When is it Time to Replace Your Blinds?

When is it Time to Replace Your Blinds?

Not sure if it's the right time to replace your blinds? On average, people update their window coverings every 3 to 5 years. If you can't recall the last time you changed yours, they might have endured significant wear and tear. Here are some key warning signs that indicate it’s time for a replacement.

Warped or Bent Slats

Have your blinds lost their original straight lines? Faux wood blinds can warp due to prolonged heat exposure, while wood blinds can suffer in high humidity. In desert climates, fabric Roman shades or cellular shades are ideal. Avoid wood blinds in humid areas like bathrooms and laundry rooms.

Hard or Impossible to Raise

Are your blinds difficult to raise, requiring substantial effort? This could indicate damage to the lift mechanism, which might be on the verge of breaking. Forcing the blinds could cause them to fall, potentially causing injury or damage. Replace hard-to-lift blinds immediately to avoid danger.

Frayed Cords

Frayed cords are a sign of either age-related wear and tear or internal lift mechanisms damaging the strings. In either case, the blinds may fail or become unusable. If you notice frayed cords, it’s time for a replacement.

Discolored Slats

Sun exposure can fade blinds over time. While newer materials offer more UV protection, if your blinds have turned yellow or look faded compared to their original color, it’s a sign of material deterioration. Discolored slats are closer to breaking, so replace them promptly.

Frayed Fabric Edges

If your fabric shades (Roman, cellular, or roller) have frayed edges, it indicates they are scraping against the window frame. Replace them sooner rather than later, as continued use will cause further damage. Follow our handy How to Measure guide to ensure a proper fit and avoid ordering shades that are too wide.

Slats Don’t Close Tight

If your slats have larger gaps when closed or your tilt wand no longer moves them properly, the tilt mechanism might be faulty. Re-cording the entire blind can be challenging, so it’s often better to replace the entire blind for effective functioning.

They Don’t Meet Your Needs

Even if your blinds or shades look fine, they might not be the right product for your needs. Perhaps your mini blinds allow too much light, causing glare on your TV, or you need something more energy-efficient. Upgrading to a higher quality product that better meets your needs is a good idea. Consider donating your current blinds if they’re still in good condition.

They’re Out of Style

Have you been living in your home for a long time? Do you still have old vinyl roller shades from the 60s or outdated floral print curtains? Old window coverings not only date your home but can also be dangerous. Most blinds and shades have a lifespan of about 7 or 8 years. It might be time for a more contemporary look.

You Have New Windows

If you’ve installed new windows, their dimensions might have changed slightly. They could be more energy-efficient, so enhance that efficiency with new shades like cellular shades. Don’t put your old blinds back up; dress your new windows with updated coverings to match their improved functionality and aesthetics.

Updating your window blinds not only enhances the look of your home but also ensures safety and functionality. Keep an eye out for these signs to know when it’s time for a change.

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