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Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Atlanta?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in Atlanta needed a window covering that would adequately cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became a useful window covering that used long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track.

However, now that we find ourselves in the 21st century, these useful treatments are starting to resemble yellowing relics that should remain in the past. Today, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window coverings that let you update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Problems With Vertical Blinds

While vertical blinds were cutting edge in the 70s, now we view them for their inefficiency rather than their advantages.

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  • They clatter together. With the slightest breeze from the AC -- or even when someone wanders by -- they clank together.

  • They easily tear down. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull down a slat or turn a vane so they won’t rotate or open right.

  • They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually made from vinyl that yellows, fades, and over time will get stained with moisture or dirt.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window coverings swing and snap so easily, it’s not unusual to see sunlight peek through the sides or a torn down slat.

What Are Some Better Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To update your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have a variety of wonderful options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are always trending. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare and add privacy. They fully fill 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’ll also find an extra benefit of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are utilize a fabric material that updates your windows. Available in many different colors, these window treatments can effectively control outside light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also might use sheer material so sunlight light can brighten the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Atlanta.

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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 have similar issues as vertical blinds though, with their substantial, overlapping panels.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re wanting to replace your old-fashioned vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Atlanta Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with plenty of products to see what window treatment looks best for your space. The first step is to call 404-962-8517 for your in-home consultation.