When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Gainesville?

Eric Ramsey

In the seventies, homeowners in Gainesville were searching for a window treatment that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a useful window covering that used long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track.

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we left the 70s behind with disco pants and pet rocks, and these once trendy treatments are beginning to resemble out-of-date relics that should remain in the past.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

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds may have seemed groovy in the 70s, but now we view them for their problems rather than their advantages.

Panel track blinds in bright living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • They clatter together. With a modest draft from an air conditioner -- or even when someone brushes by -- they clang together.

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

  • They show wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually made from vinyl that yellows, fades, and over time will get stained with fingerprints and water spots.

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


What Are More Stylish Coverings Than Vertical Blinds?

To improve your outdated vertical blinds, you have plenty of stylish options:

Plantation shutters in kitchen

  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will stop 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 pick a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also get an extra benefit of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can take over for your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are utilize a material that modernizes your window treatments. Available in different colors, these window treatments can stop outside light by sliding top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so outside light can brighten the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Gainesville.

Panel tracks in sunroom
  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks act like 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 thicker and more substantial.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Get Rid Of Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing your out-of-date vertical blinds, then you should call your Gainesville Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you a variety of samples to see what window treatment is best for your space. It takes just one call for your no-cost consultation.