Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Southern California?

Kimball Jones

In the seventies, homeowners in Southern California were searching for a window covering that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as an efficient window covering that used long vinyl stats that hung loosely from a track.

However, now that we are firmly situated in another century, these useful treatments are starting to seem like out-of-date relics that should stay in the past.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 seemed groovy in the 70s, but now we know them for their inefficiency rather than their benefits.

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

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

  • They show wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually made from vinyl that yellows, fades, and over time will get stained with dust, dirt, and grime.

  • They don’t cover your windows. Because these window treatments swing and tear down so easily, you can usually see some light, even when they are supposed to be closed.


What Are More Stylish 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 are timeless. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare while adding a layer of privacy. They fully encase the window so they won’t swing in the breeze or break easily. If you use a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also experience an extra layer of energy efficiency.


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

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they drape down from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t experience the same headaches as vertical blinds though, as the panels are larger and more substantial.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Outdated Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing your out-of-date vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Southern California Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with a variety of products to see what window treatment looks best for your space. The first step is to call for your no-cost consultation.