Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Philadelphia?

Holly Perron

In the seventies, homeowners in Philadelphia were searching for a window treatment that would adequately cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became a practical window covering that used long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track.

However, now that we have landed in another century, these once trendy treatments are starting to seem like yellowing relics that should stay in the past. Instead, there are more stylish and more energy-efficient window treatments that help you update your decor and replace those vertical blinds.

The Problems With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds may have been far out in the back in the day, but now we see them for their problems rather than their benefits.

Panel track blinds in modern living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • The slats bang together. With a modest breeze from an air conditioner -- or even when someone walks by -- they bang together.

  • They easily tear down. You can easily pull off a slat or misalign a vane so they won’t rotate or open right.

  • They show wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually derived of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can become stained with dust, dirt, and grime.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window treatments swing and tear down so easily, you can usually see plenty of outside light, even when they are supposed to be shut.


What Are Some Better Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To replace your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have a slew of wonderful options:

Plantation shutters in kitchen

  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare and add privacy. They fully encase the window and they won’t be able to, which means they won’t swing 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 layer of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are are constructed from a material that updates your window treatments. Available in a variety of colors, these coverings can block light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so outside light can illuminate the room when closed.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they are attached to a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels don’t experience the same problems as vertical blinds though, as the panels are thicker and sturdier.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds

If you’re wanting to replace your out-of-date vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Philadelphia Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with a variety of samples to see what window treatment works for your windows. The first step is to call for your no-cost consultation.