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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 be enjoyed for many years. But, like many other things in your home, they’ll ultimately need updating, especially if they no longer fit your home.

For years, Louver Shop of Knoxville has specialized in crafting long-lasting custom window treatments here in the USA. With the support of our experienced design consultants, we make Knoxville residences like yours more gorgeous every day, starting with a free consultation.

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

Plantation Shutters

While they could appear like a good deal at the time, imported plantation shutters are liable to needing replacement sooner. This is since they’re usually manufactured from cheaper materials.

At Louver Shop of Knoxville, we rely on 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 problems and include a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most frequent troubles that happen when your plantation shutters are wearing out.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Because of their energy efficiency, interior shutters are desirable in locations with high heat and humidity. Unfortunately these climates make them more likely to have troubles with their finish, such as cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your house to look beautiful, so if your shutters start doing this, it’s time to install new ones.

2. Yellowing

You typically realize the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s responsible for turning your skin red. They can also result in other harm to your shutters, such as yellowing, over time. While you could repaint your plantation shutters, it’s a detailed process, particularly for wood models. You’ll be required to take them down, strip the paint, meticulously repaint them and then hang them again. Since there’s so many things to do, you might ruin your shutters altogether with streaked paint or improper reinstallation. This jeopardizes your shutters’ appearance, in addition to their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Good quality plantation shutters should keep their shape over time, even on wide windows. When louvers begin warping or bending, it’s time to replace them.

4. Regular Tightening Because of Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers are loose, they’ll need routine tightening or adjusting. This is a tedious job that isn’t necessary when you have premium plantation shutters.


Mini blinds are amidst the most loved styles for window blinds, due to their affordability, versatility and durability. Unfortunately, they will not last forever, so here are several signs that yours require replacement.

5. Long Cords

Old types of blinds are typically controlled by cords, which isn’t the best idea for kids or pets. If these cords are fraying, it’s a hint that the mechanism might be getting old. 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 sometimes the louvers will break or permanently bend. In this case, you should get new blinds. For a contemporary style that’s just as durable, look at faux wood blinds, which look like wood but can stand up to heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Shut

Regardless of what type of horizontal blinds you have, the louvers should fit tightly together when closed. If this isn’t the case, you should get new ones.


Shades are popular with homeowners as they’re fast to use and clean. They’re often made from fabric, which can have a number of troubles as the years go by. Here are a few signs that you should replace your shades.

8. Fading

Like plantation shutters, shades are also likely to fade or discolor from the sun’s UV rays. When the color gets bleached out, you’re due to install new shades.

9. Damaged Corners

This is typically caused by poor installation. If your shades aren’t sized right or put up wrong, the edges can rub when you pull them up and down. Ultimately, these edges will come apart, making your shades look worn out. At Louver Shop of Knoxville, we offer free measurements and skilled installation to make sure your custom shades fit well.

10. Has Trouble Raising or Lowering

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like they used to, it’s probably due to the fact the operating system is giving out. When you work with Louver Shop of Knoxville, you’ll get full access to a wide range of operating systems, like cordless and smart automation that moves your shades with a touch of your smartphone.

Begin Designing Your New Window Treatments Now

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

To get started creating your new window treatments, contact us at 888-428-1415 to book your free consultation now!

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