If there’s any flaw we could think of about window treatments, it would have to be the fact that they do not last forever. Window coverings age just as we do and depending on how much they’ve gone through, the damage could range from minimal to horrible.
But how do you know when it’s too bad that replacements should be in order? No one wants to waste a really good window covering, especially if the price tag it came with wasn’t exactly budget-friendly at the time. However, we should also know when they need to retire - especially if they are not serving us anymore.
Below are some red flags that signal the right time to replace your window treatments. Keep in mind that you don’t need to check everything on this list before you make a replacement. We suggest that as long as it’s not doing you or your home any good, it’s time to welcome a new window converting into your home.
Window treatments lose their structural integrity when they start to yellow or become discolored. Their color and overall quality fades due to prolonged exposure to the sun. No matter if it is wood or fabric, any type of window treatment would lose its color to the sun. If you notice that your blinds don’t look the same as it used to be, it’s time for a replacement.
These days, there are plenty of window treatment solutions that offer UV protection. You may want to consider this option if you are concerned about protecting your home and family from the harsh rays of the sun.
Warped slats are a common problem for homeowners with wooden blinds. Again, this is caused by prolonged sun exposure. Wooden blinds don’t do well with the heat from the sun as it warps and bends the slats. Although the damage can be repaired by an expert, we recommend replacing the whole system if a handful of slats need replacements. It is far more cost-efficient to get a new one rather than paying repairs for each damaged slat.
If you are having difficulties in raising your blinds, chances are its lifting mechanisms has been damaged. There could be a number of reasons why this happens; perhaps a wrong pull of its cord may have affected the whole system. But the more common reason behind this is simply age and daily use. If your window treatment has gone through years of wear and tear, it will obviously age and its quality may not be the same as it was before.
Are you expecting kids soon? Or perhaps adding a new pet to the family? You may want to change your blinds, especially if they come with stringy cords. Believe it or not, there are tons of cases wherein small children and pets get entangled by cords of window coverings. Having stringy cords around naughty kids and pets may put them at risk and if so, you really need to consider replacing your window treatments.