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10 Signs Your Window Treatments Need to be Replaced

Whether you go with shutters, blinds or shades for your residence, quality window treatments should last for decades. But, like the majority of other things in your home, they’ll ultimately need replacing, particularly if they no longer match your home.

For years, Louver Shop of Gulf Coast has specialized in producing durable custom window treatments here in the U.S. With the support of our pro design consultants, we make Gulf Coast residences like yours more stunning each day, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are wearing out, some hints are more apparent than others. Here are several clues that yours require replacement.

Plantation Shutters

While they could appear like a good deal at the time, imported plantation shutters are susceptible to needing replacement more quickly. This is since they’re often produced from low-cost materials.

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

Here are some of the most typical troubles that pop up when your plantation shutters are getting old.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Due to their energy efficiency, interior shutters are desirable in areas with intense heat and humidity. Unfortunately these elements make them more vulnerable to troubles with their finish, such as cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your house to look stunning, so when your shutters start doing this, it’s time to replace them.

2. Yellowing

You likely are aware the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s to blame for giving you a sunburn. They can also cause other harm to your shutters, like yellowing, over time. While you can refinish your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, particularly for wood models. You’ll need to unscrew them, strip the paint, meticulously repaint them and then put them back up. Since there’s a lot of things to remember, you might ruin your shutters altogether with streaky paint or bad reinstallation. This jeopardizes your shutters’ aesthetics, in addition to their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Excellent quality plantation shutters should hold their shape as time passes, even on expansive windows. When louvers begin warping or bending, we recommend replacing them.

4. Frequent Tightening Due to Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers are loose, they’ll have to have routine tightening or adjusting. This is a tedious task that isn’t needed when you have premium plantation shutters.


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

5. Suspended Cords

Dated styles of blinds are often controlled by cords, which isn’t the best idea for kids or pets. If these cords are fraying, it’s a hint that the mechanism could be wearing out. Modern custom blinds feature cordless operating systems and can even be adjusted with with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can take on a lot, but in some cases the louvers will break or permanently bend. In this case, you’re due to update your blinds. For a contemporary model that’s just as long-lasting, look at faux wood blinds, which look like wood but can withstand heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Drawn

It isn’t relevant what kind of horizontal blinds you have, the louvers should fit securely together when drawn. If this isn’t happening, you’re due to get updated ones.


Shades are a homeowner favorite as they’re fast to use and clean. They’re usually created from fabric, which can experience several problems as it ages. Here are a couple symptoms that you should get new shades.

8. Yellowing

Like plantation shutters, shades are also likely to fade or discolor from the sun’s UV rays. When the color gets washed out, you’re due to install new shades.

9. Frayed Sides

This is frequently due to inexperienced installation. If your shades aren’t sized correctly or hung wrong, the edges can rub when you raise and lower them. Eventually, these edges will come apart, making your shades look unsightly. At Louver Shop of Gulf Coast, we offer free measurements and professional installation to make sure your custom shades fit well.

10. Struggles to Raise or Lower

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like they should, it’s often because the operating system is giving out. When you call Louver Shop of Gulf Coast, you’ll have complete access to a large range of operating systems, including cordless and smart automation that adjusts your shades with a push of your smartphone.

Start Designing Your New Window Treatments Now

When you’re due to install new window treatments in Gulf Coast, turn to the design pros at Louver Shop of Gulf Coast. We live where you do, so we’re merely a call or text away. Our easy process gets started with design recommendations, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll wrap up the job in just a couple of weeks with pro installation.

To begin making your new window treatments, get in touch with us at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation today!

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