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When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Gainesville?

August 13, 2019

In the seventies, homeowners in Gainesville were searching for a window treatment 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we abandoned the 70s along with disco pants and pet rocks, and these once trendy treatments are beginning to resemble out-of-date relics that should remain in the past.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 help you update your rooms and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

While vertical blinds were innovative in the 70s, now we view them for their problems rather than their advantages.

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  • They clatter together. With a modest draft from an air conditioner -- or even when someone walks by -- they bang together.

  • They easily tear down. You can easily pull down 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 composed of 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, it’s not unusual to see outside light peek through the sides or the gap from a broken slat.

What Are More Stylish Window Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To update your outdated vertical blinds, you have a variety of stylish options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare while adding a layer of privacy. They completely seal off the window so they won’t swing in the breeze or break easily. If you choose 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 take over for your vertical blinds on large picture windows, as they are utilize a material that updates your windows. 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 illuminate the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Gainesville.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they drape down from a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels don’t 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 wanting to replace your obsolete vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Gainesville Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you a variety of products to see what window treatment works for your space. It takes just one call 813-602-5966 for your in-home consultation.