Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Detroit?

Steve Hill

In the past, homeowners in Detroit looked for a window covering that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became a practical window covering that employed long vinyl stats that hung loosely from a track.

However, we left the 70s behind with disco pants and pet rocks, and these vinyl treatments are starting to seem like old-fashioned relics that should remain 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 Trouble With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds may have been cool in the 70s, but now we see them for their inefficiency rather than their advantages.

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  • They’re noisy. With a small breeze from an air conditioner -- or even when someone brushes by -- they clank together.

  • They break easily. You can easily pull down a slat or misalign 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 easily get stained with dust, dirt, and grime.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window coverings sway and snap so easily, it’s not uncommon to see sunlight peek through the sides or the gap from a broken slat.


What Are Some Better Window Treatments 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 while adding a layer of privacy. They completely seal off 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.


  • 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 a variety of colors, these coverings can effectively control 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 aren’t shown to 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 wanting to replace 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 for your in-home consultation.