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10 Signs Your Window Treatments Need to be Replaced

Whether you go with shutters, blinds or shades for your house, quality window treatments should work for decades. But, like many other things in your home, they’ll eventually need to be updated, even more so if they no longer fit your décor.

For years, Louver Shop of Wichita has specialized in creating well-made custom window treatments here in the USA. With the support of our skilled design consultants, we make Wichita homes like yours more stunning daily, starting with a free consultation.

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

Plantation Shutters

While they might seem like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are liable to wearing out more quickly. This is due to the fact they’re often produced from cheaper materials.

At Louver Shop of Wichita, we incorporate furniture-grade woods and solid polymer in our custom shutters, which are created to offer many years of trouble-free enjoyment. They’re guaranteed against some of the most frequent troubles and include a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

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

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Because of their energy efficiency, interior shutters are desirable in locations with extreme 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 gorgeous, so once your shutters start doing this, it’s time to replace them.

2. Yellowing

You typically know the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s the cause of giving you a sunburn. They can also result in other damage to your shutters, including yellowing, as the years pass. While it’s possible to repaint your plantation shutters, it’s an in-depth process, especially for wood models. You’ll have to remove them, remove the paint, cautiously repaint them and then reinstall them. As there’s so many things to do, you run the risk of ruining your shutters altogether with uneven paint or improper reinstallation. This undermines your shutters’ appearance, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

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

4. Regular Tightening Because of Sagging

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


Mini blinds are amidst the most loved 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

Older kinds of blinds are typically controlled by cords, which isn’t ideal for kids or pets. If these cords are starting to fray, it’s a clue that the mechanism might be giving out. Updated custom blinds feature cordless operating systems and can even be opened and closed 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 should update your blinds. For a modern model that’s just as long-lasting, consider faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can resist heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

It isn’t relevant what style of horizontal blinds you use, the louvers should fit snugly together when closed. If this isn’t the case, you’re due to replace them.


Shades are a homeowner favorite as they’re simple to use and clean. They’re often created from fabric, which can experience a few troubles as the years pass. Here are a few clues that you need to get new shades.

8. Fading

Like plantation shutters, shades are also vulnerable to fading or discoloring from the sun’s UV rays. When the color turns bleached out, it’s time to order new shades.

9. Frayed Edges

This is typically caused by improper installation. If your shades aren’t sized properly or hung wrong, the edges can rub when you move them up and down. Ultimately, these edges will fray, making your shades look unsightly. At Louver Shop of Wichita, we offer free measurements and professional installation to guarantee 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 due to the fact the operating system is giving out. When you work with Louver Shop of Wichita, you’ll have complete access to an extensive range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that raises and lowers your shades with a push of your smartphone.

Begin Making Your New Window Treatments Today

When it’s time to get new window treatments in Wichita, rely on the design specialists at Louver Shop of Wichita. We are members of your community, so we’re only a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process starts with design advice, 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 start designing your new window treatments, call us at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation now!

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