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10 Signs You're Due for New Window Treatments

Whether you choose shutters, blinds or shades for your house, quality window treatments should work for decades. But, like the majority of other things in your residence, they’ll one day need updating, especially if they no longer fit your home.

For years, Louver Shop of Philadelphia has specialized in creating well-made custom window treatments here in the U.S. With the support of our experienced design consultants, we make Philadelphia residences like yours more stunning each day, starting with a free consultation.

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

Plantation Shutters

While they could feel like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are liable to needing replacement sooner. This is because they’re often produced from cheaper materials.

At Louver Shop of Philadelphia, we use furniture-grade woods and advanced polymer in our custom shutters, which are made to deliver many years of trouble-free operation. They’re guaranteed 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 problems that occur when your plantation shutters are aging.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Because of their energy efficiency, interior shutters are desirable in climates with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these elements make them more susceptible to problems with their finish, like 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 likely are aware the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s responsible for giving you a sunburn. They can also result in other discoloration to your shutters, including yellowing, over time. While you can repaint your plantation shutters, it’s a long process, particularly for wood ones. You’ll need to remove them, get rid of the paint, carefully repaint them and then reinstall them. Because there’s so many things to remember, you run the risk of ruining your shutters altogether with streaky paint or poor reinstallation. This jeopardizes your shutters’ appearance, in addition to their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Premium plantation shutters should hold their shape as time passes, even on large windows. When louvers are warping or bending, we recommend replacing them.

4. Often Tightening Since They’re Sagging

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


Mini blinds are rank high among the most installed 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. Long Cords

Dated styles of blinds are usually controlled by a cord system, which isn’t the best idea for kids or pets. If these cords are frayed, it’s a hint that the mechanism might be getting old. Updated custom blinds feature cord-free operating systems and can even be adjusted with with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can withstand a lot, but in some cases the louvers will break or permanently bend. When this happens, it’s time to update your blinds. For a modern look that’s just as hardy, look at faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can withstand heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

It doesn’t matter what kind of horizontal blinds you rely on, the louvers should fit tightly together when drawn. If not, it’s time to get new ones.


Shades are well-loved by homeowners because they’re easy to use and clean. They’re usually manufactured from fabric, which can be susceptible to a few troubles as time passes. Here are a few clues that you should get new shades.

8. Fading

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

9. Damaged Edges

This is typically due to poor installation. If your shades aren’t sized properly or installed wrong, the edges can rub when you move them up and down. Eventually, these edges will fray, making your shades look unsightly. At Louver Shop of Philadelphia, we offer free measurements and skilled installation to ensure your custom shades fit just right.

10. Hard to Raise or Lower

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like they used to, it’s likely since the operating system is giving out. When you work with Louver Shop of Philadelphia, you’ll enjoy full access to a large range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that raises and lowers your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Begin Creating Your New Window Treatments Right Away

When you need to replace your window treatments in Philadelphia, trust the design pros at Louver Shop of Philadelphia. We are part of your community, so we’re merely a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process starts with design assistance, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll complete the job in just a few weeks with professional installation.

To start designing your new window treatments, get in touch with us at 888-428-1415 to schedule your free consultation now!

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