Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Tampa?

Eric Ramsey

In the past, homeowners in Tampa were searching for a window treatment that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a practical window covering that used long vinyl stats that loosely hung down from a track.

However, we left the 70s behind with leisure suits and mood rings, and these vinyl treatments are beginning to resemble out-of-date relics that should go back to the past. Now, there are cleaner and more energy-efficient window coverings that let you update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

While vertical blinds were cutting edge in the 70s, now we see them for their inefficiency rather than their benefits.

Panel track blinds in bright living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • The slats bang together. With a modest breeze from an air conditioner -- or even when someone walks by -- they clang together.

  • They break easily. One small tug or bump and you can pull off a slat or misalign a vane so they can’t rotate or open right.

  • They show dirt and stains. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with fingerprints and water spots.

  • They won’t adequately cover your windows. Because these window treatments sway and break so easily, they never seem closed.


What Are Some Better Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To update your old-fashioned vertical blinds, you have a variety of wonderful options:

Plantation shutters in kitchen

  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters are timeless. With their thick louvers, plantation shutters will block sun glare while adding a layer of privacy. They fully fill the window so they won’t swing in the breeze or break easily. If you pick a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also get an extra benefit of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can supplant your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are are constructed from a material that refreshes your decor. Available in many different colors, these window treatments can stop light by opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so outside light can brighten the room without the glare.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks can resemble vertical blinds, as they are attached to a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels don’t have the same problems as vertical blinds though, as the panels are thicker and more substantial.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Old Vertical Blinds

If you’re thinking of replacing your out-of-date vertical blinds, then just call your Tampa Sunburst rep. We’ll bring you different coverings to see what window treatment is best for your windows. Just call for your in-home consultation.