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Is it Time to Replace Your Vertical Window Blinds?

Vertical window blinds in Panama City Beach, FL are probably installed somewhere in your home. Perhaps you have a large picture window that has vertical (also known as venetian) window blinds installed on it. More likely, you have a glass sliding door that has vertical window blinds installed.

While vertical window blinds are a practical and easy window treatment to use on oversized windows and on sliding glass doors, they wear over time. Slats get broken or warped, making them harder to open and close. Perhaps some of the slats are missing, so the window blinds don’t even provide the kind of privacy you bought them for.

While your vertical window blinds have served their purpose for many years, it’s time to think about replacing them with new beautiful and more energy efficient window coverings.

While vertical window blinds were the most practical solution for large windows and sliding glass doors when they were introduced in the late 1960’s, they also have some inherent issues that can make them less and less an attractive window covering option as time goes by.

One issue is that the slats can get stuck or twisted, and make opening or closing the vertical window blinds impossible until you physically reach up and unstick or untwist the offending slat.

Another issue with vertical window blinds is that they make noise when they are closed. If you used vertical window blinds on a sliding glass door or large window where you also have a screen installed, so you can have them open for ventilation, the vertical window blinds will clang together at the slightest breeze or even if someone passes close by them.

Vertical window blinds also break easily. All it takes is someone to brush by them or tug on them a little too hard and the slats can break or the vane snaps and then they don’t rotate or open they way they are supposed to.

If you’ve had your vertical window blinds up for several years, you’ll notice that they show a lot of wear and tear. Because most vertical window blinds are made with vinyl, it’s easy for visible dirt to build up over time.

So, now you’ve decided to replace your vertical window blinds. What window treatments work as well or better than they do?

Plantation window shutters are a better alternative than vertical window blinds for windows that are oversized. With their timeless trendiness and their availability in many types of materials and colors, plantation window shutters give you a lot of benefits that vertical window blinds don’t. They are durable, so they won’t move when you have the windows open for ventilation.

Additionally, plantation window shutters add an extra layer of insulation to windows, so they will keep the internal temperature of your rooms more consistently comfortable.

Another great option to replace vertical window blinds on large windows is cellular shades. Cellular window shades update any décor and they can be manufactured with different variations of light filtering, so you can choose the one that works best in the room where you are going to install them.

A fantastic alternative to vertical window blinds for sliding glass doors is sliding panels. These are track window blinds that are easy to use and come in a large variety of fabric choices.

If you’d like to learn more about window blinds in Panama City Beach, FL, you can speak with our experienced staff at McNeill Palm. You can come to our showroom at 1191 N. Elgin Pkwy, Ste. C, Shalimar, FL 32579, or you can call us at (850) 613-6228.