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10 Signs You're Due for New Window Treatments

Whether you choose shutters, blinds or shades for your home, quality window treatments should be enjoyed for decades. But, like the majority of other things in your residence, they’ll eventually need to be updated, even more so if they no longer complement your style.

For years, Louver Shop of Ft. Lauderdale has specialized in creating durable custom window treatments here in the USA. With the assistance of our skilled design consultants, we make Ft. Lauderdale homes like yours more stunning daily, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are wearing out, some clues are more clear than others. Here are several signs that yours require replacement.

Plantation Shutters

While they could seem like a bargain at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing to be replaced more quickly. This is since they’re usually manufactured from cheaper materials.

At Louver Shop of Ft. Lauderdale, we use furniture-grade woods and thick polymer in our custom shutters, which are designed to provide many years of trouble-free operation. They’re warrantied against some of the most typical troubles and have a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most common troubles that occur 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 gorgeous, so if your shutters are doing this, it’s time to install new ones.

2. Yellowing

You typically realize the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s responsible for burning your skin. They can also result in other damage to your shutters, including yellowing, as time passes. While you can repaint your plantation shutters, it’s an in-depth process, even more so for wood shutters. You’ll have to remove them, remove the paint, carefully repaint them and then reinstall them. As there’s a lot of steps, you run the risk of ruining your shutters completely with streaky paint or improper reinstallation. This undermines your shutters’ appearance, as well as their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Good quality plantation shutters should hold their shape over time, even on large windows. When louvers begin to warp or bend, you should replace them.

4. Often Tightening Because of Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers aren’t tight enough, they’ll have to have routine tightening or adjusting. This is a tedious task that isn’t necessary when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are rank high among the most popular styles for window blinds, because they’re affordable, versatile and durable. Unfortunately, they will not last forever, so here are a few signs that yours need replacement.

5. Long Cords

Old kinds of blinds are often controlled by cords, which isn’t the best idea for kids or pets. If these cords are fraying, it’s a sign that the mechanism may be giving out. Updated custom blinds have no-cord 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 instances the louvers will break or permanently bend. When this happens, you should replace your blinds. For a contemporary style that’s just as long-lasting, look at faux wood blinds, which look like wood but can resist heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

Regardless of what style of horizontal blinds you rely on, the louvers should fit securely together when closed. If this isn’t the case, you’re due to get updated ones.


Shades are well-loved by homeowners since they’re easy to use and clean. They’re often created from fabric, which can be susceptible to a few problems as the years go by. Here are a couple signs that you need to get new shades.

8. Yellowing

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

9. Frayed Corners

This is typically due to bad installation. If your shades aren’t sized right or put up wrong, the edges can scuff when you move them up and down. At some point, these edges will unravel, making your shades look worn out. At Louver Shop of Ft. Lauderdale, we give free measurements and pro installation to ensure your custom shades fit well.

10. Hard to Raise or Lower

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like when they were newer, it’s likely since the operating system is giving out. When you call Louver Shop of Ft. Lauderdale, you’ll get total access to an extensive range of operating systems, including cordless and smart automation that adjusts your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Get Started Designing Your New Window Treatments Now

When you need to get new window treatments in Ft. Lauderdale, trust the design professionals at Louver Shop of Ft. Lauderdale. We are part of your community, so we’re just a call or text away. Our easy process gets started with design help, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll complete the job in just a couple of weeks with pro installation.

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

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