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Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Fort Lauderdale?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in Fort Lauderdale needed a window treatment that would adequately cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became a useful window covering that used long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, now that we have landed in the 21st century, these once trendy treatments are starting to resemble out-of-date relics that should stay in the past. Today, there are more stylish and more energy-efficient treatments that allow you to update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Problems With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds worked great when they had little competition, but now we know them for their problems rather than their advantages.

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  • They’re noisy. With a modest breeze from an air conditioner -- or even when someone wanders by -- they bang together.

  • They are brittle. One small tug or bump and you can pull off a slat or turn a vane so they can’t rotate or open correctly.

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

  • They don’t cover your windows. Because these window coverings sway and snap so easily, they never seem closed.

What Are Some Better Coverings 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 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 tear down easily. If you choose a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you will also experience an extra benefit of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are are constructed from a material that modernizes your windows. Available in different colors, these window treatments can block light by opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so outside light can light up the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Fort Lauderdale.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks can resemble vertical blinds, as they drape down from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have the same problems as vertical blinds though, as the panels are bigger and more substantial.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking to update your out-of-date vertical blinds, then you should call your Fort Lauderdale Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you plenty of products to see what window treatment works for your windows. The first step is to call 561-440-8535 for your free in-home consultation.