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10 Signs You're Due for New Window Treatments

Whether you choose shutters, blinds or shades for your residence, quality window treatments should last for decades. But, like most other things in your house, they’ll one day need replacing, particularly if they no longer complement your home.

For years, Louver Shop of Pittsburgh has specialized in producing long-lasting custom window treatments here in the USA. With the assistance of our skilled design consultants, we make Pittsburgh residences like yours more stunning every day, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are getting old, some signs are more evident than others. Here are a couple of hints that yours are needing to be replaced.

Plantation Shutters

While they may appear like a good deal at the time, imported plantation shutters are susceptible to needing replacement sooner. This is since they’re typically made from low-cost materials.

At Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we use furniture-grade woods and thick polymer in our custom shutters, which are made to give many years of trouble-free performance. They’re warrantied against some of the most typical troubles and include a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most common problems that pop up when your plantation shutters are wearing out.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Since they’re energy efficient, interior shutters are desirable in climates with extreme heat and humidity. Unfortunately these elements make them more susceptible to problems with their finish, including cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your house to look its best, so when your shutters start doing this, it’s time to get new ones.

2. Yellowing

You likely know the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s the cause of turning your skin red. They can also create other damage to your shutters, including yellowing, over time. While it’s possible to repaint your plantation shutters, it’s an in-depth process, particularly for wood models. You’ll need to unscrew them, remove the paint, carefully repaint them and then put them back up. Because there’s many things to remember, you could ruin your shutters totally with streaky paint or improper reinstallation. This jeopardizes 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 tall windows. When louvers start to warp or bend, you should replace them.

4. Frequent Tightening Because of Sagging

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


Mini blinds are among the most desired styles for window blinds, as they’re affordable, versatile and durable. Unfortunately, they will not last forever, so here are a few clues that yours need to be replaced.

5. Dangling Cords

Old types of blinds are typically controlled by cords, which isn’t good for kids or pets. If these cords are frayed, it’s a hint that the mechanism might be giving out. Modern custom blinds include no-cord 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 break or permanently bend. In this instance, you’re due to get new blinds. For a contemporary style that’s just as hardy, look at faux wood blinds, which look like wood but can stand up to heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Closed

It isn’t relevant what style of horizontal blinds you have, the louvers should fit snugly together when drawn. If this isn’t the case, it’s time to get updated ones.


Shades are well-loved by homeowners since they’re quick to use and clean. They’re often manufactured from fabric, which can have several issues as it gets older. Here are a few clues that you should replace your shades.

8. Fading

Like plantation shutters, shades are also vulnerable to fading or discoloring from the sun’s UV rays. When the color becomes lighter out, you should install new shades.

9. Unraveling Edges

This is frequently the result of poor installation. If your shades aren’t sized properly or installed wrong, the edges can scrape when you move them up and down. Eventually, these edges will unravel, making your shades look worn out. At Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, we give free measurements and skilled installation to guarantee your custom shades fit great.

10. Hard to Raise or Lower

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like they used to, it’s likely due to the fact the operating system is breaking down. When you partner with Louver Shop of Pittsburgh, you’ll enjoy total access to a large range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that moves your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Begin Designing Your New Window Treatments Now

When you need to install new window treatments in Pittsburgh, rely on the design professionals at Louver Shop of Pittsburgh. We live where you do, so we’re only a call or text away. Our simple process gets started with design recommendations, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll finish the job in just a few weeks with skilled installation.

To start designing your new window treatments, contact us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation today!