Wooden blinds have that timeless appeal which makes them one of the most popular choices for home-owners. They go well with most design concepts, be it classic or chic. They are easy to maintain and provide a good, solid covering for your windows. They also come with multi-functional benefits, with its thick material providing heightened insulation, noise-cancellation, and excellent light control.
So, it’s a pity when your carefully selected and lovingly maintained blinds warp. The problem may lie not in the blinds itself, but in the natural elements that they have been exposed to. Let’s look at the underlying factors that cause blinds to warp.
What Causes Blinds to Warp?
Like all things, blinds, too show signs of decay. Warping is the most common indication of decay you will see in wooden blinds.
Natural wood blinds are made from natural hardwood that has undergone no chemical alterations. They might still get chemically treated on the outside, but it should not impact its natural make. Some of the most common natural-wood blinds use hardwood from Oak, Basswood, and Cherry trees.
Natural wood a known to be the best performer when it comes to prolonged exposure to sunlight and heat. A natural-wood blind’s performance depends heavily on how well the wood has been dried by the manufacturer. If you wish to get the most out of your wooden blinds, do find out about the manufacturing process undergone by your natural-wood blinds before making a purchase.
However, natural-wood blinds are not invincible. They will warp in high-humidity environments. So avoid using natural-wood blinds in laundry rooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen.
Composite Wood Blinds
Composite wood blinds, as the name suggests, are made from a mixture of synthetic and natural wood materials. The most common material used are plastic resins, wood pulp, polystyrene, and other synthetic materials.
These blinds are susceptible to warping. Their high plastic content makes them vulnerable to sunlight and heat. If you are going for composite-wood blinds, get them in light or white colors, so that they reflect most of the sunlight that falls on it. However, their plastic content gives them good protection against moisture. So, you can safely have them in the kitchen or in the laundry room.
These blinds look like wooden blinds but are synthetically manufactured from vinyl or PVC materials. The high plastic content makes them unsuitable for high-temperature environments. But the plastic make protects them from moisture.
How to Prevent Blinds from Warping
There are a few methods you can employ to prevent your blinds from warping.
If you get tinted windows, it will give you an added protective layer against the onslaught of the sun. Window tints will act like sunglasses on your windows. They will not only protect your blinds but also stop the UV rays from reaching your furnishings and occupants.
You can get your blinds chemically treated to withstand high heat and humid conditions. These treatments would not be visible to the naked eye but will go a long way in increasing the longevity of the blinds.
If you install a window film, it will give some long-lasting protection against the blasting sun and heat. It will also protect the interiors from sun-damage when the blinds are open.
External Window Shade
You can also think of putting an external window shade, in the form of an awning, external shades, or shutters. External window shades will protect your windows from the sun and rain, all round the year, giving your blinds a long lease of life.
Use appropriate cleaning materials to clean your wooden windows to avoid damaging them. Cleaning off excess moisture from the windows will also keep them from warping.
How to Fix Warped Wooden Blinds?
A warped wooden blind is an eyesore. It spoils the symmetry of the whole structure while getting in the way of its proper functioning. A warped blind is difficult to operate. Even when closed, the warped part refuses to close properly due to its deformed shape. There is only one way of fixing it – replacing the offending slat.
You can fix a blind slat without taking the whole blind down.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional
Step 1: You need to remove the plugs located at the bottom of the bottom rail. This will bring insight the lift cords that run along the two sides of the blind.
Step 2:Next step is to untie the knots.
Step 3: Now go to the broken slat and start pulling out the lift cord through all the other slats that are beneath the broken one.
Tip: If you plan to replace more than one slat, then start this process from the highest slat you wish to remove.
Step 4: Once the slats are free from the lift cord, remove them from the ladder string.
Step 5: Slide in the replacement slat on the ladder string. Now comes the hard part.
Step 6:You will need to carefully thread back the undamaged slats along with the new ones into the lift cords. Remember to move the lift cord alternatively from left to right as you weave through each ladder rung, as you work your way down.
Step 7: Once you reach the last slat, pass the lift cord through the bottom rail and tie a knot.
Tip: Before you tie the knot, make sure that the slats are hanging straight and the lift cord is not twisted.
Step 8: Get the plugs back in over the knot as they were before. Use a hammer to tap them in.
As you see, replacing a warped slat is not a hassle. But to avoid going through this process, try to select your wooden blinds according to the exposure to heat and moisture levels of the room. If you select your blinds carefully, protect them against heat and moisture, clean them regularly, your wooden blinds should last, looking new, for a long time.