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When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Washington DC?

August 13, 2019

In the 1970’s, homeowners in Washington DC looked for a window covering that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as an efficient window covering that utilized long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, we abandoned the 70s along with leisure suits and mood rings, and these vinyl treatments are beginning to seem like yellowing relics that should stay in the past. Today, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window coverings that allow you to update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds seemed innovative when they had little competition, but now we view them for their inefficiency rather than their advantages.

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

  • They easily tear down. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull apart a slat or snap a vane so they can’t rotate or open correctly.

  • They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with moisture or dirt.

  • They do not cover your windows. Because these window treatments sway and break so easily, they never seem closed.

What Are More Effective Window Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To replace your outdated vertical blinds, you have a slew of stylish options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare and heat loss. They completely seal off the window and they won’t be able to, which means 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 will also find an extra benefit of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can take over for your vertical blinds on large picture windows, as they are utilize a material that refreshes your decor. Available in many different colors, these treatments can block outside light by opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so sunlight light can brighten the room so it’s not so dark. Find more options for window shades in Washington DC.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks act like vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have the same headaches as vertical blinds though, as the panels are thicker and sturdier.

Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking to update your obsolete vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Washington DC Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with different samples to see what window treatment looks best for your space. The first step is to call 240-339-2588 for your no-cost consultation.