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Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Detroit?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in Detroit needed a window covering that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a practical window covering that employed long vinyl stats that hung loosely from a track.

However, now that we are firmly situated in 2019, these vinyl treatments are starting to seem like old-fashioned relics that should stay in the past. Now, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient treatments that allow you to update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Trouble With Vertical Blinds

While vertical blinds were cutting edge back in the day, now we know them for their inefficiency rather than their advantages.

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  • They clatter together. With a small breeze from the AC -- or even when someone walks by -- they bang together.

  • They break easily. You can easily pull off a slat or snap a vane so they can’t rotate or open right.

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

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window coverings sway and snap so easily, you can usually see a great deal of light, even when they should be 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 stop sun glare and add privacy. They fully encase the window so 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 find an extra layer of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can take over for your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are utilize a material that refreshes your window treatments. Available in many different colors, these treatments can block light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so sunlight light can illuminate the room so it’s not so dark. Find more options for window shades in Detroit.

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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 headaches as vertical blinds though, with their large, overlapping panels.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing your old-fashioned vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Detroit Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with a variety of coverings to see what window treatment looks best for your windows. It takes just one call 248-429-9294 for your in-home consultation.