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10 Signs Its Time for New Window Treatments

Whether you choose shutters, blinds or shades for your residence, quality window treatments should be enjoyed for many years. But, like most other things in your home, they’ll eventually need to be updated, particularly if they no longer complement your style.

For years, Louver Shop of San Antonio has specialized in crafting long-lasting custom window treatments here in the U.S. With the help of our professional design consultants, we make San Antonio homes like yours more gorgeous each day, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are wearing out, some hints are more clear than others. Here are several clues that yours need to be replaced.

Plantation Shutters

While they might appear like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are susceptible to needing to be replaced faster. This is since they’re typically produced from lower-quality materials.

At Louver Shop of San Antonio, we use furniture-grade woods and thick polymer in our custom shutters, which are made to give many years of trouble-free enjoyment. 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 typical troubles that pop up when your plantation shutters are wearing out.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Because of their energy efficiency, interior shutters are desirable in areas with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these elements make them more vulnerable to troubles with their finish, including cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your residence to look its best, so once your shutters begin doing this, it’s time to get new ones.

2. Yellowing

You typically are aware the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s the cause of burning your skin. They can also create other harm to your shutters, such as yellowing, as the years go by. While you can refinish your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, especially for wood models. You’ll be required to remove them, get rid of the paint, carefully repaint them and then reinstall them. As there’s many steps, you run the risk of ruining your shutters totally with uneven paint or bad reinstallation. This compromises your shutters’ aesthetics, as well as their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Premium plantation shutters should retain their shape over time, even on expansive windows. When louvers are warping or bending, we recommend replacing them.

4. Regular Tightening Due to Sagging

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


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

5. Dangling Cords

Older kinds of blinds are usually controlled by a set of cords, which isn’t good for kids or pets. If these cords are fraying, it’s a sign that the mechanism could be getting old. Newer custom blinds include cordless 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 snap or permanently bend. In this case, you should get new blinds. For a contemporary model that’s just as hardy, consider faux wood blinds, which are similar to wood but can resist heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Drawn

It doesn’t matter what style of horizontal blinds you have, the louvers should fit tightly together when closed. If not, it’s time to get updated ones.


Shades are popular with homeowners because they’re easy to use and clean. They’re often manufactured from fabric, which can have several issues as the years go by. Here are a couple symptoms that you’re due to get new shades.

8. Discoloration

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 order new shades.

9. Damaged Corners

This is typically due to improper installation. If your shades aren’t sized properly or installed wrong, the edges can scuff when you move them up and down. At some point, these edges will fray, making your shades look bad. At Louver Shop of San Antonio, we offer free measurements and skilled installation to ensure your custom shades fit well.

10. Hard to Raise or Lower

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like they used to, it’s often due to the fact the operating system is wearing out. When you partner with Louver Shop of San Antonio, you’ll enjoy complete access to a wide range of operating systems, such as cordless and smart automation that adjusts your shades with a tap of your smartphone.

Get Started Designing Your New Window Treatments Today

When it’s time to get new window treatments in San Antonio, trust the design pros at Louver Shop of San Antonio. We are members of your community, so we’re just a call or text away. Our uncomplicated process gets started with design suggestions, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll complete the job in just several weeks with pro installation.

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

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