Problems With Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are a common window treatment for large expansive windows as well as sliding glass doors. Their ability to cover large areas and the option of installing them above the window like a curtain rod or concealing them within the window frame has made vertical blinds an excellent choice for window décor. Some problems are associated with vertical blinds that you may want to consider before buying them.


Vertical blinds are offered in different materials, colors and patterns, but the style remains the same.

Three types of vertical blinds are on the market that you may encounter mechanical problems with. The most common type of vertical blind operates using a chain to adjust the tilt and a cord to draw the blinds back. The chain can sometimes get stuck, and the pulley system of the cord may get dirty and function improperly. Usually these are quick fixes that even a novice handyman can repair.

A wand system is used for some vertical blinds. The wand twists to adjust the tilt; to open the blinds you simply push the wand towards the blinds to open them or away to close them. Mechanical problems with the wand system include malfunctions with the roller ball or with the wand coming loose from the hook that secures it to the roller ball.

With automatic vertical blinds, you may encounter problems with the remote control sensors or other technical glitches. With all types of vertical blinds, the track on which the panels slide back and forth may become dirty, leading to problems with opening and closing the blinds.

Insulation and Ventilation

Vertical blinds do not provide the same level of insulation that curtains offer. Cold or hot air will flow freely in the spaces between the slats and into the room. If you depend on your window treatments to provide added insulation, vertical blinds are not the best option. An advantage to vertical blinds is the ability to control the amount and direction of light coming into the room by adjusting the tilt of the vertical panels. In addition, many people choose blinds because they can open the window for ventilation but still leave the blinds closed to block out the light. The problem is that the blinds may become damaged or break if there is much wind outside. The air flowing in the window also causes the panels to bang into one another, causing an unnecessary noise. Some blind styles were developed with chains along the bottom to reduce this. The chains linked the panels together, but too much slack in the chains rendered them basically useless and they are rarely seen on newer blinds.

Design Style

Vertical blinds have their advantages and disadvantages, but one of the biggest drawbacks is incorporating them into a design scheme. They are available in different materials, colors and patterns, but the design always remains the same. Curtains offer different textures and the ability to layer different fabrics to create artistic window décor. Vertical blinds are a bit boring when it comes to design.


The quality of vertical blinds varies somewhat. Some problems associated with less expensive brands include discoloration due to sun exposure as well as panels that become weak at the top from too much sunlight exposure or repetitive movement, causing them to break and require replacement.


The track of the vertical blinds is measured to fit the top of a window, and unusual sizes are often custom ordered. Vertical blinds are not airtight, and, whereas curtains usually extend beyond the width of the window, vertical blinds do not. These gaps at the end of the vertical blinds, as well as the spaces between panels, can compromise your privacy.

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