Are you looking to install faux wood blinds in your Toronto-area home? Doing it yourself can save you money, but mounting them is a different story. It is recommended that you hire a professional installer to do it for you.
Centurian Window Fashions offers a wide assortment of window treatments, including faux woods blinds. We also focus on offering a complete customer experience, from a free in-home consultation to flawless installation.
If you still want to do it yourself, first learn the common problems you may face and how to avoid them.
Common Faux Wood Blinds Installation Problems & How to Avoid Them
Below are common issues you may face installing faux wood blinds. We also discuss the best ways to prevent them.
1. Not Choosing the Right Brackets
There are two kinds of mounting brackets for faux wood blinds: hidden and box brackets.
Box brackets are most widely used and fit perfectly on each end of the headrail, just like any box lid. (The headrail is the part of the blind that houses its operating system.) In order to fit these brackets, you have to measure the headrail’s height and width.
If your blinds need hidden brackets, it means that these brackets are mounted behind or just above the blind and they remain hidden when the blind is hanging.
If you are unable to decide which brackets to choose, consult an expert.
2. Faux Wood Blinds Sag in the Centre
Those who prefer faux wood blinds that are 4-feet wide or more for their Toronto home also need one or more support brackets in the middle. These will help stabilize these blinds and prevent them from sagging.
3. Faux Wood Blinds Fall Out of Their Box Brackets
Faux wood blinds often fall out of their box brackets but the brackets still remain in the closed position. This happens because the box brackets are spaced far apart. This means you have to re-install the brackets closer.
If they are mounted to the roof, wall, or at the top of the window frame, they can be remounted more closely without much hassle. However, if you want to install these brackets to the sides of your window frame then mount plastic bracket spacers between the brackets and frame.
4. Faux Woods Blinds Cannot Be Lifted
This means there is an issue with the blind lifting strings. For example, if the string is frayed or broken, replace it immediately. We suggest replacing the total lifting cords at the same time for better performance of the blinds. Determine what thickness of string you need as this will help you figure out how much string you require.
If this cord continues to fray or breaks then it may be because it is being pulled over a jagged or sharp surface inside the blinds. In this case, check the cord lock mechanism or cradles for grooves or sharp edges. If any one of them is damaged then you need to replace them to extend the life of the blind’s lifting cord.
5. The Blinds Cannot Be Lowered
This happens when the strings are too short to lower the blinds fully to cover the whole window. The only remedy is to replace the cord. But there is no means to sew or tie new string to the existing string. For this also, you need to replace the lifting cords.
6. Valances Won’t Stay or Are Hanging Crooked
Often the valance clips become brittle and even break. (The valance is a common feature of blinds that is attached to its top to cover the headrail. It matches the material and colour of the blind.)
If this happens then you need to replace these clips. To choose the correct ones, you first need to check how it attaches to the valance. For example, it may wrap around the bottom or top of the valance, or attach to the plastic strip on its back. It may also fit into the grooved slot on the valance or even be screwed on. Then measure the clip’s overall height. Make sure to put a valance clip properly in order to give these valances the required stability.
These are the common issues that may arise when installing faux wood blinds in your space. We recommend consulting a professional for the best outcome, especially if you don’t have enough knowledge or experience. Need to install vertical blinds in your Toronto home? For any kind of window covering, consult our experts to check if you are on the right track.