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When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Fort Myers?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in Fort Myers needed a window covering that would adequately cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds came onto the scene as an efficient window treatment that used long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track.

However, that was ancient history, and these useful treatments are beginning to seem like old-fashioned relics that should go back to the past. Today, there are beautiful 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 see them for their annoyances rather than their benefits.

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  • They’re noisy. With the slightest airflow from the AC -- or even when someone walks by -- they clank together.

  • They break easily. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull apart a slat or snap a vane so they can’t rotate or open right.

  • They show dirt and stains. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with fingerprints and water spots.

  • They do not cover your windows. Because these window treatments wobble and break so easily, you can usually see plenty of outside light, even when they are closed.

What Are More Stylish Window Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To replace your antiquated vertical blinds, you have a slew of great options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters never go out of style. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare while adding a layer of privacy. They fully fill the window so they won’t sway in the breeze or break easily. If you use a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also get an extra layer of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on large picture windows, as they are are constructed from a fabric material that refreshes your decor. Available in a variety of colors, these window treatments can block outside light by opening and closing 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 Fort Myers.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks act like vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels don’t experience the same problems as vertical blinds though, and the panels are more substantial, more current, and are made to overlap.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking to update your out-of-date vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Fort Myers Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with plenty of coverings to see what window treatment works for your windows. It takes just one call 239-208-6577 for your free in-home consultation.