Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Fort Lauderdale?

Danielle Micich

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

However, that was a long, long time ago, and these useful treatments are starting to resemble yellowing relics that should stay in the past. Now, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window coverings that allow you to update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Problems With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds looked ok when they were the only game in town, but now we see them for their problems rather than their advantages.

Panel track blinds in airy living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • They’re noisy. With a modest airflow from an air conditioner -- or even when someone wanders by -- they clank 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 right.

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

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


What Are More Effective Coverings Than Vertical Blinds?

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

Plantation shutters in kitchen

  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are always trending. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare and add privacy. They fully encase the window and they won’t be able to, which means they won’t swing in the breeze or tear down easily. If you pick a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you will also experience an extra benefit of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on large picture windows, as they are made from a material that updates your window treatments. Available in different colors, these window treatments can effectively control light by sliding top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so outside light can light up the room without the glare. Find more options for window shades in Fort Lauderdale.

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


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking to update your obsolete vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Fort Lauderdale Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you plenty of products to see what window treatment works for your home. Just call for your free in-home consultation.