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Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Seattle?

August 13, 2019

In the past, homeowners in Seattle were searching for a window covering that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became an efficient window treatment that employed long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track.

However, we abandoned the 70s along with 8-Tracks and CB radios, and these once trendy treatments are starting to seem like old-fashioned relics that should stay in the past. Instead, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window treatments that let you update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Trouble With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds looked ok when they were new, but now we view them for their annoyances rather than their benefits.

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  • They’re noisy. With a small draft from a vent -- or even when someone wanders by -- they bang together.

  • They easily tear down. You can easily pull apart a slat or misalign a vane so they can’t rotate or open right.

  • They show wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually made from vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with fingerprints and water spots.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window treatments sway and tear down so easily, they never truly seem closed.

What Are Some Better Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To replace your outdated vertical blinds, you have a slew of stylish options: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 add privacy. They fully fill the window and they won’t be able to, which means 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 experience an extra benefit of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can take over for your vertical blinds on large picture windows, as they are utilize a fabric material that updates your windows. Available in a variety of colors, these coverings can stop outside light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so sunlight light can brighten the room so it’s not so dark. Find more options for window shades in Seattle.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they drape down from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t experience the same headaches as vertical blinds though, as the panels are larger and more substantial.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds

If you’re wanting to replace your out-of-date vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Seattle Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with different samples to see what window treatment looks best for your home. Just call 360-464-2277 for your free in-home consultation.