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10 Signs Your Window Treatments Should be Replaced

Whether you go with shutters, blinds or shades for your residence, quality window treatments should last for decades. But, like many other things in your residence, they’ll ultimately need updating, even more so if they no longer complement your style.

For years, Louver Shop of Kansas City has specialized in producing durable custom window treatments here in the U.S. With the help of our skilled design consultants, we make Kansas City residences like yours more beautiful each day, starting with a free consultation.

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

Plantation Shutters

While they might feel like a good deal at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing to be replaced sooner. This is since they’re often manufactured from cheaper materials.

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

Here are some of the most common issues that pop up when your plantation shutters are getting old.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Since they’re energy efficient, interior shutters are popular in locations with extreme heat and humidity. Unfortunately these climates make them more vulnerable to troubles with their finish, such as cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your home to look beautiful, so if your shutters begin 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 turning your skin red. They can also lead to other damage to your shutters, like yellowing, over time. While it’s possible to refinish your plantation shutters, it’s a long process, even more so for wood shutters. You’ll be required to unscrew them, strip the paint, carefully repaint them and then hang them again. As there’s a lot of steps, you run the risk of ruining your shutters altogether with streaked paint or poor reinstallation. This undermines your shutters’ look, in addition to their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Premium plantation shutters should keep their shape over time, even on expansive windows. When louvers start to warp or bend, we recommend replacing them.

4. Frequent Tightening Due to Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers are sagging, they’ll need regular tightening or adjusting. This is a tedious 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 several clues that yours need replacement.

5. Suspended Cords

Older styles of blinds are typically 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 getting old. Modern custom blinds have 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 snap or permanently bend. In this case, you should replace your blinds. For an updated style that’s just as durable, look at faux wood blinds, which look 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 securely together when shut. If not, you’re due to get new ones.


Shades are a homeowner favorite as they’re quick to use and clean. They’re typically manufactured from fabric, which can experience several problems as the years go by. Here are several signs that you should install new shades.

8. Yellowing

Like plantation shutters, shades are also susceptible to fading or discoloration due to the sun’s UV rays. When the color gets lighter out, you should order new shades.

9. Frayed Corners

This is frequently the result of inexperienced installation. If your shades aren’t sized properly or installed wrong, the edges can rub when you pull them up and down. At some point, these edges will fray, making your shades look worn out. At Louver Shop of Kansas City, we offer free measurements and pro installation to make sure your custom shades fit just right.

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 work with Louver Shop of Kansas City, you’ll enjoy complete access to a large range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that moves your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Start Designing Your New Window Treatments Today

When you need to install new window treatments in Kansas City, turn to the design specialists at Louver Shop of Kansas City. We are members of your community, so we’re only a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process begins with design suggestions, 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 begin making your new window treatments, get in touch with us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation now!

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