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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 last for a long time. But, like most other things in your home, they’ll ultimately need to be replaced, particularly if they no longer fit your style.

For years, Louver Shop of SE Texas has specialized in crafting durable custom window treatments here in the USA. With the help of our professional design consultants, we make Southeast Texas homes like yours more stunning daily, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are getting old, some signs are more apparent than others. Here are a few signs that yours need to be replaced.

Plantation Shutters

While they might feel like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing to be replaced more quickly. This is since they’re usually produced from low-cost materials.

At Louver Shop of SE Texas, we use furniture-grade woods and advanced polymer in our custom shutters, which are made to deliver many years of trouble-free enjoyment. They’re warrantied against some of the most typical issues and come with a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most common troubles that occur when your plantation shutters are getting old.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Since they’re energy efficient, interior shutters are often installed in locations with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these elements make them more likely to have problems with their finish, including cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your home to look beautiful, so when your shutters start doing this, it’s time to install new ones.

2. Yellowing

You typically are aware the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s responsible for turning your skin red. They can also cause other discoloration to your shutters, like yellowing, as time passes. While you can refurbish your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, especially for wood shutters. You’ll have to take them down, get rid of the paint, carefully repaint them and then hang them again. Because there’s so many steps, you run the risk of ruining your shutters altogether with streaky paint or bad reinstallation. This undermines your shutters’ look, in addition to their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Good quality plantation shutters should hold their shape as the years pass, even on big windows. When louvers begin to warp or bend, you should replace them.

4. Frequent Tightening Since They’re Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers aren’t tight enough, they’ll need regular tightening or adjusting. This is a time-wasting chore that isn’t required when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are rank high among the most desired styles for window blinds, because they’re affordable, versatile and durable. Unfortunately, they won’t last forever, so here are several clues that yours require replacement.

5. Dangling Cords

Dated kinds of blinds are usually controlled by a set of cords, which isn’t the best idea for kids or pets. If these cords are frayed, it’s a hint that the mechanism could be wearing out. Updated custom blinds feature cord-free operating systems and can even be raised and lowered with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can withstand a lot, but in some cases the louvers will snap or permanently bend. In this case, you should replace your blinds. For an updated style that’s just as hardy, check out faux wood blinds, which are like wood but can stand up to heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Drawn

Regardless of what style of horizontal blinds you rely on, the louvers should fit snugly together when drawn. If this isn’t happening, you should get updated ones.


Shades are a homeowner favorite because they’re fast to use and clean. They’re typically created from fabric, which can have a few problems as it gets older. Here are several clues that you’re due to replace your shades.

8. Fading

Like plantation shutters, shades are also vulnerable to fading or discoloring because of the sun’s UV rays. When the color turns lighter out, it’s time to install new shades.

9. Damaged Corners

This is often caused by inexperienced installation. If your shades aren’t sized right or installed wrong, the edges can scuff when you move them up and down. Ultimately, these edges will fray, making your shades look worn out. At Louver Shop of SE Texas, we give free measurements and professional installation to ensure your custom shades fit well.

10. Hard 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 breaking down. When you partner with Louver Shop of SE Texas, you’ll get complete access to an extensive range of operating systems, including cordless and smart automation that raises and lowers your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Get Started Making Your New Window Treatments Right Away

When you’re due to install new window treatments in Southeast Texas, trust the design professionals at Louver Shop of SE Texas. We live where you do, so we’re just a call or text away. Our simple process gets started with design assistance, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll wrap up the job in just several weeks with professional installation.

To start making your new window treatments, get in touch with us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation right away!

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