When sprucing up your home, you may be focused on decluttering and changing out old furniture pieces for sleek, modern ones—but what about yours outdoor blinds? After several years, your window coverings inevitably look worse for wear due to frequent use and exposure to extreme weather.
Read on for some signs to look out for when deciding whether or not to replace your outdoor blinds.
Discolouration and Fading
Over time, your blinds may show signs of discolouration or fading, the previously pristine white deteriorating into a dirty yellow.
Because Singapore is a tropical country, it can be blindingly sunny one moment and heavily raining the next. Hence, your blinds are vulnerable to damage from extreme weather conditions. This discolouration is exacerbated by the process of oxidation and the accumulation of dust over time.
Excessive discolouration suggests that the blind’s structural integrity has been compromised and that it’s time to find a new one.
Slats refer to the horizontal pieces you raise or lower when you adjust your blinds. Bent and misshapen slats, which may result from accidents or heat and humidity, make your blinds difficult to operate, and the more you use them, the more damage they will likely sustain.
If only one or two slats are broken, you may be able to fix the blind with replacements. However, if many slats are damaged, it is best to replace the set altogether.
Difficulty Raising Blinds
Do you struggle when adjusting your outdoor blinds? If you do, it is best to replace them—blinds should always be easy to raise.
On top of being inconvenient, damaged blinds are also dangerous: they may fall out suddenly, causing injuries. Therefore, getting new blinds as quickly as possible is critical, especially if you live with small children who may be less aware of their surroundings.
Damaged Or Exposed Cords
Frequent use and exposure to the outdoor elements make wear and tear inevitable. Over time, the blinds’ cords may become exposed or damaged, causing your blinds to become unusable or fall out.
Exposed cords are a strangling hazard for small children and pets. Hence, it would be best if you replaced them swiftly.
Not Meeting Your Needs
Do your blinds give you the desired level of privacy? Do they fully block out sunlight when drawn properly? Do they help you keep comfortable during extreme weather?
If your outdoor blinds do not meet your needs, it is best to replace them.
Besides blocking out light and giving you privacy, your outdoor blinds contribute to your home’s aesthetic as well. By throwing out outdated blinds, you can increase your comfort at home while raising the value of your home (as houses with more appealing interior designs tend to be priced higher).
While you can prolong your outdoor blinds’ lifespan by cleaning and maintaining them properly, they still need to be replaced every few years. Old, damaged blinds are inconvenient at best and dangerous at worst. Therefore, it is crucial to watch out for signs indicating it’s time to replace your blinds.