Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether you should replace or fix your faulty, broken or aging blinds. The right choice depends on a range of factors. Some window treatments are highly durable and last ages while others fade and malfunction sooner. On average, most people replace their blinds every 7 or 8 years. Below are some signs that your blinds either need fixing or replacing.
The mechanisms used in blinds to lift, lower and tilt them can sometimes malfunction. This can be an easy fix at times. For example, if blind slats don’t lower, you can locate the cord lock mechanism in the headrail where the lift cords run through and push the pin in it to disengage the cords.
Other times, the tilt rod can become disconnected from the tilt mechanism in the headrail, causing it to move while the slats stay in place. Mechanisms such as a wand tilt can be replaced when they become faulty. So long as there isn’t severe damage to the blinds, you or a professional can repair your blinds so they are working as new.
Sometimes no repair job can bring blinds back to life. One example is when blind slats become warped or misshapen due to heat damage or humidity damage, both of which prevent the blinds from raising and closing correctly. If one or two slats are warped, they can be replaced. However, if they’re all wonky, it’s best to replace the whole set.
Blinds often experience some fading from the sun, although newer materials offer more UV protection. Fabric window treatments are especially durable while timber is prone to weathering. If your blinds have dramatically discoloured or yellowed, this can be a sign of material deterioration. Your blind slats are losing their structural integrity and should be replaced.
Fabric roller blinds can experience fraying on the edges when they get old or if they are too wide for the window opening and are scraping along the side of the frame. Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done once the fabric starts fraying. It’s best to replace the whole set.
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