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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 be enjoyed for a long time. But, like many other things in your home, they’ll eventually need updating, even more so if they no longer coordinate with your style.

For years, Louver Shop of Charlotte has specialized in making durable 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 needing replacement, some hints are more apparent than others. Here are a few hints that yours require replacement.

Plantation Shutters

While they might seem like a good deal at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing replacement faster. This is because they’re usually made from cheaper materials.

At Louver Shop of Charlotte, we rely on furniture-grade woods and solid 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 occur when your plantation shutters are wearing out.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Since they’re energy efficient, interior shutters are popular in locations with intense heat and humidity. Unfortunately these climates make them more vulnerable to issues with their finish, such as cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your residence to look gorgeous, so if your shutters are doing this, it’s time to replace them.

2. Yellowing

You typically realize the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s to blame for burning your skin. They can also create other damage to your shutters, like yellowing, as the years go by. While you can refurbish your plantation shutters, it’s an in-depth process, especially for wood ones. You’ll have to unscrew them, get rid of the paint, cautiously repaint them and then reinstall them. As there’s many things to remember, you might 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 keep their shape as the years pass, even on large 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 have to have routine tightening or adjusting. This is a time-wasting job that isn’t required when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are rank high among the most popular 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 require 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 hint that the mechanism may be giving out. Updated custom blinds have no-cord 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 fracture or permanently bend. In this case, it’s time to replace your blinds. For a modern look that’s just as hardy, check out faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can withstand heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

It doesn’t matter what style of horizontal blinds you use, the louvers should fit securely together when shut. If this isn’t the case, you should get updated ones.


Shades are popular with homeowners since they’re fast to use and clean. They’re often manufactured from fabric, which can experience several issues as time goes on. Here are several signs that you need to install new shades.

8. Fading

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

9. Unraveling Corners

This is often caused by improper 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 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 well.

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 giving out. When you partner with Louver Shop of Charlotte, you’ll enjoy complete access to a large range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that raises and lowers your shades with a push of your smartphone.

Begin Making Your New Window Treatments Now

When it’s time to replace your window treatments in Charlotte, rely on the design specialists at Louver Shop of Charlotte. We are part of your community, so we’re only a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process gets started with design assistance, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll complete the job in just a couple of weeks with skilled installation.

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