When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Raleigh?

Blake Jarman

In the seventies, homeowners in Raleigh were searching for a window covering that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a useful window treatment that employed long vinyl stats that hung loosely from a track.

However, that was a long, long time ago, and these vinyl treatments are starting to seem like yellowing relics that should remain in the past. Now, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window treatments that let you update your decor and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds may have been far out in the 70s, but now we view them for their annoyances rather than their advantages.

Panel track blinds in modern living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • The slats bang together. With a small breeze from the AC -- or even when someone wanders by -- they clank together.

  • They are brittle. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull down a slat or misalign a vane so they don’t rotate or open correctly.

  • They show dirt and stains. Vertical blinds are usually made from vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with dust, dirt, and grime.

  • They don’t cover your windows. Because these window coverings sway and snap so easily, they never seem closed.


What Are More Effective Window Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To improve your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have plenty of wonderful options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare and heat loss. 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 benefit of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are made from a fabric material that modernizes your window treatments. Available in many different colors, these window treatments can stop light by opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so natural light can illuminate the room without the glare.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks can resemble vertical blinds, as they drape down from a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have similar issues as vertical blinds though, with their big, overlapping panels.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Get Rid Of Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds

If you’re wanting to replace your out-of-date vertical blinds, then just call your Raleigh Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you different coverings to see what window treatment is best for your windows. The first step is to call for your no-cost consultation.