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When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Hartford?

August 13, 2019

In the seventies, homeowners in Hartford looked for a window treatment that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as an efficient window treatment that utilized long vinyl stats that hung loosely from a track.

However, we abandoned the 70s along with 8-Tracks and CB radios, and these useful treatments are starting to resemble old-fashioned relics that should remain in the past. Today, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient treatments that let you update your decor and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

While vertical blinds were novel in the 70s, now we view them for their problems rather than their advantages.

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  • They clatter together. With a modest draft from an air conditioner -- or even when someone walks by -- they clang together.

  • They are brittle. One small tug or bump and you can pull apart a slat or misalign a vane so they don’t rotate or open like they should.

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

  • They do not cover your windows. Because these window treatments swing and tear down so easily, it’s not unusual to see light come in through the sides or a torn down slat.

What Are More Effective Coverings 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To replace your outdated vertical blinds, you have a slew of stylish options: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 always trending. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare and add privacy. They fully fill the window so they won’t swing in the breeze or tear down easily. If you pick a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also find an extra layer of energy efficiency.

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  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are utilize a fabric material that refreshes your decor. Available in different colors, these coverings can effectively control outside light by sliding top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also might use sheer material so sunlight light can light up the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Hartford.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks can resemble vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have similar issues as vertical blinds though, with their substantial, overlapping panels.

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 Hartford Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with plenty of coverings to see what window treatment works for your windows. It takes just one call 860-266-5459 for your no-cost consultation.