When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Honolulu?08/13/2019Darren Wong In the past, homeowners in Honolulu looked for a window covering that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a practical window covering that employed long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track. However, that was a long, long time ago, and these once trendy treatments are starting to seem like old-fashioned relics that should remain in the past. Instead, there are more stylish and more energy-efficient treatments that allow you to update your windows and replace those vertical blinds. The Trouble With Vertical Blinds Vertical blinds may have been far out in the 70s, but now we see them for their problems rather than their advantages. The slats bang together. With the slightest draft from an air conditioner -- or even when someone walks by -- they clang together. They are brittle. You can easily pull off a slat or misalign a vane so they don’t rotate or open correctly. They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with fingerprints and water spots. They do not cover your windows. Because these window coverings swing and snap so easily, they never appear fully closed. What Are Some Better Coverings Than Vertical Blinds? To improve your outdated vertical blinds, you have plenty of stylish options: Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters never go out of style. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare while adding a layer of privacy. They fully encase the window so they won’t sway in the breeze or break easily. If you use a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also find an extra layer of energy efficiency. Cellular shades: Cell shades can take over for your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are made from a fabric material that modernizes your decor. Available in many different colors, these coverings can block outside light by pulling top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so sunlight light can illuminate the room without the glare. Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have the same problems as vertical blinds though, and the panels are bigger, more modern, and are made to overlap. Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Get Rid Of Your Old Vertical Blinds If you’re wanting to replace your obsolete vertical blinds, then just call your Honolulu Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with plenty of coverings to see what window treatment looks best for your windows. Just call for your no-cost consultation.