What are the Most Common Reasons for Replacing Blinds?
Window treatments can make or break the appearance and style of any room. However, very few things are permanent in this world; even the most robust and reliable blinds will eventually need to be replaced following regular use.
This may leave you wondering: are there any indications that a change is in order for my blinds? Let’s highlight some of the main reasons why your blinds may need replacing, as well as what the signs and symptoms could mean.
Heat and humidity will often cause damage to blinds – there are two main issues associated with this condition. Firstly, it will affect the overall look of the window treatment, making it appear visually unappealing. Another problem is that it can be difficult to raise and lower individual sections, impacting the functionality of the blinds.
Most modern blinds are equipped with internal components that serve to raise, lower and lock them in place. Once again, these systems can wear down over time. If you notice that your blinds are difficult or impossible to adjust, it is only logical to consider a replacement. Another sure-fire signal is if the controlling cord skips or emits a grinding sound.
Thin or Frayed Cord Mechanisms
Many professionals believe that cords are the most essential component of a window blind. As should be expected, these ropes will eventually begin to wear down. Should a cord happen to break, it is often better to replace the entire treatment as opposed to repair the initial damage. Cords that appear thin or “cottony” are most likely close to failure. Once again, a replacement may be in order.
Window blinds are meant to block (or mitigate) the rays of the sun. Even the most modern materials will tend to suffer from the effects of ultraviolet rays. If you notice that the slats have become discoloured, faded or brittle, it is likely that they need to be changed. Unfortunately, there are few inexpensive remedies for such a condition. Although you might be able to apply a UV-blocking spray if caught early, blinds that have lost their initial tone should ultimately be replaced.
Issues when the Blinds are Closed
The purpose of any window treatment is to provide the maximum amount of discretion when it is completely closed. Over time, blind slats can become deformed to a point where they will no longer be able to remain tightly shut. This enables an excess amount of light to filter through and privacy issues will become a concern. If you notice this symptom, it is wise to seek the advice of a professional.
A Lack of Child Safety
Any parents who have a young child should always make it a priority to replace existing blinds that do not offer safety mechanisms. A dangling cord could quickly become a noose and asphyxiation can occur within minutes. There are many child-safe treatments on the market which should be considered.
Here at Kingston Blinds Direct, we offer a range of accessories and parts to help with the functionality and safety of blinds. From chains and bottom weights to cord cleats and chain tensioning pulleys, our comprehensive range will ensure your blinds remain in top working order for years to come.
These are some of the most prevalent conditions which could indicate that a change is necessary. If you are ever in doubt, it is always important to speak with a trained professional so that additional options can be explained. Call our experts on 0800 998 1994 today! If you suspect that you require entirely new replacement blinds, we also offer a wide selection of styles, materials, colours and patterns for you to choose from. From roller and venetian to vertical and blackout, you’ll be spoilt for choice; simply click on the product you like, add to your basket and complete the payment transaction – we will take care of the rest!