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Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Kingsport?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in Kingsport needed a window covering that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds came onto the scene as a useful window treatment that employed long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track.

However, we left the 70s behind with disco pants and pet rocks, and these vinyl treatments are beginning to resemble yellowing relics that should stay in the past. Today, there are cleaner and more energy-efficient treatments that let you update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds may have been cool in the 1970s, but now we see them for their inefficiency rather than their benefits.

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

  • They are brittle. You can easily pull apart a slat or misalign a vane so they can’t rotate or open correctly.

  • They show dirt and stains. Vertical blinds are usually made from vinyl that yellows, fades, and can become stained with fingerprints and water spots.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window coverings swing and snap so easily, they never seem closed.

What Are More Stylish 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 block sun glare while adding a layer of privacy. They fully fill the window so they won’t sway in the breeze or tear down easily. If you pick 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 full wall windows, as they are utilize a fabric material that modernizes your windows. Available in a variety of colors, these treatments can stop light by opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so natural light can illuminate the room so it’s not so dark. Find more options for window shades in Kingsport.

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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, and the panels are more substantial, more contemporary, and are made to overlap.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re wanting to replace your obsolete vertical blinds, then you should call your Kingsport Sunburst rep. We’ll show you different coverings to see what window treatment is best for your space. It takes just one call 276-685-5343 for your free in-home consultation.

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