By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A vertical blind is a popular window treatment for sliding glass doors and windows because it provides privacy that can be controlled like a horizontal blind with vanes that open, close and fold away stacked on one side. To operate you use a pull cord wand that adjusts the angle and movement of the vanes.
These can be light-filtering or room-darkening and made of vinyl or covered in fabric that matches a header valance installed across the top. You'll find vertical blinds sold at home and design centers in a variety of sizes to fit different shape windows.
A handyman will charge $321 to install a good quality vertical blind on a 6-foot wide by 7-foot high patio door. This includes labor and material. You can buy the blind and wall anchors for $130 and install it yourself, pocketing a 60 percent saving. You'll need an electric drill and bits, screwdriver, tape measure and a ladder. It helps to have someone on hand to hold one end of the blind while you work on the other.
If you have little kids, choose a vertical blind with a safety wand that eliminates the looped pull cord and keeps it out of a toddler's reach and harm's way.
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Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020