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10 Signs That You Should Get New Window Treatments

Whether you select shutters, blinds or shades for your residence, quality window treatments should work for many years. But, like the majority of other things in your residence, they’ll eventually need updating, particularly if they no longer coordinate with your style.

For years, Louver Shop of Cincinnati has specialized in creating well-made custom window treatments here in the U.S. With the help of our professional design consultants, we make Cincinnati homes like yours more beautiful every day, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are getting old, some hints are more clear than others. Here are several hints that yours are needing to be replaced.

Plantation Shutters

While they could appear like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing replacement faster. This is because they’re often made from low-cost materials.

At Louver Shop of Cincinnati, we incorporate furniture-grade woods and advanced polymer in our custom shutters, which are made to offer many years of trouble-free performance. They’re warrantied against some of the most common problems and have 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 getting old.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Because of their energy efficiency, interior shutters are desirable in climates with extreme heat and humidity. Unfortunately these weather conditions make them more likely to have problems with their finish, such as cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your house to look stunning, so when your shutters start doing this, it’s time to install new ones.

2. Yellowing

You typically know the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s to blame for burning your skin. They can also create other damage to your shutters, including yellowing, as time passes. While you can refurbish your plantation shutters, it’s an in-depth process, especially for wood models. You’ll be required to take them down, get rid of the paint, cautiously repaint them and then hang them again. Because there’s so many steps, you could ruin your shutters altogether with streaky paint or improper reinstallation. This compromises your shutters’ look, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Excellent quality plantation shutters should keep their shape over time, even on large windows. When louvers begin to warp or bend, you should replace them.

4. Frequent Tightening Since They’re Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers are sagging, they’ll need routine tightening or adjusting. This is a tedious job that isn’t needed when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are among the most popular styles for window blinds, as they’re affordable, versatile and durable. Unfortunately, they will not last forever, so here are a couple of symptoms that yours require replacement.

5. Suspended Cords

Dated styles of blinds are typically controlled by cords, which isn’t ideal for kids or pets. If these cords are frayed, it’s a hint that the mechanism may be getting old. Modern custom blinds have cord-free operating systems and can even be controlled by with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can take on a lot, but in some cases the louvers will snap or permanently bend. In this case, you’re due to update your blinds. For an updated model that’s just as long-lasting, look at faux wood blinds, which look like wood but can stand up to heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Drawn

Regardless of what type of horizontal blinds you have, the louvers should fit tightly together when drawn. If not, you’re due to get new ones.


Shades are well-loved by homeowners as they’re fast to use and clean. They’re usually created from fabric, which can experience a few troubles as the years go by. Here are a couple signs that you’re due to replace your shades.

8. Fading

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

9. Unraveling Edges

This is frequently the result of improper installation. If your shades aren’t sized right or installed wrong, the edges can rub when you raise and lower them. Eventually, these edges will come apart, making your shades look bad. At Louver Shop of Cincinnati, we offer free measurements and professional 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 often because the operating system is breaking down. When you partner with Louver Shop of Cincinnati, you’ll have full access to a wide range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that raises and lowers your shades with a push of your smartphone.

Get Started Creating Your New Window Treatments Today

When you’re due to get new window treatments in Cincinnati, rely on the design professionals at Louver Shop of Cincinnati. We are part of your community, so we’re merely a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process starts with design advice, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll complete the job in just several weeks with professional installation.

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

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