Most people don’t inspect their window treatments too frequently once they’ve been installed. You may regularly clean them, but have you stopped to take a hard look at how they’re doing? Regular wear and tear occurs gradually, so you might not notice it during a quick clean. That’s why it’s important to make an effort to inspect your window treatments. Depending on how long you’ve had your current treatments, taking a longer look will help you determine whether or not you need to replace them.
While it may seem like an unnecessary expense, replacing window treatments offers many benefits. It also allows you to completely redesign a room in a subtle, yet effective way. In fact, replacing your window treatments can easily have the same effect as getting a whole new set of furniture. Regardless of if you have drapes, shades, or blinds, knowing when to replace window treatments is important in the general upkeep of your home. Give your treatments a thorough inspection and if you notice any of the following, call a professional blinds company like Blinds by Design for an in-home consultation today.
1. Evidence of a Draft
If you notice a draft, you might need new windows. However, with the right window treatments, you should be able to minimize drafts and keep out the cold. If you haven’t updated your window treatments in a long time and start noticing a draft, but don’t want to pay for new windows, consider updating your treatments. We recommend opting for curtains that fit your window tightly that can be layered. When you have more layers, they are more effective at keeping out unwanted air.
2. Increased Energy Bills
Even if your windows are drafty, window treatments can help reduce the amount of sun that shines in. This helps to dramatically reduce the internal temperature of your home, thus lowering energy bills. If you keep your thermostat at a consistent temperature, and start to see an increase in your energy bills as the years move forward, it might be time to look at your window treatments. Old, outdated, and broken window treatments aren’t as efficient at blocking out the sun. Replace your window treatments to help reduce your energy bills. It’s a pretty strong return on your investment and you’ll probably even end up saving a few dollars in the long run.
3. Recently Installed New Windows
If you recently got new windows but still have your old window treatments, it’s time to replace them. New windows don’t get installed that often and when they do, it’s likely that they’re a completely different style or even size than your old windows and window treatments. Instead of living with awkward treatments that don’t really do they’re job on your new windows, now is the time to update your style. Measure your new windows and choose your preferred treatment type. Contact a window treatment specialist to go over your options and enjoy window treatments that actually compliment your new windows.
4. Warped Slats
One of the most obvious signs that it’s time to replace your window treatments is when you notice any warped or bent slats. This happens more commonly on wood and faux wood blinds due to humidity or heat damage, but is possible on all types of window treatments with slats—even aluminum blinds. Once you notice warped slats, it will be hard to notice anything else. They stick out like a sore thumb and will eventually affect the way your treatments work.
Depending on the severity of the warping, you may be able to replace just a few slats. However, if the damage is extensive and the function of your blinds is impaired, it’s better to just replace the entire thing. If you come to the conclusion that the warping is caused by the weather, consider switching to fabric window treatments to avoid future problems.
5. Difficulty Raising or Lowering
If you’re having trouble raising or lowering your window treatments, it’s probably because the slats are warped or damaged. While you may not be able to see this damage as apparently as the warping we discussed above, it’s obviously still impacting the way you use your window treatments.
Difficulty raising or lowering your blinds can also suggest that the lifting mechanisms themselves are damaged. We recommend fixing them or getting them replaced as soon as possible, as these problems can lead to more serious issues. When people try to force raise blinds, they could fall out of the window and become a hazard.
This is another pretty obvious sign that indicates the need for replacement. If you have fabric window treatments, they might just need a quick wash. After doing the wash, inspect them again. If they’re still yellowed or discolored, it’s time for a replacement. The same discoloration will happen on blinds or shades after elongated exposure to the sun so make sure that you inspect your window treatments regardless of what you currently have.
7. Frayed Cords or Edges
When your cords start to show signs of wear and tear, it’s immediately apparent and doesn’t look great. Sometimes, frayed cords are caused by defective lifting mechanisms, but most often it is just old age. If you’ve gotten to this point, it’s way past time to get your window treatments replaced! Cords take years to fray without external mechanisms doing the damage so get ready for some redecorating.
The same can be said about frayed edges on fabric window treatments. When you noticed frayed edges, it’s because your shades are actually too wide for the window and they’re continually scraping the wall. You don’t necessary need new treatments, but the fraying will continue to get worse so you might as well address the problem sooner rather than later.
8. Slats That Don’t Close
Over time, just like the lift mechanism can get damaged, the tilt mechanism starts to wear out. When you try to close your blinds, but they don’t seem to budge without some external help – i.e., manually closing the slats – it’s time for a replacement. Not only will you be able to update your look, you’ll actually be reminded of what it was like to close the slats on your window treatments and get the privacy you’ve longed for. After getting a replacement, you’ll quickly notice better lighting control and reduced energy bills.
9. Unsafe Conditions
If you have kids or pets running around, you need to pay special attention to this. When cords are exposed, they pose a serious hazard—both for children and animals. The parts are small and should be considered choking hazards. To keep your loved ones safe, opt to replace your window treatments and upgrade to an option that doesn’t have exposed cords. With the new options for treatments available, you won’t be limited in your choices. There are cordless, motorized blinds, shutters, and shades, or you can switch to a fabric curtain or drape. To learn more about cordless options, contact Blinds by Design today.
10. Outdated Needs
Maybe you haven’t noticed any of these problems, but your needs are changing. It’s possible that your old window treatments don’t offer as much privacy that you now seek or you can’t quite banish the glare that streaks across the TV after you rearranged your living room. Regardless of how your needs have changed, a simple window treatment replacement could be the answer to solve your problems. If you feel like your current treatments just aren’t working with you anymore, don’t worry. A change in blinds, drapes, or shades is an easy way to meet the demands of your changing lifestyle.
11. Outdated Style
Finally, you may have simply outgrown the style of your old window treatments. Again, this is completely normal. We re-decorate rooms in our homes all the time so it makes sense that every now and then we want to re-decorate our windows. If you recently made in-home renovations and want to bring your window treatments up to style, give Blinds by Design a call for an in-home consultation and we can walk through your options with you.
Window treatments have a myriad of advantages, but old treatments will fall short. When it’s time to replace your window treatments, give the professionals at Blinds by Design a call. Our specialists are trained and ready to help you update your home, increase your privacy, customize your look, and make sure that your living space is safe. We’re here to help you find the perfect window treatments for your home and don’t mind getting rid of the old ones in the process. To learn more about our window treatments, contact us today! You can call us at (479) 318-1223 or fill out the contact form on our website to schedule a free in-home consolation.