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Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In San Diego?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in San Diego needed a window treatment that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as an efficient window covering that utilized long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, we left the 70s behind with disco pants and pet rocks, and these once trendy treatments are beginning to seem like out-of-date relics that should remain in the past. Now, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window coverings that help you update your decor and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds looked ok when they were new, but now we view them for their problems rather than their advantages.

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  • They clatter together. With a modest breeze from an air conditioner -- or even when someone brushes by -- they clang together.

  • They break easily. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull apart a slat or misalign a vane so they won’t rotate or open like they should.

  • They show wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and over time will get stained with dust, dirt, and grime.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window coverings sway and tear down so easily, they never truly seem closed.

What Are More Stylish Coverings 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 always trending. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare and add privacy. They completely seal off the window so 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 made from a material that modernizes your window treatments. Available in many different colors, these treatments can stop light by sliding top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so outside light can illuminate the room so it’s not so dark. Find more options for window shades in San Diego.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks can resemble vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t experience similar issues as vertical blinds though, with their large, overlapping panels.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking to update your old-fashioned vertical blinds, then you should call your San Diego Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with plenty of coverings to see what window treatment is best for your windows. Just call 760-405-8887 for your no-cost consultation.