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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 work for decades. But, like many other things in your house, they’ll one day need replacing, even more so if they no longer complement your home.

For years, Louver Shop of Charleston has specialized in making well-made custom window treatments here in the U.S. With the support of our professional design consultants, we make Charleston homes like yours more gorgeous every day, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are wearing out, some hints are more noticeable than others. Here are a couple of hints that yours are needing to be replaced.

Plantation Shutters

While they may appear like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are liable to needing to be replaced faster. This is due to the fact they’re often manufactured from cheaper materials.

At Louver Shop of Charleston, we use furniture-grade woods and advanced polymer in our custom shutters, which are designed to provide many years of trouble-free enjoyment. They’re protected against some of the most frequent troubles and come with a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most frequent problems that occur when your plantation shutters are aging.

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 issues with their finish, such as cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your residence to look beautiful, so once your shutters are doing this, it’s time to install new ones.

2. Yellowing

You typically are aware the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s the cause of burning your skin. They can also cause other damage to your shutters, including yellowing, over time. While it’s possible to refinish your plantation shutters, it’s a long process, even more so for wood ones. You’ll be required to remove them, strip the paint, meticulously repaint them and then hang them again. Since there’s so many things to remember, you could ruin your shutters totally with uneven paint or poor reinstallation. This undermines your shutters’ look, in addition to their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Premium plantation shutters should keep their shape as time passes, even on big windows. When louvers start to warp or bend, you should replace them.

4. Often Tightening Because of Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers are loose, they’ll have to have routine tightening or adjusting. This is a time-wasting job 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 won’t last forever, so here are a few symptoms that yours require replacement.

5. Long Cords

Dated styles of blinds are typically controlled by cords, which isn’t the best idea for kids or pets. If these cords are starting to fray, it’s a hint that the mechanism could be wearing out. Modern custom blinds feature cord-free operating systems and can even be opened and closed with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can endure a lot, but sometimes the louvers will fracture or permanently bend. In this case, it’s time to replace your blinds. For an updated model that’s just as durable, check out faux wood blinds, which are like wood but can resist heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

It isn’t relevant what kind of horizontal blinds you rely on, the louvers should fit securely together when drawn. If this isn’t the case, it’s time to get new ones.


Shades are well-loved by homeowners since they’re fast to use and clean. They’re often made from fabric, which can have several problems as the years pass. Here are several symptoms that you’re due to install new shades.

8. Discoloration

Like plantation shutters, shades are also susceptible to fading or discoloration due to the sun’s UV rays. When the color gets lighter out, you should install new shades.

9. Frayed Sides

This is frequently caused by improper installation. If your shades aren’t sized right or hung wrong, the edges can rub when you pull them up and down. At some point, these edges will unravel, making your shades look worn out. At Louver Shop of Charleston, we offer free measurements and skilled installation to make sure your custom shades fit great.

10. Has Trouble Raising or Lowering

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like when they were newer, it’s likely because the operating system is wearing out. When you call Louver Shop of Charleston, you’ll enjoy complete access to an extensive range of operating systems, including cordless and smart automation that moves your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Get Started Creating Your New Window Treatments Now

When it’s time to replace your window treatments in Charleston, rely on the design pros at Louver Shop of Charleston. We are members of your community, so we’re merely a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process gets started with design suggestions, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll finish the job in just a few weeks with professional installation.

To get started designing your new window treatments, contact us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation today!

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