Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Window Blinds

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Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Window Blinds

How Long Do Blinds Last?

The average lifespan of window treatments is seven to eight years but homeowners may want to replace their blinds even before then. Otherwise, old and worn-out blinds in your Philadelphia home might become unsafe and unsightly. There are several signs that can tell you that it’s time to let your blinds rest and to get new ones.

Warped or Misshapen Slats

Heat and humidity can damage slats. For instance, faux wood blinds get warped due to too much heat while wood blinds might be damaged due to humidity. Pets and kids can also damage aluminum mini blinds, bending the slats. If many of the slats are misshapen, it’s time to get a replacement.

Worn-Out Window Blinds

Hard to Raise and Lower

Raising the blinds should be easy. In case you need to use a lot of force just to lift it, there’s probably a problem. It’s either the blinds’ lifting mechanisms are damaged or they can’t handle the weight of the blinds because they’re too wide. This problem shouldn’t be ignored since it can pose a danger. Blinds that are hard to lift may eventually fall, putting your family at risk of injury.

Old age and wear and tear can destroy the cords of your blinds. This is a major reason to get a replacement. Failing to address the issue may make the blinds fall or become unusable over time.


Excessive discoloration is a sign that the blind slats no longer have the same structural integrity. It means that they won’t last much longer. Yellowing or discoloration of slats occurs when they are heavily exposed to the sun. When buying a replacement, look for the latest models that have higher UV protection as these last longer.

Tilt Mechanism Problems

Once the blinds’ tilt mechanism gives out, the slats will no longer close as tightly as they should or move even if you twist the tilt wand repeatedly. In this case, it’s better to get a new set since it’s difficult to replace the mechanism without having to re-cord the entire unit.

While repairs can be done on window blinds, there are times that it’s wiser and more cost-effective to replace the entire set. When you notice any of the signs above, go to a reliable manufacturer of window blinds and wallpaper to get a new and better unit.

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Last Updated: December 16th, 2019


Shani is the Marketing Director of Allure Window Treatments. She has over a decade of experience in the home improvement and window treatments industry.

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