Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Atlanta?

Dan Taylor

In the 1970’s, homeowners in Atlanta looked for 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 hung loosely from a track.

However, we abandoned the 70s along with leisure suits and mood rings, and these once trendy treatments are beginning to resemble out-of-date relics that should stay in the past. Today, there are more stylish and more energy-efficient window coverings that let you update your decor and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

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

Panel track blinds in bright living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • They’re noisy. With the slightest airflow from an air conditioner -- or even when someone wanders by -- they bang together.

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

  • They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually composed of 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 sway and break so easily, you can usually see some outside light, even when they are supposed to be shut.


What Are More Effective Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To improve your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have plenty of wonderful options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are always trending. With their durable 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 break easily. If you use a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also find an extra benefit of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are utilize a fabric material that updates your window treatments. Available in many different colors, these window treatments can effectively control outside light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so sunlight light can illuminate 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 the same problems as vertical blinds though, as the panels are bigger and sturdier.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Old Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing 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 for your in-home consultation.