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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 last for a long time. But, like the majority of other things in your home, they’ll eventually need to be replaced, even more so 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 stunning each day, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are needing replacement, some hints are more apparent than others. Here are several hints that yours need to be replaced.

Plantation Shutters

While they might feel like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing to be replaced faster. This is since 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 offer many years of trouble-free enjoyment. They’re warrantied 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 house to look gorgeous, 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 create other discoloration to your shutters, including yellowing, as the years pass. While you can refinish your plantation shutters, it’s an in-depth process, particularly for wood models. You’ll need to unscrew them, remove the paint, meticulously repaint them and then reinstall them. Because there’s a lot of steps, you might ruin your shutters altogether with uneven paint or improper reinstallation. This compromises your shutters’ appearance, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Premium 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 loose, they’ll require frequent tightening or adjusting. This is a time-consuming job that isn’t necessary when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are rank high among the most installed styles for window blinds, due to their affordability, versatility and durability. Unfortunately, they won’t last forever, so here are a few clues that yours require 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 hint 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 take on a lot, but sometimes the louvers will fracture or permanently bend. When this happens, it’s time to replace your blinds. For a modern look that’s just as long-lasting, check out faux wood blinds, which are like wood but can resist heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Drawn

It doesn’t matter what style of horizontal blinds you have, the louvers should fit snugly together when drawn. 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 experience a few problems 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 turns bleached out, you’re due to install 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 come apart, making your shades look bad. At Louver Shop of Boston, we give free measurements and pro installation to ensure your custom shades fit great.

10. Has Trouble Raising or Lowering

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 partner with Louver Shop of Boston, you’ll enjoy complete access to an extensive range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that moves your shades with a tap of your smartphone.

Begin Creating Your New Window Treatments Now

When you need to get new window treatments in Boston, rely on the design specialists at Louver Shop of Boston. We are part of your community, so we’re only a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process starts with design recommendations, 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 begin making your new window treatments, call us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation now!