When Should You Replace Window Treatments?

When it comes to blinds and other window coverings, people usually install them and then never think about them again. But like most things, blinds and shades have a shelf life. When was the last time you inspected your window treatments? Here are some warning signs to let you know it’s time for a replacement.

Misshapen slats

Wood, faux wood, and aluminum blinds can bend or warp over time. Heat from the sun, kids, and pets can all misshape your blinds and make them difficult to raise or lower. If you notice your blinds are anything other than straight, it’s time to replace them.


When direct sunlight hits your blinds, it can bleach your blinds, giving them a faded appearance over time. However, if you notice that your blinds have a distinct yellowed color or they’re not as bright as they used to be, it’s a good time to consider replacing them. 

Hard to raise

Your blinds shouldn’t be difficult to raise or lower. If you find that you’re struggling when pulling on the chord it could mean that the mechanisms or blinds are seriously damaged. This could also put the entire window treatment at risk of falling. 

Frayed cords and edges

If you have solar shades or roller shades, you might notice the edges look a bit frayed. This is a sign that your shades are too wide for the window frame and will need to be replaced. Likewise, years of wear and tear or a broken mechanism can damage chords and are a definite sign for replacement.

New windows

If you recently had new windows installed, they might have different dimensions compared to your old ones. Any differences in depth or width could change how your blinds or shades will fit in the window. It’s better to replace your window treatments than try and force the old ones to fit. 

Contact the dedicated team at Nu-View Custom Window Treatments today for more information about the different custom blinds and shades we offer.

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