We get it. Vertical blinds aren’t the coolest window treatment. Often overlooked, often underappreciated, vertical blinds are some of the most practical window treatments around. What makes vertical blinds so practical and what are the advantges? 1) Perfect for Sliding Glass or Patio Doors Finding a blind for sliding glass doors or patio doors can prove to be difficult. Blinds for sliding glass doors and patio doors need to open from side-to-side (just as the door does), and need to be durable and easy to clean since doors are usually higher traffic areas. If you’re looking for a window covering that slides from side to side and offers louvers or vanes that can be tilted to allow various degrees of light in, then there’s really only one choice: vertical blinds. So when it comes to patio or sliding glass door window treatments, the product that will provide the most versatility is a vertical blind. 2) Ideal for Wide Windows Finding window coverings for wide windows can also prove challenging. The majority of window treatments are operated in an up and down fashion, making the weight of a blind or shade a primary concern. At a certain weight a blind or shade will simply be too heavy to be lifted. The larger the window treatment, the heavier it will be. Consequently, windows that are either very wide or very tall will be difficult to cover with one shade. The side-to-side operation of a vertical blind makes it such that weight is not a concern. Vertical blinds are able to cover windows as large as 16 foot using one headrail. A window of this size would require multiple blinds or shades if any other product beside a vertical blind were used. When it comes to window treatments for wide windows, vertical blinds are the best solution. 3) Easy to Clean Any vinyl window treatment will be a breeze to clean, cleaning shouldn’t require much more than a damp cloth. If ease of cleaning is a concern or if you have pets, we would not recommend fabric vanes! That said, due to their design, vertical blinds don’t typically accumulate dust and dirt in the same way that standard, horizontal blinds or shades do. 4) Affordability Vertical blinds are one of the most affordable window coverings. If you’re looking at comparable products – such as a roller shade panel track system, a woven wood panel track system, or a cellular shade vertical slider – vertical blinds will be priced substantially lower. Even if you’re considering using vertical blinds for a standard window (and not a sliding glass or patio door), they’ll still be one of the most affordable options on the board. So there you have it! That’s why we love vertical blinds. If you’ve fallen in love with vertical blinds too, contact us today at (352) 238-1678 for a FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE.