Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Cleveland?

Nate Gromen

In the past, homeowners in Cleveland needed a window covering that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became an efficient window treatment that used long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track.

However, we abandoned the 70s along with leisure suits and mood rings, and these once trendy treatments are starting to resemble old-fashioned relics that should go back to the past. Now, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window coverings that let you update your decor and replace those vertical blinds.

The Trouble With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds seemed innovative when they were the only game in town, but now we view them for their problems rather than their benefits.

Panel track blinds in airy living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • The slats bang together. With a modest draft from the AC -- or even when someone brushes by -- they clang together.

  • They break easily. It’s not unusual to accidentally pull apart a slat or misalign a vane so they can’t rotate or open right.

  • They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually derived of 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, it’s not abnormal to see light peek through the sides or a torn down slat.


What Are More Effective Window Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To replace your antiquated vertical blinds, you have a slew of great options:

Plantation shutters in kitchen

  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters never go out of style. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare and add privacy. They fully encase the window so they won’t sway in the breeze or snap off easily. If you choose a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also get an extra benefit of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can take over for your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are utilize a fabric material that modernizes your windows. Available in a variety of colors, these window treatments can stop outside light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also might use sheer material so sunlight light can brighten the room without the glare.

Panel tracks in sunroom
  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks act like vertical blinds, as they are attached to a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels don’t experience the same headaches as vertical blinds though, as the panels are bigger and sturdier.


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

If you’re thinking of replacing your old-fashioned vertical blinds, then just call your Cleveland Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with a variety of coverings to see what window treatment works for your space. It takes just one call for your free in-home consultation.