When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Fort Myers?08/13/2019Charlie Cole and Brady Parker In the past, homeowners in Fort Myers needed a window covering that would adequately cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds came onto the scene as an efficient window treatment that employed long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track. However, now that we are firmly situated in 2019, these once trendy treatments are beginning to seem like old-fashioned relics that should go back to the past. Now, there are more stylish and more energy-efficient window coverings that allow you to 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 inefficiency rather than their benefits. They’re noisy. With a modest breeze from an air conditioner -- or even when someone brushes by -- they clank together. They are brittle. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull apart a slat or snap a vane so they can’t rotate or open right. They show wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can become stained with moisture or dirt. They do not cover your windows. Because these window treatments wobble and break so easily, it’s not abnormal 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 To replace your outdated vertical blinds, you have a slew of stylish options: Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters never go out of style. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare and add privacy. They fully fill the window so they won’t sway in the breeze or snap off easily. If you use a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also find an extra layer of energy efficiency. Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace 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 effectively control 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. Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a suspended 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 for your free in-home consultation.