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10 Signs You're Due for New Window Treatments

Whether you choose shutters, blinds or shades for your home, quality window treatments should last for decades. But, like most other things in your residence, they’ll eventually need replacing, especially if they no longer fit your décor.

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

When your window treatments are needing replacement, some clues are more noticeable than others. Here are a few signs that yours need to be replaced.

Plantation Shutters

While they may feel like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are susceptible to needing replacement sooner. This is since they’re typically made from low-cost materials.

At Louver Shop of Austin, we rely on furniture-grade woods and advanced polymer in our custom shutters, which are designed to deliver many years of trouble-free enjoyment. 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 common issues that occur when your plantation shutters are aging.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Since they’re energy efficient, interior shutters are desirable in areas with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these elements make them more vulnerable to troubles with their finish, like cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your home to look stunning, so when your shutters are doing this, it’s time to replace them.

2. Yellowing

You probably realize the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s the cause of giving you a sunburn. They can also lead to other discoloration to your shutters, such as yellowing, over time. While you can refurbish your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, even more so for wood shutters. You’ll have to remove them, remove the paint, cautiously repaint them and then reinstall them. Because there’s many steps, you might ruin your shutters altogether with streaked paint or poor reinstallation. This jeopardizes your shutters’ appearance, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Good quality plantation shutters should hold their shape over time, even on wide windows. When louvers begin warping or bending, you should replace them.

4. Regular Tightening Because of Sagging

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


Mini blinds are among the most desired styles for window blinds, due to their affordability, versatility and durability. Unfortunately, they don’t last forever, so here are several symptoms that yours need replacement.

5. Suspended Cords

Old kinds of blinds are typically controlled by a set of cords, which isn’t the best idea for kids or pets. If these cords are frayed, it’s a clue that the mechanism may be giving out. Newer custom blinds have 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 instances the louvers will break or permanently bend. When this happens, you’re due to replace your blinds. For an updated style that’s just as durable, look at faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can withstand heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

Regardless of what style of horizontal blinds you use, the louvers should fit tightly together when drawn. If not, you’re due to replace them.


Shades are a homeowner favorite because they’re simple to use and clean. They’re typically manufactured from fabric, which can have a few issues as the years pass. Here are a few clues that you need to install new shades.

8. Yellowing

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

9. Unraveling Corners

This is often caused by improper installation. If your shades aren’t sized correctly or hung wrong, the edges can rub when you pull them up and down. Eventually, these edges will fray, making your shades look unsightly. At Louver Shop of Austin, we give free measurements and pro installation to ensure your custom shades fit well.

10. Has Trouble Raising or Lowering

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like they should, it’s often because the operating system is wearing out. When you partner with Louver Shop of Austin, you’ll get total access to a wide range of operating systems, including cordless and smart automation that adjusts your shades with a tap of your smartphone.

Start Making Your New Window Treatments Right Away

When you’re due to replace your window treatments in Austin, turn to the design professionals at Louver Shop of Austin. We live where you do, so we’re just a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process begins with design help, 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 start making your new window treatments, call us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation right away!