When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Chicago?

Richard Rampton

In the past, homeowners in Chicago needed a window covering that would adequately cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds came onto the scene as an efficient window covering that used long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, we left the 70s behind with 8-Tracks and CD radios, and these once trendy treatments are starting to resemble out-of-date relics that should remain in the past. Instead, there are cleaner and more energy-efficient treatments that allow you to update your decor and replace those vertical blinds.

The Problems With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds worked great when they had little competition, but now we view them for their problems rather than their benefits.

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

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

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

  • They don’t cover your windows. Because these window coverings sway and tear down so easily, you can usually see plenty of light, even when they are closed.


What Are Some Better Window Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To update your outdated vertical blinds, you have a variety of stylish options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters never go out of style. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare and heat loss. They fully encase the window so they won’t swing in the breeze or snap off easily. If you pick a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also experience an extra layer of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are are constructed from a fabric material that refreshes your decor. Available in many different colors, these treatments can stop light by sliding top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so natural light can brighten the room without the glare.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks can resemble vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have similar issues as vertical blinds though, with their substantial, overlapping panels.


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

If you’re thinking of replacing your out-of-date vertical blinds, then you should call your Chicago Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with different coverings to see what window treatment works for your home. Just call for your no-cost consultation.