Answers to Common Window Treatment Issues

Kim Rush
Written by Kim Rush
Updated February 15, 2016
sitting room with honeycomb shades
These Hunter Douglas Duette® honeycomb shades use a special glue that won’t fail or yellow over the life of the product. (Photo courtesy of Decorview)

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Diagnose your window treatment woes using our guide to the most common window treatment issues. And the next time you’re shopping for window treatments, make sure to choose a quality brand that is backed by a lifetime guarantee.

Light leaks and gaps in window treatments

Windows vary considerably in width and height, not to mention all the other details that will impact the fit, such as trim, molding and sill depth. If you’re experiencing significant light leaks and large gaps, then it’s possible your window treatment is the wrong size for the space or the product wasn’t installed in the window frame correctly.

Choosing a custom solution that includes professional measuring ensures your window covering will be fabricated to your exact window specifications. When combined with professional installation, this guarantees your new blinds, shades, shutters or drapery will fit perfectly and function as intended.

Shades or blinds that lose their shape

Window treatments losing their form and shape over time is a common issue with blinds and shades that are cheaply made.

Cellular shades are one of the most popular window treatment styles on the market, but over time, the glue holding the honeycomb shape can fail, causing the cell to flatten out. Not only does this negatively impact the shade’s appearance, but it can also hinder its energy efficiency benefits. High quality cellular shades are manufactured using special glue that won’t fail or yellow over the life of the product.

Aluminum blinds can also have trouble holding their shape, bowing and bending over time. Metal blinds manufactured with spring-back technology are more likely to keep their strong, horizontal shape. 

Window treatment cord issues

kid's bedroom with Hunter Douglas Parkland Wood Blinds
Choosing an advanced, cordless operating system not only increases convenience and safety, but it also prevents many cord-related window treatment issues, extending the useful life of your blinds or shades. (Photo courtesy of Decorview)

Poor cord functionality is incredibly frustrating and not uncommon as window treatments age and cords become tangled and twisted with use. If child and pet safety isn’t a concern in your home, then keep cords dangling rather than wrapping them around a cord cleat. Regular wrapping causes the internal cords to twist, compromising the window treatment’s ability to raise and lower effectively. Operating cords can also cause cheaply designed internal components to break when continuous cord rubbing weakens the structure. 

Yellowing, warping, cracking blinds

Temperature changes, humidity and UV rays wreak havoc on window treatments, causing blinds, shades and shutters to discolor, warp and crack over time. UV rays also can cause internal components to become brittle and break.

When shopping for window treatments, choose the right style for the environment. For example, if your wood blinds or shutters have started to bow, it’s likely because of exposure to moisture and humidity, which is why window treatments fabricated from wood aren’t recommended for rooms like the bathroom or laundry room.

Choosing a higher quality, custom product typically means your window treatments are manufactured to withstand the elements, maintaining their structural integrity and luster longer. 

Window treatment falls off the window

Window treatments can be heavy, therefore if they aren’t installed correctly, then they will likely fall off the window, leaving a gaping hole behind. Choosing professional installation will not only save you time and hassle, but it will also ensure your window treatment is securely attached the first time.

Even if your window treatment is installed correctly, poorly made brackets and other components can fail, which is why it’s important to know the risks of trading quality for cost.

Do you have a window treatment issue not covered in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.

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