Many homeowners don’t realise the impact daily use has on their blind’s appearance and operation. Often,
blinds take a beating from children, the sun and pets. Normally, blinds will last up to eight years before
they need to be replaced. However, you may need to purchase new blinds before then if you use your blinds
If you are unsure about when to replace your blinds, look for the following signs.
Most blinds are exposed to the sun for nearly the entire day. Often, prolonged sun exposure results in
blinds that gradually fade into a yellow tone. This discolouration occurs when the blinds don’t have adequate
UV protection on the finished coating. Blinds can experience extreme damage from the sun, which often leads
to broken slats.
If you notice discolouration on your blinds, consider replacing them. Most new blinds will include
stronger UV protection to prevent damage from the sun.
Do you still have the same blinds that were first installed when you bought your home in the ’70s? Older
blinds usually make homes look dated. If you haven’t replaced your blinds since you moved into your home,
update them to a more contemporary style.
If you plan to redecorate a room in your home, replace the blinds in the process. Otherwise, your blinds
may not match the new design of the room. Older blinds may also make the newly-decorated room appear run
down. New blinds will complement your new design and give your windows a clean, polished look.
Even homeowners who regularly clean their blinds usually notice some stains over time. Your blinds may
slowly accumulate stains from different cleaning products, depending on the material the blinds are made of.
Stains also look unattractive and dirtier. If you notice stains on your blinds, replace them.
4. Broken Mechanisms
Blinds are normally easy to operate. If your blinds have damage that prevents proper operation, replacing
the entire blind set is best. Blinds have many hidden parts in the roller and head rail that could cause a
jam if damaged.
One piece of a blind that often breaks is the tilt operation. This device controls the slant of your
slats. This tilting mechanism is often difficult to repair because it requires a cord to be strung throughout
the blinds. When you replace the entire blind, you avoid having to repair these intricate features by
5. Wide Gaps
Many homeowners rely on their blinds to prevent others from looking into their homes. Blinds can provide
much needed privacy to bathrooms and bedrooms if they work properly. However, damaged blinds that have large
gaps may allow others to easily see through your windows.
Typically, blinds shouldn’t have gaps in between each slat that are wider than when you originally
purchased them. If you’re worried that your current blinds don’t provide enough privacy, get new, thicker
6. Safety Issues
If you have children or pets, older blinds may be unsafe in your home. Some older blinds have long cords
that a child or pet become entangled in.
You may need to update your blinds to a safer design if you’re concerned about potential safety hazards.
For example, roller blinds and Roman shades don’t have hanging cords. Some newer blinds that have cords
include safety features, such as cord tensions, to prevent potential dangers.
If you notice one or more of these signs with your blinds, you replace your blinds. You can talk with a
blind company to find new blinds that best fit you and your family’s needs. Additionally, these experts
can help you pick a style that perfectly matches your home’s décor.