Is It Time To Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Minneapolis?

George Christ

In the seventies, homeowners in Minneapolis were searching for a window treatment that would sufficiently cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. These vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds emerged as a practical window treatment that employed long vinyl stats that were suspended from a track.

However, that was long ago, and these vinyl treatments are beginning to resemble out-of-date relics that should go back to the past. Today, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient treatments that let you update your windows and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds seemed innovative when they had little competition, but now we see them for their problems rather than their benefits.

Panel track blinds in modern living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • They clatter together. With a small draft from an air conditioner -- or even when someone brushes by -- they bang together.

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

  • They show wear and tear. Vertical blinds are usually composed of vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with moisture or dirt.

  • They don’t cover your windows. Because these window coverings swing and snap so easily, you can usually see some outside light, even when they are shut.


What Are Some Better Treatments Than Vertical Blinds?

To replace your antiquated vertical blinds, you have a slew of great options:

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  • Plantation Shutters: Unlike vertical blinds, plantation shutters never go out of style. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare and add privacy. They completely seal off the window so they won’t swing in the breeze or tear down easily. If you use a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you will also experience an extra benefit of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can replace your vertical blinds on full wall windows, as they are are constructed from a fabric material that modernizes your windows. Available in different colors, these treatments can effectively control light by opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also might use sheer material so outside light can illuminate the room when closed.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks work a lot like vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a suspended track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have similar issues as vertical blinds though, and the panels are bigger, more modern, and are made to overlap.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Inefficient Vertical Blinds

If you’re wanting to replace your old-fashioned vertical blinds, then you should call your Minneapolis Sunburst rep. We’ll show you different coverings to see what window treatment works for your windows. Just call for your free in-home consultation.