Should You Replace Those Outdated Vertical Blinds In Indianapolis?

Bill Burke

In the seventies, homeowners in Indianapolis looked for a window covering that would fully cover large, picture windows and sliding glass doors. So, vertical -- or Venetian -- blinds came onto the scene as an efficient window covering that used long vinyl stats that hung loosely from a track.

However, we left the 70s behind with disco pants and pet rocks, and these once trendy treatments are beginning to seem like out-of-date relics that should stay in the past. Now, there are beautiful and more energy-efficient window coverings that help you update your rooms and replace those vertical blinds.

The Issues With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds may have seemed groovy in the 70s, but now we see them for their inefficiency rather than their benefits.

Panel track blinds in bright living room Plantation shutters on sliding door
  • They’re noisy. With the slightest breeze from an air conditioner -- or even when someone brushes by -- they bang together.

  • They break easily. You can easily pull off a slat or misalign a vane so they don’t rotate or open correctly.

  • They show dirt and stains. Vertical blinds are usually made from vinyl that yellows, fades, and can easily get stained with dust, dirt, and grime.

  • They do not cover your windows. Because these window treatments swing and snap so easily, it’s not uncommon to see sunlight peek through the sides or a torn down slat.


What Are More Stylish Window 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 always trending. With their durable louvers, plantation shutters will stop sun glare and heat loss. They fully fill the window and they won’t be able to, which means they won’t sway in the breeze or tear down easily. If you use a faux wood plantation shutter, like our Polywood® shutters, then you’ll also experience an extra layer of energy efficiency.


  • Cellular shades: Cell shades can take over for your vertical blinds on big windows, as they are utilize a fabric material that updates your decor. Available in a variety of colors, these window treatments can block outside light by opening and closing top-down or bottom-up. Cell shades also are available in sheer material so natural light can illuminate the room so it’s not so dark. Find more options for window shades in Indianapolis.

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  • Panel Tracks: Panel tracks act like vertical blinds, as they hang loosely from a overhead track. These wood or fabric panels aren’t shown to have the same problems as vertical blinds though, as the panels are larger and sturdier.


Let Sunburst Shutters Help You Modernize Your Old Vertical Blinds

If you’re looking to update your obsolete vertical blinds, then it’s time to call your Indianapolis Sunburst rep. We’ll come to you with a variety of coverings to see what window treatment is best for your windows. It takes just one call for your no-cost consultation.