There are many window treatments that will last for years. But what’s the most durable type of blind? There are a few, and Roman shades top the list. 


If you’re getting ready to invest in window treatments, such as curtains or blinds, Franklin-based 7.0 Blinds and Shutters has plenty of options to choose from. Your choice should be based on budget, need, style, and durability. But what’s the most durable type of blind? Today, we answer that question and offer a few tips on how to ensure that you keep yours in top shape.

How Long Do Blinds Typically Last?

That’s a question with a broad range of answers. Out-of-the-box blinds from the hardware store may last between one and two years while custom-made, wooden, or Roman blinds can last up to 15 years. The disparity between these two time frames comes down to many factors, including the quality of the materials and how they are cared for once installed.


Inexpensive pre-cut blinds may not fit perfectly in your windows. You may have to trim them down further, which can cause damage and affect their integrity. Because the manufacturers know that they probably won’t fit, they make them with cheaper materials to make alterations easier. However, this convenience is far overshadowed by a lack of quality.

How To Care For Blinds

Overall, blinds need very little hands-on care. The biggest thing that you’ll need to do is to keep them clean. You can find a dusting tool at any hardware store for horizontal blinds. You can also use canned air to remove dust and debris from the pulley mechanisms. Speaking of the pulley, if your blinds become squeaky, a quick shot of WD-40 will help.

Where Blinds Belong

Blinds belong all throughout the home. However, there are some that might work better in some areas than others. If you need blinds in the kitchen or bathroom, make sure that you use waterproof materials. These rooms are both full of heat and humidity, which can warp or damage non-waterproof materials. When you need a window treatment in a sunroom or solarium, Roman shades can’t be beat. 

The Lifecycle Of Common Blinds

There are many different types of blind, and though each has a different lifespan. Faux wood blinds last up to five years, but the veneer may begin to degrade a year or two prior to them actually needing to be replaced. If you go for high-quality venetian blinds, you can expect them to last a decade or longer; pre-made venetian blinds may struggle to make it five years. Roller blinds rarely make it past the two-year mark when purchased off-the-shelf. Vertical and Roman blinds have the longest lifespan, and custom-made options in either of these will last around 15 years with proper care.


Ultimately, when you’re investing in blinds for your Franklin home, it’s usually best not to consider just the initial price tag. Think about the future and whether or not you want to replace your blinds again within the next 24 months. Window treatments are truly one of the areas in life where you get what you pay for, so pay for quality up front and you’ll save money in the long run.

7.0 Blinds & Shutters is one of Nashville’s oldest and most respected residential and commercial window treatment businesses. Founded by window installation specialist Fred Fitzgerald and his wife Cheryl, 7.0 Blinds & Shutters has grown tremendously in the last four decades. Today, the company is owned and operated by Michelle and Gino Brannan, who continue to learn under the expert guidance of the Fitzgeralds. Featuring Nashville’s best blinds, shutters, draperies, and Roman shades, 7.0 Blinds & Shutters has window treatment options to fit any budget. One call is all it takes for your free consultation. Visit our website regularly to see what’s new in window coverings.