When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Orlando?

Todd Hansen

In the past, homeowners in Orlando were searching for a window treatment that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a practical window covering that utilized long vinyl stats that hung loosely from a track.

However, that was ancient history, and these useful treatments are beginning to look like yellowing relics that should stay in the past. Now, there are cleaner and more energy-efficient window coverings that let you update your rooms and replace those vertical blinds.

The Trouble With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds may have seemed groovy in the 70s, but now we view them for their inefficiency rather than their advantages.

Panel track blinds in bright living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • They clatter together. With the slightest airflow from an air conditioner -- or even when someone walks by -- they clank together.

  • They break easily. One small tug or bump and you can pull off a slat or turn a vane so they won’t rotate or open right.

  • They show dirt and stains. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can become stained with moisture or dirt.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window treatments sway and break so easily, it’s not uncommon to see sunlight leak through the sides or a missing slat.


What Are More Effective Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

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

Plantation shutters in kitchen

  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare while adding a layer of privacy. They fully fill the window and they won’t be able to, which means 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’ll also get an extra benefit of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are utilize a material that updates your decor. Available in a variety of colors, these treatments can block outside 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.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks act like vertical blinds, as they drape down from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have similar issues as vertical blinds though, and the panels are larger, more modern, and are designed to overlap.


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

If you’re thinking of replacing your obsolete vertical blinds, then just call your Orlando Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with different coverings to see what window treatment looks best for your windows. Just call for your free in-home consultation.