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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 work for decades. But, like many other things in your home, they’ll eventually need to be updated, particularly if they no longer fit your home.

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

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

Plantation Shutters

While they might seem like a good deal at the time, imported plantation shutters are liable to wearing out more quickly. This is due to the fact they’re often produced from low-cost materials.

At Louver Shop of Wichita, we incorporate furniture-grade woods and thick polymer in our custom shutters, which are made to offer many years of trouble-free operation. They’re guaranteed against some of the most typical problems 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 aging.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Because of their energy efficiency, interior shutters are desirable in locations with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these climates make them more likely to have troubles with their finish, such as cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your residence 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 to blame for giving you a sunburn. They can also result in other damage to your shutters, such as yellowing, over time. While it’s possible to repaint your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, especially for wood models. You’ll have to unscrew them, get rid of the paint, meticulously repaint them and then reinstall them. As there’s so many things to do, you run the risk of ruining your shutters altogether with streaked paint or improper reinstallation. This jeopardizes your shutters’ appearance, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Premium plantation shutters should keep their shape over time, even on large windows. When louvers begin to warp or bend, you should replace them.

4. Regular Tightening Because of Sagging

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


Mini blinds are rank high among 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 clues that yours need replacement.

5. Suspended Cords

Older types of blinds are typically controlled by cords, which isn’t safe for kids or pets. If these cords are starting to fray, it’s a clue that the mechanism might be giving out. Modern 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 hardy, consider faux wood blinds, which are like wood but can resist heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

It doesn’t matter what kind of horizontal blinds you use, the louvers should fit securely together when closed. If this isn’t happening, you’re due to replace them.


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

8. Fading

Like plantation shutters, shades are also likely to fade or discolor from the sun’s UV rays. When the color becomes bleached out, it’s time to install new shades.

9. Frayed Sides

This is typically caused by improper installation. If your shades aren’t sized correctly or put up 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 ensure your custom shades fit well.

10. Has Trouble Raising or Lowering

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like when they were newer, it’s often since the operating system is breaking down. When you work with Louver Shop of Wichita, you’ll have total access to a large range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that adjusts your shades with a tap of your smartphone.

Get Started Making Your New Window Treatments Today

When it’s time to install new window treatments in Wichita, rely on the design pros at Louver Shop of Wichita. We are members of your community, 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 complete the job in just several weeks with professional installation.

To start designing your new window treatments, call us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation now!