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10 Signs That You Need New Window Treatments

Whether you select shutters, blinds or shades for your home, quality window treatments should work for decades. But, like many other things in your residence, they’ll ultimately need replacing, especially if they no longer match your décor.

For years, Louver Shop of Louisiana has specialized in creating well-made custom window treatments here in the United States. With the help of our professional design consultants, we make Lake Charles homes like yours more gorgeous every day, starting with a free consultation.

When your window treatments are wearing out, some hints are more clear than others. Here are a few signs that yours are needing to be replaced.

Plantation Shutters

While they might seem like a great buy at the time, imported plantation shutters are subject to needing to be replaced more quickly. This is because they’re typically made from cheaper materials.

At Louver Shop of Louisiana, we use furniture-grade woods and thick polymer in our custom shutters, which are created to offer many years of trouble-free enjoyment. They’re guaranteed against some of the most frequent issues and come with a lifetime warranty on moving parts, workmanship and the painted finish.

Here are some of the most frequent problems that occur when your plantation shutters are wearing out.

1. Cracking, Peeling or Chipping

Due to their energy efficiency, interior shutters are popular in locations with extreme heat and humidity. Unfortunately these weather conditions make them more susceptible to troubles with their finish, including cracking, peeling or chipping. You want your home to look beautiful, so when your shutters are doing this, it’s time to get new ones.

2. Yellowing

You likely know the ultraviolet rays in sunlight are what’s the cause of burning your skin. They can also lead to other discoloration to your shutters, such as yellowing, over time. While you can repaint your plantation shutters, it’s a long process, especially for wood ones. You’ll have to take them down, remove the paint, meticulously repaint them and then hang them again. Because there’s so many steps, you run the risk of ruining your shutters altogether with uneven paint or improper reinstallation. This jeopardizes your shutters’ look, as well as their energy efficiency.

3. Warping or Bending

Excellent quality plantation shutters should retain their shape over time, even on large windows. When louvers start to warp or bend, we recommend replacing them.

4. Regular Tightening Since They’re Sagging

When your shutters’ louvers aren’t tight enough, they’ll need regular tightening or adjusting. This is a time-wasting chore that isn’t needed when you have premium plantation shutters.


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

5. Dangling Cords

Dated types of blinds are often controlled by a set of cords, which isn’t safe for kids or pets. If these cords are frayed, it’s a clue that the mechanism could be wearing out. Modern custom blinds include no-cord operating systems and can even be opened and closed with your smartphone.

6. Broken or Bent Louvers

Mini blinds can take on a lot, but sometimes the louvers will break or permanently bend. When this happens, it’s time to replace your blinds. For a contemporary look that’s just as hardy, look at faux wood blinds, which look like wood but can resist heat and moisture.

7. Gaps When Closed

It doesn’t matter what kind of horizontal blinds you use, the louvers should fit snugly together when shut. If this isn’t happening, you should replace them.


Shades are popular with homeowners because they’re easy to use and clean. They’re usually manufactured from fabric, which can be susceptible to a number of issues as the years go by. Here are a few clues that you need to replace your shades.

8. Fading

Like plantation shutters, shades are also vulnerable to fading or discoloring due to the sun’s UV rays. When the color gets bleached out, it’s time to order new shades.

9. Frayed Edges

This is frequently due to poor installation. If your shades aren’t sized correctly or installed wrong, the edges can scuff when you pull them up and down. Ultimately, these edges will come apart, making your shades look bad. At Louver Shop of Louisiana, we give free measurements and skilled installation to guarantee your custom shades fit great.

10. Hard to Raise or Lower

When your shades aren’t raising or lowering like they used to, it’s likely since the operating system is giving out. When you call Louver Shop of Louisiana, you’ll enjoy total access to a large range of operating systems, like cordless and smart automation that adjusts your shades with a push of your smartphone.

Begin Designing Your New Window Treatments Now

When you need to install new window treatments in Lake Charles, turn to the design pros at Louver Shop of Louisiana. We are part of your community, so we’re just a call or text away. Our simple process gets started with design recommendations, a quote and measurements, all at no cost or obligation. Then, we’ll complete the job in just a few weeks with professional installation.

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

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