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10 Signs You Should Get New Window Treatments

Whether you choose shutters, blinds or shades for your residence, quality window treatments should be enjoyed for a long time. But, like many other things in your home, they’ll eventually need updating, particularly if they no longer coordinate with your style.

For years, Louver Shop of Charlotte has specialized in making well-made custom window treatments here in the United States. With the help of our professional design consultants, we make Charlotte homes like yours more beautiful daily, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are getting old, some clues are more apparent than others. Here are a few signs that yours are needing to be replaced.

Plantation Shutters

While they might seem like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are liable to needing to be replaced sooner. This is since they’re often made from cheaper materials.

At Louver Shop of Charlotte, we rely on furniture-grade woods and thick polymer in our custom shutters, which are designed to provide many years of trouble-free performance. They’re guaranteed against some of the most common issues and have a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most typical problems that happen when your plantation shutters are wearing out.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Due to their energy efficiency, interior shutters are popular in areas with intense heat and humidity. Unfortunately these climates make them more likely to have issues with their finish, including cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your house to look gorgeous, so when your shutters begin doing this, it’s time to replace them.

2. Yellowing

You typically are aware the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s the cause of burning your skin. They can also cause other damage to your shutters, like yellowing, as the years go by. While you could repaint your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, particularly for wood ones. You’ll have to remove them, get rid of the paint, cautiously repaint them and then reinstall them. Since there’s a lot of things to remember, you could ruin your shutters completely with streaked paint or poor reinstallation. This compromises your shutters’ look, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Good quality plantation shutters should retain their shape as time passes, even on tall windows. When louvers start to warp or bend, we recommend replacing them.

4. Frequent Tightening Due to Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers aren’t tight enough, they’ll require routine tightening or adjusting. This is a time-wasting job that isn’t needed when you have premium plantation shutters.


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

5. Suspended Cords

Older styles of blinds are often controlled by a cord system, which isn’t ideal for kids or pets. If these cords are fraying, it’s a clue that the mechanism may be getting old. Updated 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 sometimes the louvers will snap or permanently bend. When this happens, it’s time to replace your blinds. For a contemporary look that’s just as long-lasting, look at faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can resist heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

It doesn’t matter what kind of horizontal blinds you rely on, the louvers should fit securely together when drawn. If this isn’t happening, you’re due to get new ones.


Shades are well-loved by homeowners since they’re fast to use and clean. They’re often created from fabric, which can have several issues as time goes on. Here are several signs that you need to install new shades.

8. Discoloration

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

9. Damaged Corners

This is often caused by improper installation. If your shades aren’t sized properly or installed wrong, the edges can scuff when you raise and lower them. Eventually, these edges will fray, making your shades look worn out. At Louver Shop of Charlotte, we offer free measurements and professional installation to make sure your custom shades fit great.

10. Has Trouble Raising or Lowering

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like they should, it’s probably because the operating system is breaking down. When you partner with Louver Shop of Charlotte, you’ll enjoy total access to an extensive range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that adjusts your shades with a push of your smartphone.

Get Started Making Your New Window Treatments Now

When it’s time to replace your window treatments in Charlotte, turn to the design pros at Louver Shop of Charlotte. We are members of your community, so we’re merely a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process starts with design help, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll complete the job in just several weeks with pro installation.

To get started creating your new window treatments, contact us at 888-428-1415 to get your free consultation today!

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