Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In San Jose?

Curtis Orton

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, we left the 70s behind with 8-Tracks and CB radios, and these once trendy treatments are beginning to seem like out-of-date relics that should go back to the past. Instead, there are cleaner and more energy-efficient treatments that help 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 know them for their problems rather than their benefits.

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

  • They break easily. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull off a slat or misalign a vane so they won’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 moisture or dirt.

  • 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 Window Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To update your outdated vertical blinds, you have a variety of stylish options:

Plantation shutters in kitchen

  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are always trending. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare and add privacy. They fully encase 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.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on large picture windows, as they are are constructed from a fabric material that refreshes your windows. Available in many different colors, these coverings can effectively control 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.

Panel tracks in sunroom
  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks act like vertical blinds, as they are attached to a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have similar issues as vertical blinds though, as the panels are bigger and sturdier.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing your out-of-date vertical blinds, then you should call your San Jose Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you plenty of samples to see what window treatment looks best for your windows. The first step is to call for your in-home consultation.