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Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Virginia Beach?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in Virginia Beach needed a window covering that would adequately cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a useful window treatment that used long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track.

However, we abandoned the 70s along with disco pants and pet rocks, and these once trendy treatments are starting to resemble out-of-date relics that should remain in the past. Today, there are more stylish and more energy-efficient treatments that help you update your rooms and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds seemed innovative when they were the only game in town, but now we see them for their problems rather than their benefits.

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  • They clatter together. With a small breeze from a vent -- or even when someone wanders by -- they clang together.

  • They are brittle. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull down a slat or turn a vane so they won’t rotate or open right.

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

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

What Are More Effective Coverings Than Vertical Blinds?

To improve your outdated vertical blinds, you have plenty of stylish options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters never go out of style. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare and heat loss. They fully encase the window and they won’t be able to, which means they won’t swing in the breeze or break easily. If you pick a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you will also experience an extra layer of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are are constructed from a material that updates your window treatments. Available in different colors, these treatments can block light by opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so sunlight light can brighten the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Virginia Beach.

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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 experience similar issues as vertical blinds though, and the panels are bigger, more modern, and are constructed to overlap.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking to update your old-fashioned vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Virginia Beach Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with plenty of samples to see what window treatment is best for your space. It takes just one call 757-210-6448 for your no-cost consultation.