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10 Signs That You Should Replace Your Window Treatments

Whether you select shutters, blinds or shades for your residence, quality window treatments should be enjoyed for many years. But, like most other things in your home, they’ll eventually need to be replaced, especially if they no longer match your home.

For years, Louver Shop of Richmond has specialized in creating long-lasting custom window treatments here in the USA. With the assistance of our experienced design consultants, we make Richmond residences like yours more gorgeous every day, starting with a free consultation.

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

Plantation Shutters

While they may feel like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing to be replaced faster. This is because they’re usually produced from lower-quality materials.

At Louver Shop of Richmond, we incorporate furniture-grade woods and thick polymer in our custom shutters, which are designed to offer many years of trouble-free performance. They’re protected against some of the most common troubles and come with a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most typical problems that pop up when your plantation shutters are wearing out.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Because of their energy efficiency, interior shutters are often installed in climates with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these climates make them more susceptible to troubles with their finish, like cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your home to look gorgeous, so if your shutters begin doing this, it’s time to replace them.

2. Yellowing

You likely realize the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s to blame for giving you a sunburn. They can also create other damage to your shutters, like yellowing, over time. While you can refurbish your plantation shutters, it’s a long process, even more so for wood models. You’ll have to take them down, remove the paint, cautiously repaint them and then hang them again. Since there’s many things to do, you might ruin your shutters totally with uneven paint or poor reinstallation. This jeopardizes your shutters’ look, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Premium plantation shutters should hold their shape over time, even on big windows. When louvers begin to warp or bend, we recommend replacing them.

4. Regular Tightening Since They’re Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers are sagging, they’ll have to have regular tightening or adjusting. This is a time-consuming chore that isn’t necessary when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are among the most installed styles for window blinds, because they’re affordable, versatile and durable. Unfortunately, they will not last forever, so here are several signs that yours need replacement.

5. Long Cords

Older kinds of blinds are usually controlled by a set of cords, which isn’t ideal for kids or pets. If these cords are starting to fray, it’s a hint that the mechanism may be wearing out. Updated custom blinds include cord-free operating systems and can even be controlled by 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 instance, you should replace your blinds. For a contemporary model that’s just as hardy, check out faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can resist heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Drawn

Regardless of what style of horizontal blinds you use, the louvers should fit securely together when closed. If this isn’t happening, you should get updated ones.


Shades are well-loved by homeowners as they’re quick to use and clean. They’re usually created from fabric, which can have several troubles as time passes. Here are a few signs that you should replace your shades.

8. Yellowing

Like plantation shutters, shades are also susceptible to fading or discoloration due to the sun’s UV rays. When the color gets washed out, it’s time to order new shades.

9. Frayed Edges

This is typically the result of poor installation. If your shades aren’t sized right or put up wrong, the edges can rub when you raise and lower them. At some point, these edges will fray, making your shades look unsightly. At Louver Shop of Richmond, we provide free measurements and skilled 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 they should, it’s probably because the operating system is giving out. When you call Louver Shop of Richmond, you’ll enjoy total access to a large range of operating systems, like cordless and smart automation that raises and lowers your shades with a push of your smartphone.

Begin Making Your New Window Treatments Right Away

When you need to get new window treatments in Richmond, rely on the design professionals at Louver Shop of Richmond. We are part of your community, so we’re merely a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process begins with design assistance, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll finish the job in just several weeks with skilled installation.

To begin making your new window treatments, call us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation right away!