The window coverings you have in your home offer lots of style, as well as protection from prying eyes and from the sun. These coverings can get damaged, however, and can end up looking less than their best. So when is it time to get new window coverings? To help you with this decision, here are some things that providers of window coverings want you to keep in mind.
A visual inspection can tell you a lot about the window coverings and their condition. If you have fabric ones, you may start seeing them look a bit threadbare or rough. There may be stains. If you have velvet coverings, the fabric’s pile might not look as shiny and it could have gaps that show the underside. A window covering that needs replacing can also have sun spots and fading, which can easily make it look unpleasant. If you notice any of these things, you should start considering replacing the coverings.
For blinds, you may see slats that are warped or that do not fit together the way they should. This can mean that people will be able to peer in more easily and that they can also allow light in which you do not want. When you start seeing that blinds are discolored or, if they are white, have a yellowish tint to them, this can mean that they need to be replaced, since they can make the place look dingy.
If you have shutters on your windows, you also need to consider a few things. Wooden shutters that are not in good shape will be much harder to use and can start warping. The swelling of wood can cause issues when you use the shutters and that is something that you want to watch for. You may also see cracks and splitting in the material that makes up the shutters, whether wood, vinyl, or composite materials, so take the time to call an expert to see how to repair or how to replace them.
A good rule of thumb is that if the window coverings are making the room look less pleasant than it is or if you are worried that they are letting in sunlight when they should not be, then you have to think about getting them replaced. You do not want to end up with window coverings that are not useful and that do not protect your home the way they should. Look for visual damage as well as for difficulties using them, since these are all signs that it is time for new ones. If you want to learn more about when to start planning on replacing the window coverings in your home, you will want to reach out to a window covering expert like us at DECO Window Fashions. We are ready to help you decide on the best options for your home and for your budget. You can stop by one of our locations to learn more about what we offer.