When Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In San Antonio?08/13/2019Tyler Jorgensen In the past, homeowners in San Antonio looked for a window covering that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. Hence, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds came onto the scene as an efficient window treatment that employed long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track. However, that was ancient history, and these useful treatments are beginning to resemble yellowing relics that should remain in the past. Today, there are cleaner and more energy-efficient window coverings that allow you to update your decor and replace those vertical blinds. The Problems With Vertical Blinds Vertical blinds looked ok when they had little competition, but now we view them for their inefficiency rather than their advantages. They’re noisy. With a small breeze from an air conditioner -- or even when someone brushes by -- they clang together. They break easily. You can easily pull down a slat or misalign a vane so they don’t rotate or open right. They show fingerprints and dust. Vertical blinds are usually made from vinyl that yellows, fades, and can become stained with dust, dirt, and grime. They don’t cover your windows. Because these window treatments sway and snap so easily, it’s not uncommon to see outside light leak through the sides or the gap from a broken slat. What Are Some Better Window Treatments Than Vertical Blinds? To replace your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have a slew of wonderful options: Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are always trending. With their solid louvers, plantation shutters will easily protect against sun glare and heat loss. 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 experience an extra benefit of energy efficiency. Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are made from a fabric material that modernizes your window treatments. Available in many different colors, these window treatments can block light by sliding top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also can come in sheer material so outside light can light up the room so it’s not so dark. Find more options for window shades in San Antonio. Panel Tracks: Panel tracks can resemble vertical blinds, as they are attached to a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have the same headaches as vertical blinds though, and the panels are bigger, more modern, and are designed to overlap. Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds If you’re looking to update your old-fashioned vertical blinds, then you should call your San Antonio Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with a variety of samples to see what window treatment works for your home. Just call for your in-home consultation.