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When Should You Replace Window Treatments?

Many people tend to overlook their window treatments, especially when it comes to blinds and shades. But like most things, blinds and shades have a shelf life. Whether you’re updating an entire room or just want a change of scenery, here are some warning signs to let you know it’s time for a replacement.


When sunlight hits your blinds, it can bleach them and give them a faded appearance over time. If you notice that your blinds have a yellowed coloring or the colors aren’t as bright as they used to be, it’s a good time to consider replacing them. 

Misshapen slats

Blinds made from wood, faux wood, and aluminum can also bend over time. Your blinds can also become misshapen from excess heat, kds, and pets. If you notice your blinds are anything other than straight, it’s time to replace them.

Frayed cords and edges

You might notice the edges look a bit frayed if you have solar shades or roller shades. 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.

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. 

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. 

At Patriot Blinds, we offer a wide selection of custom window treatments to choose from. We’ll help you find the right kind of blinds for your windows or doors. Contact us today for your free consultation!

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