10 Signs Your Window Treatments Are Worn Out | Louver Shop of Columbus
Louver Shop takes great care in the safety of our clients, employees and local experts who live and work in your community. No matter where you are, we’re here for you and can help you today with your window covering project, without delay or disruption, through an in-person or virtual appointment. Read more>

10 Signs Its Time for New Window Treatments

Whether you choose shutters, blinds or shades for your home, quality window treatments should be enjoyed for decades. But, like most other things in your house, they’ll eventually need replacing, even more so if they no longer coordinate with your style.

For years, Louver Shop of Columbus has specialized in crafting durable custom window treatments here in the USA. With the support of our experienced design consultants, we make Columbus residences like yours more stunning daily, starting with a free consultation.

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

Plantation Shutters

While they may appear like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing to be replaced sooner. This is since they’re often produced from cheaper materials.

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

Here are some of the most typical troubles that happen when your plantation shutters are aging.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Since they’re energy efficient, interior shutters are popular in climates with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these climates make them more vulnerable to troubles with their finish, such as cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your residence to look beautiful, so once your shutters start doing this, it’s time to get new ones.

2. Yellowing

You typically know the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s responsible for turning your skin red. They can also result in 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, even more so for wood ones. You’ll have to take them down, get rid of the paint, carefully repaint them and then reinstall them. Because there’s a lot of steps, you might ruin your shutters altogether with uneven paint or improper reinstallation. This compromises your shutters’ look, not to mention their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Excellent quality plantation shutters should retain their shape as the years pass, even on big windows. When louvers begin to warp or bend, we recommend replacing them.

4. Frequent Tightening Since They’re Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers are loose, they’ll require regular tightening or adjusting. This is a time-wasting job that isn’t required when you have premium plantation shutters.


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

5. Suspended Cords

Old kinds of blinds are typically controlled by cords, which isn’t safe for kids or pets. If these cords are frayed, it’s a clue that the mechanism could be getting old. Modern custom blinds have no-cord operating systems and can even be opened and closed with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can endure a lot, but in some instances the louvers will snap or permanently bend. When this happens, you’re due to get new blinds. For a contemporary style that’s just as durable, check out faux wood blinds, which look like wood but can withstand heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

Regardless of what type of horizontal blinds you use, the louvers should fit securely together when shut. If not, you’re due to get new ones.


Shades are popular with homeowners since they’re fast to use and clean. They’re usually created from fabric, which can be susceptible to a few problems as time goes on. Here are a few clues that you should replace your shades.

8. Discoloration

Like plantation shutters, shades are also susceptible to fading or discoloration because of the sun’s UV rays. When the color becomes washed out, you should get new shades.

9. Damaged Corners

This is frequently the result of inexperienced installation. If your shades aren’t sized right or installed wrong, the edges can scuff when you raise and lower them. Eventually, these edges will come apart, making your shades look worn out. At Louver Shop of Columbus, we provide free measurements and pro installation to make sure your custom shades fit great.

10. Hard to Raise or Lower

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like when they were newer, it’s probably since the operating system is giving out. When you call Louver Shop of Columbus, you’ll enjoy full access to an extensive range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that adjusts your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Start Making Your New Window Treatments Now

When it’s time to replace your window treatments in Columbus, rely on the design specialists at Louver Shop of Columbus. We live where you do, so we’re only a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process begins with design recommendations, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll complete the job in just several weeks with professional installation.

To begin making your new window treatments, call us at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation now!

Schedule a Free, In-Home (or Virtual) Design Consultation Today
We'll bring the shutter, blind and shade showroom to you, take measurements and provide you with our everything's-included Louver Shop Complete Comfort Pricing—all for free! Get started by filling out the form below.