Being a homeowner is very rewarding, but it also comes with a lot of responsibility. When you purchase a home, you need to maintain the lawn, rake leaves, and clean the windows, siding, shades, and many other items as well. Certain tasks are easy to identify when they need to be done, such as mowing the lawn. Other tasks may not be as obvious. Listed below are three signs that you should look for that signify that it’s time to replace your window shades.
Many shades will fade over time. If you notice that your shades no longer seem to have their original color due to the constant sun, or just have certain portions that have become discolored, it’s a sign that you should replace your shades. Over time, stains will accumulate on shades of dust, dirt, and insects. This is another sign that you should replace your shades. Certain colors are easier to notice than others. For example, white shades can fade and become yellow over time.
Another important indicator in replacing shades are cracks in some of your shades. If you notice cracks or that there are pieces that are bent or broken off, it’s time to replace them. Over time, shades become weaker and are easier to break. If they begin cracking in multiple areas, it not only looks unappealing, but it’s a sign that they are too old. On a related note, if you are missing an individual portion of the shade because it broke, you should consider replacing your shades.
- Difficulty Raising or Lowering
If you consistently find that your shades have become extra difficult to raise or lower, this is an indicator that it may be time to replace your shades. Over time, the pulley system within the shade can begin to bind. While the pulley system can be repaired, it is a sign of wear and tear and indicates the shade is ready to be replaced. The drawcord can also become frayed which can bind in the pulley system or break as you pull on it.