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10 Signs That You Need New Window Treatments

Whether you select shutters, blinds or shades for your house, quality window treatments should last for many years. But, like many other things in your home, they’ll eventually need replacing, even more so if they no longer fit your home.

For years, Louver Shop of Birmingham has specialized in creating well-made custom window treatments here in the USA. With the help of our pro design consultants, we make Birmingham residences like yours more beautiful each day, starting with a free consultation.

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

Plantation Shutters

While they might seem like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are liable to needing to be replaced sooner. This is because they’re typically produced from cheaper materials.

At Louver Shop of Birmingham, we rely on furniture-grade woods and advanced polymer in our custom shutters, which are created to offer many years of trouble-free enjoyment. They’re warrantied against some of the most typical troubles and come with a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most frequent issues that happen when your plantation shutters are aging.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Since they’re energy efficient, interior shutters are popular in areas with intense heat and humidity. Unfortunately these elements make them more vulnerable to problems with their finish, like cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your home to look its best, so if your shutters are doing this, it’s time to install new ones.

2. Yellowing

You probably realize the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s responsible for burning your skin. They can also cause other harm to your shutters, including yellowing, over time. While it’s possible to refurbish your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, even more so for wood shutters. You’ll be required to unscrew them, get rid of the paint, meticulously repaint them and then hang them again. Since there’s so many steps, you might ruin your shutters altogether 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 hold their shape over time, even on tall windows. When louvers begin warping or bending, you should replace them.

4. Often Tightening Since They’re Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers are loose, they’ll have to have frequent tightening or adjusting. This is a tedious job that isn’t required when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are amidst the most popular styles for window blinds, since they’re affordable, versatile and durable. Unfortunately, they will not last forever, so here are several clues that yours need replacement.

5. Dangling Cords

Old types of blinds are often controlled by cords, which isn’t the best idea for kids or pets. If these cords are fraying, it’s a hint that the mechanism might be getting old. Updated custom blinds include cordless 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 break or permanently bend. When this happens, you’re due to get new blinds. For a contemporary style that’s just as hardy, check out faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can stand up to heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

It isn’t relevant what style of horizontal blinds you have, the louvers should fit tightly together when drawn. If this isn’t happening, you should replace them.


Shades are a homeowner favorite as they’re quick to use and clean. They’re usually created from fabric, which can have a few problems as it ages. Here are a few signs that you need to get new shades.

8. Yellowing

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

9. Frayed Sides

This is typically caused by bad installation. If your shades aren’t sized properly or installed wrong, the edges can rub when you raise and lower them. Ultimately, these edges will fray, making your shades look unsightly. At Louver Shop of Birmingham, we offer free measurements and professional installation to ensure your custom shades fit just right.

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 call Louver Shop of Birmingham, you’ll enjoy total access to a wide range of operating systems, like cordless and smart automation that raises and lowers your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Start Designing Your New Window Treatments Today

When you’re due to install new window treatments in Birmingham, rely on the design specialists at Louver Shop of Birmingham. We live where you do, so we’re just a call or text away. Our easy process starts with design recommendations, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll complete the job in just a couple of weeks with professional installation.

To begin designing your new window treatments, get in touch with us at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation right away!

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