to see what window treatment works for your windows. It takes just one call 435-485-9332 for your free in-home consultation.