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10 Signs Your Window Treatments Should be Replaced

Whether you go with shutters, blinds or shades for your home, quality window treatments should work for decades. But, like the majority of other things in your home, they’ll eventually need updating, particularly if they no longer fit your home.

For years, Louver Shop of Memphis has specialized in making long-lasting custom window treatments here in the U.S. With the help of our professional design consultants, we make Memphis homes like yours more beautiful each day, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are getting old, some clues are more obvious than others. Here are several signs that yours require replacement.

Plantation Shutters

While they could feel like a good deal at the time, imported plantation shutters are liable to needing to be replaced more quickly. This is due to the fact they’re typically produced from lower-quality materials.

At Louver Shop of Memphis, we rely on furniture-grade woods and thick polymer in our custom shutters, which are designed to deliver many years of trouble-free operation. They’re warrantied against some of the most typical problems and come with a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

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

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Due to their energy efficiency, interior shutters are desirable in climates with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these elements make them more likely to have troubles with their finish, including cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your home to look gorgeous, so once your shutters start doing this, it’s time to install new ones.

2. Yellowing

You likely realize the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s to blame for giving you a sunburn. They can also lead to other damage to your shutters, like yellowing, as time passes. While you could refurbish your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, particularly for wood shutters. You’ll need to take them down, strip the paint, cautiously repaint them and then hang them again. Because there’s so many steps, you run the risk of ruining your shutters altogether with streaked paint or poor reinstallation. This compromises your shutters’ look, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Excellent quality plantation shutters should keep their shape as time passes, even on tall windows. When louvers begin warping or bending, we recommend replacing them.

4. Often Tightening Because of Sagging

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


Mini blinds are among the most desired styles for window blinds, since they’re affordable, versatile and durable. Unfortunately, they won’t last forever, so here are a couple of clues that yours require replacement.

5. Dangling Cords

Older kinds of blinds are often controlled by a cord system, which isn’t safe for kids or pets. If these cords are fraying, it’s a hint that the mechanism may be getting old. Updated custom blinds feature cord-free operating systems and can even be opened and closed with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can tolerate a lot, but in some cases the louvers will break or permanently bend. In this instance, you’re due to update your blinds. For a contemporary model that’s just as long-lasting, check out faux wood blinds, which look like wood but can withstand heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Drawn

It isn’t relevant what model of horizontal blinds you use, the louvers should fit securely together when shut. If not, you’re due to get updated ones.


Shades are a homeowner favorite since they’re quick to use and clean. They’re typically made from fabric, which can be susceptible to a few problems as time goes on. Here are a couple symptoms that you’re due to replace your shades.

8. Fading

Like plantation shutters, shades are also likely to fade or discolor due to the sun’s UV rays. When the color gets lighter out, you’re due to install new shades.

9. Frayed Sides

This is frequently the result of poor installation. If your shades aren’t sized properly or put up wrong, the edges can rub when you move them up and down. Ultimately, these edges will unravel, making your shades look worn out. At Louver Shop of Memphis, we offer free measurements and pro installation to guarantee your custom shades fit great.

10. Has Trouble Raising or Lowering

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like they used to, it’s likely since the operating system is wearing out. When you partner with Louver Shop of Memphis, you’ll enjoy total access to a wide range of operating systems, like cordless and smart automation that adjusts your shades with a push of your smartphone.

Get Started Creating Your New Window Treatments Now

When you’re due to get new window treatments in Memphis, turn to the design professionals at Louver Shop of Memphis. We are members of your community, so we’re only a call or text away. Our easy process gets started with design advice, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll finish the job in just a couple of weeks with pro installation.

To begin making your new window treatments, call us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation right away!

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