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Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Philadelphia?

August 13, 2019

In the seventies, homeowners in Philadelphia were searching for a window treatment that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a practical window treatment that employed long vinyl stats that hung loosely from a track.

However, that was a long, long time ago, and these useful treatments are starting to look 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 windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

While vertical blinds were innovative in the past, now we know them for their problems rather than their benefits.

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  • The slats bang together. With the slightest breeze from the AC -- or even when someone walks by -- they bang together.

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

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

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window treatments sway and tear down so easily, you can usually see a great deal 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:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare and add privacy. They completely seal off 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.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are are constructed from a material that updates your windows. 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 brighten the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Philadelphia.

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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, and the panels are more substantial, more current, and are constructed to overlap.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds

If you’re wanting to replace your obsolete vertical blinds, then you should call your Philadelphia Sunburst rep. We’ll show you a variety of samples to see what window treatment works for your windows. Just call 215-874-4897 for your in-home consultation.