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10 Signs Your Window Treatments Should be Replaced

Whether you go with shutters, blinds or shades for your residence, quality window treatments should be enjoyed for many years. But, like most other things in your house, they’ll eventually need updating, especially if they no longer fit your style.

For years, Louver Shop of Louisville has specialized in producing durable custom window treatments here in the USA. With the assistance of our experienced design consultants, we make Louisville homes like yours more gorgeous each day, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are getting old, some signs are more clear than others. Here are several signs that yours require replacement.

Plantation Shutters

While they may appear like a good deal at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing replacement sooner. This is due to the fact they’re often made from cheaper materials.

At Louver Shop of Louisville, we use furniture-grade woods and thick polymer in our custom shutters, which are created to give many years of trouble-free performance. They’re warrantied against some of the most frequent problems and come with a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most typical issues that pop up when your plantation shutters are aging.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Due to their energy efficiency, interior shutters are popular in areas with extreme heat and humidity. Unfortunately these climates make them more vulnerable to issues with their finish, including cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your home to look its best, so if your shutters begin doing this, it’s time to get new ones.

2. Yellowing

You typically know the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s to blame for turning your skin red. They can also create other damage to your shutters, including yellowing, as the years pass. While it’s possible to refurbish your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, particularly for wood ones. You’ll have to remove them, strip the paint, carefully repaint them and then hang them again. Because there’s many things to do, you might ruin your shutters completely with streaky paint or bad reinstallation. This undermines your shutters’ appearance, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Excellent quality plantation shutters should hold their shape as time passes, even on tall windows. When louvers begin to warp or bend, it’s time to replace them.

4. Frequent Tightening Due to Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers aren’t tight enough, they’ll require regular tightening or adjusting. This is a tedious task that isn’t required when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are rank high among the most desired styles for window blinds, since they’re affordable, versatile and durable. Unfortunately, they will not last forever, so here are a few signs that yours need to be replaced.

5. Long Cords

Older styles of blinds are usually controlled by cords, which isn’t safe for kids or pets. If these cords are fraying, it’s a hint that the mechanism may be giving out. Modern custom blinds feature no-cord operating systems and can even be raised and lowered with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can withstand a lot, but sometimes the louvers will snap or permanently bend. In this case, you’re due to replace your blinds. For an updated look that’s just as durable, look at faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can withstand heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Drawn

It isn’t relevant what kind of horizontal blinds you use, the louvers should fit tightly together when closed. If this isn’t the case, you should replace them.


Shades are well-loved by homeowners since they’re easy to use and clean. They’re usually made from fabric, which can have a number of troubles as the years pass. Here are a few clues that you should get new shades.

8. Yellowing

Like plantation shutters, shades are also likely to fade or discolor because of the sun’s UV rays. When the color turns bleached out, it’s time to order new shades.

9. Damaged Corners

This is frequently caused by inexperienced installation. If your shades aren’t sized correctly or hung wrong, the edges can scuff when you raise and lower them. At some point, these edges will unravel, making your shades look bad. At Louver Shop of Louisville, we give free measurements and professional installation to make sure your custom shades fit just right.

10. Struggles to Raise or Lower

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like when they were newer, it’s often because the operating system is giving out. When you partner with Louver Shop of Louisville, you’ll enjoy total access to a wide range of operating systems, like cordless and smart automation that raises and lowers your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Get Started Designing Your New Window Treatments Today

When you’re due to replace your window treatments in Louisville, turn to the design specialists at Louver Shop of Louisville. We are members of your community, so we’re just a call or text away. Our easy process starts with design help, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll wrap up the job in just a couple of weeks with professional installation.

To get started making your new window treatments, call us at 888-428-1415 to get your free consultation today!

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