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10 Signs Your Window Treatments Need Replacing

Whether you go with shutters, blinds or shades for your house, quality window treatments should last for a long time. But, like the majority of other things in your home, they’ll eventually need to be replaced, particularly if they no longer fit your style.

For years, Louver Shop of Boston has specialized in producing long-lasting custom window treatments here in the United States. With the help of our pro design consultants, we make Boston homes like yours more gorgeous each day, starting with a free consultation.

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

Plantation Shutters

While they might feel like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are liable to needing to be replaced faster. This is because they’re typically produced from low-cost materials.

At Louver Shop of Boston, we use furniture-grade woods and thick polymer in our custom shutters, which are designed to give many years of trouble-free operation. They’re protected against some of the most frequent problems and include a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most frequent problems that occur when your plantation shutters are aging.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Because of their energy efficiency, interior shutters are popular in climates with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these weather conditions make them more vulnerable to issues with their finish, such as cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your residence to look its best, so once your shutters are doing this, it’s time to install new ones.

2. Yellowing

You typically know the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s the cause of burning your skin. They can also cause other discoloration to your shutters, such as yellowing, as the years pass. While you could refinish your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, especially for wood shutters. You’ll be required to unscrew them, remove the paint, cautiously repaint them and then reinstall them. Because there’s a lot of steps, you could ruin your shutters altogether with streaked paint or improper reinstallation. This compromises your shutters’ appearance, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Excellent quality plantation shutters should retain their shape over time, even on big windows. When louvers start to warp or bend, it’s time to replace them.

4. Frequent Tightening Due to Sagging

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


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

5. Dangling Cords

Dated types of blinds are often controlled by cords, which isn’t safe for kids or pets. If these cords are frayed, it’s a clue that the mechanism may be wearing out. Newer custom blinds include cordless operating systems and can even be opened and closed with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can tolerate a lot, but sometimes the louvers will snap or permanently bend. In this case, it’s time to replace your blinds. For a contemporary look that’s just as hardy, check out faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can withstand heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

It isn’t relevant what style of horizontal blinds you have, the louvers should fit securely together when shut. If this isn’t the case, you should get new ones.


Shades are popular with homeowners as they’re quick to use and clean. They’re usually created from fabric, which can have a number of troubles as the years pass. Here are a couple symptoms 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 becomes bleached out, you’re due to order new shades.

9. Unraveling Corners

This is often caused by improper installation. If your shades aren’t sized right or hung wrong, the edges can rub when you move them up and down. At some point, these edges will unravel, making your shades look worn out. At Louver Shop of Boston, we give free measurements and pro installation to guarantee your custom shades fit great.

10. Hard to Raise or Lower

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like they should, it’s probably due to the fact the operating system is breaking down. When you call Louver Shop of Boston, you’ll enjoy complete access to a large range of operating systems, like cordless and smart automation that moves your shades with a tap of your smartphone.

Begin Making Your New Window Treatments Right Away

When you need to get new window treatments in Boston, rely on the design specialists at Louver Shop of Boston. We are members of your community, so we’re only a call or text away. Our easy process starts with design advice, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll wrap up the job in just several weeks with professional installation.

To get started creating your new window treatments, call us at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation right away!

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