Is It Time To Upgrade Your Blinds?10/02/2018Tyler Jorgensen You upgrade from shag carpets to berber rugs, from linoleum to bamboo flooring, from paneled walls to painted walls. So when should you upgrade from your department store blinds? There are a number of signs that now is the time to upgrade your blinds, and a number of options for replacement window treatments in Austin. Let’s learn more. 3 Signs You Should Upgrade from Blinds in Austin Some signs are more easy to see than others, but each of these signs are probably telling you to move on from your blinds. Your Room Is Often Too Hot or Cold If your heater or air conditioner are frequently on but your room still isn’t a comfortable temperature, it may be the windows. The majority of heat loss is at the windows, and blinds are some of the least energy-efficient window treatments. Switch to a more energy efficient window treatment like Polywood plantation shutters or Honeycomb shades for superior heat blocking and a comfier room. Photo Courtesy of Finishing Touch Decor by Jenny Your Room Style Is Still in the Past Do your windows sometimes remind you of your parent’s house? It can be hard to incorporate the latest style trends, but if your style is stuck in the past by several years, your guests will notice. So you have two options: you can update to the latest trends as they occur each season, or pick a window treatment that won’t go out of style. Plantation shutters in Austin homes stand the test of time, as do classic window treatments like natural wood blinds or full draperies. Your Blinds Are Prone to Wear and Tear Most off-the-shelf blinds show signs of heavy use within the first year or two. Bent or broken slats, shortened cords, grimy blinds, they all serve to make your windows look less than stellar. Upgrading to a stronger, longer-lasting window treatment can keep your windows looking great. The Best Picks for Upgrading From Blinds in Austin When it’s time to say goodbye to mini blinds, choose from one of these window treatments, taking into account your home’s style. Replacing Blinds with Plantation Shutters Shutters are a popular choice when Austin homeowners upgrade from blinds. Their style is timeless, they tend to be sturdier than other window treatments, and depending on how they’re built can help block a huge amount of energy loss. Replacing Blinds with Cellular Shades Another great blind upgrade are cellular (or honeycomb) shades. They’re built to trap more heat than normal shades, are simple to use, and offer a ton of options in the way of colors, patterns, fabrics and more. Replacing Blinds with Panel Tracks If you’re trying to replace vertical blinds, then panel tracks (or panel track blinds) might be right for you. They hang down from a rail like traditional vertical blinds, but move much more easily and look more stylish because of their large fabric panels instead of thin blind slats. Give Your Blinds an Upgrade Today Make the decision to upgrade your home from cheap blinds today. Call Sunburst Shutters Austin at 512-549-6077 to receive a free in-home estimate from one of our window treatment professionals, or use the form below!