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Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In San Jose?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in San Jose were searching for a window covering that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a useful window covering that used long vinyl stats that hung loosely from a track.

However, now that we have landed in the 21st century, these once trendy treatments are beginning to seem like yellowing relics that should go back to the past. Instead, there are cleaner and more energy-efficient window coverings that help you update your rooms and replace those vertical blinds.

The Trouble With Vertical Blinds

While vertical blinds were novel in the 70s, now we know them for their problems rather than their benefits.

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  • The slats bang together. With a modest breeze from the AC -- or even when someone brushes by -- they bang together.

  • They break easily. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull off a slat or snap a vane so they don’t rotate or open like they should.

  • They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually derived of vinyl that yellows, fades, and over time will get stained with fingerprints and water spots.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window treatments sway and tear down so easily, it’s not uncommon to see outside light leak through the sides or the gap from a broken slat.

What Are Some Better Coverings Than Vertical Blinds?

To update your antiquated vertical blinds, you have a variety of great options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are always trending. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare and add privacy. They completely seal off the window so they won’t sway in the breeze or snap off easily. If you use 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 supplant your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are made from a fabric material that refreshes your windows. Available in a variety of colors, these treatments can block light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also might use sheer material so outside light can light up the room so it’s not so dark. Find more options for window shades in San Jose.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks act like vertical blinds, as they are attached to a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have similar issues as vertical blinds though, with their substantial, overlapping panels.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re wanting to replace your out-of-date vertical blinds, then you should call your San Jose Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you plenty of products to see what window treatment looks best for your home. Just call 916-542-1305 for your in-home consultation.