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10 Signs Its Time for New Window Treatments

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

For years, Louver Shop of South Georgia has specialized in making well-made custom window treatments here in the USA. With the support of our professional design consultants, we make Albany residences like yours more gorgeous each day, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are getting old, some clues are more clear than others. Here are a couple of signs that yours require replacement.

Plantation Shutters

While they might feel like a good deal at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing replacement more quickly. This is since they’re often manufactured from low-cost materials.

At Louver Shop of South Georgia, we incorporate furniture-grade woods and advanced polymer in our custom shutters, which are made to offer many years of trouble-free operation. They’re guaranteed against some of the most frequent troubles and include a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most typical troubles that pop up when your plantation shutters are getting old.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Due to their energy efficiency, interior shutters are desirable in climates with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these weather conditions make them more likely to have issues with their finish, such as cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your residence to look stunning, so if your shutters start doing this, it’s time to install new ones.

2. Yellowing

You likely realize the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s responsible for giving you a sunburn. They can also create other discoloration to your shutters, such as yellowing, as the years pass. While it’s possible to refurbish your plantation shutters, it’s a long process, particularly for wood ones. You’ll need to remove them, get rid of the paint, meticulously repaint them and then hang them again. As there’s many things to do, you run the risk of ruining your shutters totally with streaked paint or improper reinstallation. This undermines your shutters’ appearance, as well as their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Excellent quality plantation shutters should hold their shape as the years pass, even on large windows. When louvers start 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 regular tightening or adjusting. This is a time-consuming task that isn’t required when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are amidst the most installed styles for window blinds, as they’re affordable, versatile and durable. Unfortunately, they won’t last forever, so here are several clues that yours require replacement.

5. Suspended Cords

Old types of blinds are often controlled by a set of cords, which isn’t good for kids or pets. If these cords are frayed, it’s a hint that the mechanism may be giving out. Modern custom blinds feature cord-free operating systems and can even be adjusted with 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 instance, you should update your blinds. For a contemporary look that’s just as hardy, consider faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can withstand heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

Regardless of what kind of horizontal blinds you rely on, the louvers should fit tightly together when closed. If this isn’t happening, you should get new ones.


Shades are a homeowner favorite since they’re easy to use and clean. They’re typically created from fabric, which can be susceptible to a few problems as the years go by. Here are a few clues that you should replace your shades.

8. Fading

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

9. Damaged Sides

This is typically the result of improper installation. If your shades aren’t sized right or installed wrong, the edges can scuff when you pull them up and down. Ultimately, these edges will fray, making your shades look unsightly. At Louver Shop of South Georgia, we provide free measurements and professional installation to ensure your custom shades fit just right.

10. Has Trouble Raising or Lowering

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like when they were newer, it’s likely due to the fact the operating system is breaking down. When you partner with Louver Shop of South Georgia, you’ll have full access to an extensive range of operating systems, including cordless and smart automation that raises and lowers your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Begin Creating Your New Window Treatments Today

When you need to replace your window treatments in Albany, rely on the design professionals at Louver Shop of South Georgia. We are part of your community, so we’re merely a call or text away. Our easy process starts 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, contact us at 888-428-1415 to request your free consultation today!

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