When Should I Replace my Window Treatments?

 

The average lifespan of window treatments is seven to eight years, but homeowners may want to replace their blinds even before then. Otherwise, old and worn-out blinds in your home might become unsafe and unsightly.

Here are some signs that can tell you that it’s time to let your blinds rest and to get new ones.

Warped or Bent Slats
Heat and humidity can damage slats. For instance, faux wood blinds get warped due to too much heat
while wood blinds might be damaged due to humidity. Pets and kids can also damage aluminum mini blinds, bending the slats. If many of the slats are misshapen, it’s time to get a replacement.

You Struggle Raising Your Blinds
Are you having a difficult time raising and lowering your blinds? Does raising your blinds take much more effort than it used to? If you answered yes to these questions, it may be time to upgrade your blinds to a newer model. The lifting mechanisms of your blinds can easily be damaged, which can have a negative impact on the functionality of your window coverings.

Frayed Cords
Old age and wear and tear can destroy the cords of your blinds. This is a major reason to get a replacement. Failing to address the issue may make the blinds fall or become unusable over time.

Your Blind Slats Do Not Close Correctly
If you find yourself constantly having to twist and tilt your blind wand repeatedly and your slats barely move, there may be something wrong with your window covering.

Discoloration
Excessive discoloration is a sign that the blind slats no longer have the same structural integrity. It means that they won’t last much longer. Yellowing or discoloration of slats occurs when they are heavily exposed to the sun. When buying a replacement, look for the latest models that have higher UV protection as these last longer.

Your Blinds Are Not Child Proof
If you have young children, childproofing your window treatments should be a priority for the safety of your family. We’ve heard numerous stories of young kids who become entangled in window covering cords, which can lead to serious injury and in some cases, death. We are well versed in the variety of child-safe window treatments, and we can help you find the best blinds, shades, and drapes for your home.

While repairs can be done on window blinds, there are times that it’s wiser and more cost-effective to replace the entire set. When you notice any of the signs above, give us a call.  We can help!