Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Austin?

Tyler Jorgensen

In the seventies, homeowners in Austin were searching for a window treatment that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds became a useful window covering that employed long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, now that we are firmly situated in the 21st century, these once trendy treatments are beginning to seem like yellowing relics that should go back to the past. Now, there are cleaner and more energy-efficient window coverings that help you update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Trouble With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds may have been cool in the 1970s, but now we see them for their annoyances rather than their benefits.

Panel track blinds in bright living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • They’re noisy. With a modest breeze from a vent -- or even when someone wanders by -- they clank together.

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

  • They show dirt and stains. Vertical blinds are usually derived of vinyl that yellows, fades, and over time will get stained with moisture or dirt.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window coverings swing and snap so easily, it’s not unusual to see sunlight peek through the sides or a missing slat.


What Are More Stylish Window Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To improve your outdated vertical blinds, you have plenty of stylish options:

Plantation shutters in kitchen

  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare and add privacy. They completely seal off the window so 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 get an extra benefit of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are utilize a material that updates your windows. Available in many different colors, these coverings can stop outside light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so outside light can light up the room when closed. Find more options for window shades in Austin.

Panel tracks in sunroom
  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have the same headaches as vertical blinds though, and the panels are larger, more current, and are made to overlap.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Replace Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing your obsolete vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Austin Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with a variety of samples to see what window treatment works for your windows. Just call for your no-cost consultation.