Blinds come in many different orientations. While the horizontal blinds are very common, other types such as vertical blinds, asymmetrical blinds, etc. are also quite popular. Each type has some advantages of its own. While horizontal blinds work great with regular windows and doors, if you happen to have big glass doors or windows, patio doors, etc. in the house, vertical blinds are better suited. You want the blinds to provide you better heat insulation and light-control while looking aesthetically pleasurable too.
There is an awesome variety available as far as options in blinds are concerned. But, as the saying goes, one size need not fit all. It is the same case with blinds too. You need to be aware of what your expectations are for your house. Accordingly, you should make your choice.
What are Vertical Blinds?
Vertical blinds consist of vertical slats that are attached to a sliding axle at the top of the headrail. These slats are also joined together through weights to ensure that these slats stay balanced irrespective of whether the blinds are fully extended or are nestled away at one corner of the window to allow more light to enter the room. These are normally operated via a wand or a cord but motorized options are also available which are far more convenient thanks to the scope for automation.
What are the Benefits of Having Vertical Blinds?
While horizontal blinds are well-suited for regular windows and doors, vertical blinds also have unique benefits that make them more suitable for big doors, large windows, sliding doors, etc. Let us look at some of the benefits of vertical blinds which make them a great choice:
• Better light-control: Vertical blinds offer a level of light-control that is simply unmatched by any other type of blinds. This is particularly true for large windows or doors such as the patio doors. These blinds have wider slats and since these open sideways, you can avail greater flexibility in terms of the amount of light you allow to enter the room.
• Better heat insulation: Large glass doors and windows, though they look great, also mean that more heat can enter inside the house. This can result in significantly higher heat gain. The vertical blinds, thanks to their wider slats, help prevent heat gain very effectively. This is why vertical blinds are preferred in houses with big windows.
• Easy to clean: Due to the vertical orientation of the slats, vertical blinds are easier to clean in comparison to horizontal blinds. You can use a brush or a vacuum cleaner for hassle-free cleaning.
• Energy-efficient: Since the vertical blinds are better at heat insulation, the air-conditioner or the thermostat installed in your house don’t have to overwork to keep the temperature inside the house at a comfortable level. This helps them run more efficiently which reflects in lower energy bills. You not only save money on the power bills but also on lower maintenance cost of you’re A.C. and thermostat.
What are the Demerits of Vertical Blinds?
While the vertical blinds have so many palpable benefits, these also have their own share of demerits that you should be aware of in case you are thinking about getting vertical blinds for your house. Knowing both the plus points and shortcomings of the same will help you make an informed decision. Let us look at some of the disadvantages of vertical blinds:
• Noise: One complaint that many users have is that vertical blinds are a bit noisy to operate, especially when there is wind gushing in through an open window or there is a thermal register near the blinds. This is not that big an issue but can be objectionable to some individuals. Hence, you should keep that in mind.
• The lower end of the blinds getting dirty: The vertical blinds often reach up till the floor and hence the lower end of the blinds can get dirty quite easily. This can be particularly annoying to some people.
• Not suitable for smaller windows: Due to their orientation and design, vertical blinds cover up most of the window space even when the blind slats are open. The wider slats block the view to a large extent too.
• Privacy issue: Since the vertical blinds have slats in a vertical orientation, the construction of the blinds allows for the creation of gaps especially when the blinds meet the wall. This gives the outsiders a chance to peep inside your home through such gaps and thereby hampering your privacy.
Do Blackout Vertical Blinds Work?
The answer to this question is not that straightforward but to put it in a nutshell, it is safe to say that blackout vertical blinds don’t work as effectively as desirable. The reason is very simple. Blackout blinds, while they provide good heat insulation, have privacy and complete blockage of light as their hallmark and this is where blackout vertical blinds are found to be lacking.
As discussed above, the vertical blinds, due to their design leave gaps in between the slats through which the light can enter and this somewhat undermines the blackout functionality of the blinds. The outsiders can also look inside the house through these gaps and hence, the vertical blinds don’t do that well at ensuring privacy inside the room.
However, this does not mean that vertical blinds are terrible as blackout blinds. These blinds do a good enough job as far as light-control, heat, and glare reduction are concerned. It is just that as blackout blinds, horizontal blinds perform better than the vertical blinds. It is mostly because of the design and construction of the vertical blinds. These blinds compensate for these shortcomings by providing useful benefits that are ideal for large windows and doors.