Whether you have plastic mini blinds, wooden blinds, or fake wood blinds, it can be rather annoying when one of the slats breaks in half or a drawstring snaps. But that might leave you wondering if you can fix the issue yourself, or if it’s worth it to go out and buy new ones.
Below, we’re going to take a look at how difficult it really is to repair broken window coverings to help you determine if it’s worth your time and effort.
Fixing Broken Window Coverings
The answer to whether or not it’s worth fixing your blinds really depends on their level of quality. If you’ve purchased your blinds ready-made from Walmart or some other big box store, you’re probably better off simply trashing them and replacing them with new ones. This is because the manufacturers of cheaper box store blinds don’t usually offer replacement parts. Also, keep in mind that some blind manufacturers use lifting and locking mechanisms that only function properly with a specific cord size. So, unless you somehow have an exact match that you can use to replace your snapped drawstring with, repairing them isn’t usually worth the fuss.
On the other hand, if your blinds were purchased from a high-end manufacturer or were custom ordered, you’ll likely be able to contact a dealer that sells your brand and order replacement parts. Some top manufacturers might even offer a limited lifetime warranty on their products. This usually covers parts such as the locking or tilt mechanisms. However, the slats, the header or bottom rail are not usually covered. And, neither are the ladder and cord since it’s normal for them to wear out over time due to sun exposure and the friction of being used.
Maintaining Your Window Coverings and Blinds
If you do have high-end blinds, you should be able to repair them by using nothing more than a simple flat-head screwdriver. The process is very basic and practically anyone should be able to do it. Typically, the parts that wear out will be the locking or tilt mechanism. Therefore, it’s a good idea to take your blinds down every couple of years and add a few drops of lubricant to the mechanism to help them last longer. This will also help if your tilt wand has been difficult to turn.
When dealing with mini blinds, it’s often the cord that eventually fails. With that said, it’s important to always ensure that the slats are in the fully opened position before raising them. This eliminates any unnecessary friction and allows the blinds to be raised or lowered with ease.
Should I Fix or Replace My Blinds?
As mentioned, it depends entirely on the quality of your blinds. Cheaper blinds should be replaced, simply because it will be difficult to find replacement parts. However, the manufacturers of higher-quality blinds usually offer replacement parts and it might possibly be covered under warranty. Remember that when used properly, good quality blinds should be able to easily last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Our blinds installation services in Red Deer ensure that our customers get a proper setup that will last for years to come.