Are vertical blinds still in style?

Are vertical blinds still in style? 


Do you need window treatments in your home and considering installing vertical blinds? This is the warning post for you! 

Are vertical blinds still in style?
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Vertical blinds are still somewhat popular within the window treatment industry. Even tho they reached their prime time in the 90s, we occasionally get requests to install vertical blinds from clients.

First of all, at SunCoast Blinds we work with a design-by-education approach. What does that mean? In addition to achieving the look our clients ask for, we also make sure the window treatment has the functionality needed for their space. Depending on the opening, this can be light control, heat control, privacy, or a design element. By educating our clients, we can show them what products would serve a higher purpose for their space. Compared to a lot of other companies that will sell any product the customer asks for, we believe that making a more educated decision will lead to happier clients. This is why we only use superior products, which have proven will stand the test of time.

As a window treatment company that has been around for over 30 years, we will NOT sell or install vertical blinds to our customers, and here’s our reasons why:


Save yourself the headache of repair and service calls

It doesn’t matter what level of quality your vertical blinds are. They will require service calls, yes plural. If you don’t believe me; look at the most common search results from Google search:

vertical blinds repair

Why is this the case? 

Vertical blinds have three “weak” spots on each vane. Vanes are the slats attached at the top of the valance, hanging down to the bottom (vertically, as the name suggests). To cover a regular-size slider, each vertical blind will contain approximately 25 vanes, leaving you with 75 “weak” spots.

What do we mean by weak spots? The potential spots the vertical blind could break. The first spot is the scissors, this will allow the vanes to move from left to right. The second spot is the gear pins, that allow the vanes to rotate and the third spot is the vanes clamps/pins/holders that attach the vane at the top of the valance.

Over the years, these spots get weaker and eventually need repairs. Unfortunately, the usually don’t break all at once, leaving you with multiple similar service calls but for different vanes. Assuming that you have to pay someone for the repair and the parts, the fact that vertical blinds are cheaper to purchase initially, won’t make up for the fees you will have to pay going forward.


Forces you to give up your view for privacy

To achieve full privacy with your vertical blinds, they need to be in a closed position. As you open the vanes to let in light from either the left or the right side, you are also allowing bypassers to view one side of your room. In other words, you’re creating privacy for half the room, while the other half is open for people to see in.

Compared to horizontal blinds or plantation shutters that open and close the slats horizontally, allowing a good view out and still have privacy from anyone looking into your space. By tilting the louvers up towards your ceiling, you can see outside your window, but no one can see inside. The opposite would be true if you tilt your louvers down. This is why it’s so important to know how you should operate your window coverings for the best result.


Doesn’t provide UV protection for your flooring and furniture

The same principle that applies to privacy, applies to the UV protection of your home. If you open the vanes, the sun will hit your floor, furniture, and ceiling on the one open side, while protecting the other half of the room. In comparison: horizontal blinds and shutters in open position as proposed (slats tilting up) will direct the sunlight up towards your ceiling, still offering protection for your furniture and flooring while allowing you to see out. To create the same protection with vertical blinds you would have to keep them in the closed position, giving up your view and natural light.


Takes up space on the wall in the open position

If you want to use your patio door or window, you have to slide the entire vertical blind over to the side of your window or wall. This will leave a stack of vanes fully visible at all times. At SunCoast Blinds we don’t think it’s a visually pleasing addition to a home and prefer window treatments that either disappear altogether when not in use, or that always add a beautiful visual element to the room.


Noisy and gets caught easily

The nature of a free-hanging PVC vertical blind is that any exterior influence will cause it to rattle or make an unpleasant noise in your living space. People tend to walk through closed vertical blinds- due to laziness. This is not ideal and will lead to premature broken blinds. The same is true for not fully moving the blind going in and out a door, causing it to get stuck, dinged, and dirty. Don’t get us started on the nightmare of vertical blinds in conjunction with kids or pets.

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What to choose instead of vertical blinds

After sharing our reasons against vertical blinds, you are probably wondering what products we use instead.
At SunCoast Blinds we love the look and all the benefits that plantation shutters and the motorized screen shades provide. 

Read more about our favorites and why they’re superior here:

3 Best Window Coverings for Your Sliding Glass Doors

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