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10 Signs You Should Get New Window Treatments

Whether you choose shutters, blinds or shades for your house, quality window treatments should last for a long time. But, like the majority of other things in your residence, they’ll eventually need updating, even more so if they no longer coordinate with your style.

For years, Louver Shop of Maryland has specialized in making well-made custom window treatments here in the USA. With the assistance of our professional design consultants, we make Baltimore houses like yours more gorgeous daily, starting with a free consultation.

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

Plantation Shutters

While they could feel like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing to be replaced sooner. This is due to the fact they’re usually manufactured from low-cost materials.

At Louver Shop of Maryland, we incorporate furniture-grade woods and solid polymer in our custom shutters, which are created to provide many years of trouble-free operation. They’re warrantied against some of the most common troubles and include a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most frequent issues that happen when your plantation shutters are getting old.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Due to their energy efficiency, interior shutters are desirable in locations with extreme heat and humidity. Unfortunately these elements make them more vulnerable to troubles with their finish, including cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your house to look stunning, so when your shutters start doing this, it’s time to replace them.

2. Yellowing

You likely are aware the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s the cause of giving you a sunburn. They can also result in other damage to your shutters, like yellowing, as the years go by. While it’s possible to repaint your plantation shutters, it’s an in-depth process, even more so for wood shutters. You’ll have to unscrew them, strip the paint, carefully repaint them and then hang them again. Since there’s a lot of things to do, you might ruin your shutters altogether with streaky paint or improper reinstallation. This compromises your shutters’ look, as well as their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Excellent quality plantation shutters should hold their shape as the years pass, even on wide windows. When louvers begin to warp or bend, you should replace them.

4. Regular Tightening Since They’re Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers are sagging, they’ll have to have routine tightening or adjusting. This is a time-consuming job that isn’t required when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are rank high among the most installed styles for window blinds, because they’re affordable, versatile and durable. Unfortunately, they will not last forever, so here are a couple of symptoms that yours require replacement.

5. Dangling Cords

Old types of blinds are often controlled by cords, which isn’t the best idea for kids or pets. If these cords are frayed, it’s a hint that the mechanism may be getting old. Modern custom blinds include cord-free operating systems and can even be raised and lowered with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can take on a lot, but in some cases the louvers will break or permanently bend. In this instance, you should update your blinds. For a modern look that’s just as durable, consider faux wood blinds, which look like wood but can resist heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Closed

It isn’t relevant what model of horizontal blinds you use, the louvers should fit tightly together when shut. If this isn’t the case, you’re due to get updated ones.


Shades are a homeowner favorite as they’re fast to use and clean. They’re typically made from fabric, which can experience a number of issues as time passes. Here are a couple signs that you should get new shades.

8. Yellowing

Like plantation shutters, shades are also susceptible to fading or discoloration due to the sun’s UV rays. When the color gets washed out, it’s time to install new shades.

9. Damaged Sides

This is often the result of inexperienced installation. If your shades aren’t sized right or put up wrong, the edges can scuff when you raise and lower them. At some point, these edges will unravel, making your shades look bad. At Louver Shop of Maryland, we provide free measurements and skilled installation to ensure your custom shades fit great.

10. Has Trouble Raising or Lowering

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 work with Louver Shop of Maryland, you’ll enjoy full access to a large range of operating systems, like cordless and smart automation that moves your shades with a push of your smartphone.

Begin Designing Your New Window Treatments Right Away

When it’s time to replace your window treatments in Baltimore, trust the design pros at Louver Shop of Maryland. We are members of your community, so we’re merely a call or text away. Our simple process gets started with design suggestions, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll wrap up the job in just a few weeks with pro installation.

To start designing your new window treatments, contact us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation right away!

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