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  • The Signature Shutters Installation Timeline The Signature Shutters Installation Timeline

    The Signature Shutters Installation Timeline

The Signature Shutters Installation Timeline

Deciding on a window treatment for your home can be a complex process but at Signature Shutters we make it simpler by providing you with ample treatment options, using our decades of experience to guide the design and taking any input you might have very seriously. Once you know what direction you want to go in, the whole process can be broken into four steps… Pre-Planning The first phase of a shutter installation is the planning or pre-planning phase. This refers to the decision-making time that has to occur before the shutters can be made and installed. For this part of your window treating journey, you may want to shop around and examine some model window treatments in person. You can do this at any one of our five Signature Shutters showroom locations! You’ll need to decide what sizes and shapes you’d like your shutters to be and you’ll have to pick out stain and paint. To determine all these things, in addition to looking at some shutters in real life, you should think about the room’s décor, the room’s function and the function of the shutters themselves i.e. filtering light vs. blocking it completely. Custom Construction Some plantation shutter makers cut the shutters to size from pre-made stock. To ensure long lasting beauty, we select only the finest kiln dried lumber to reduce warping, assemble components in a way that prevents separation and use solid non-fingerjointed hardwoods to eliminate sap bleed and cracking. Our measure-and-cut competitors are often the very same companies that use flimsy materials and even flimsier wood dowels to fasten their shutters together. Our shutters are custom made to your specifications using master [...]
  • The Facts behind Window Film The Facts behind Window Film

    The Facts behind Window Film

The Facts behind Window Film

There are many benefits to coating your windows with specialty window film. What is window film, you ask? Window film is an energy-efficient glass coating developed to protect your interiors from fading, reduce your energy costs and provide your family complete UV protection indoors. When applied to a regular glass window, they filter out only the harshest rays of sun while letting in the perfect amount of light for a picturesque home environment. There are many different brands of window film but Solar Gard films makes some of the best. Signature Shutters is an alliance partner with Saint Gobain, the manufacturer of Solar Gard glass window films and many other premium building products today. We have been hand selected to sell and install the exclusive Panorama® line of window films. If you’re considering installing window film in your home or office, you should definitely examine the facts first. Fact 1. Panorama® Films are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Fact 2. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States – more than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. Fact 3. It’s believed that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of their lifetime. Fact 4. More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure and sun burn dramatically increases a person’s risk. The benefits of window film aren’t just medical, however. Panorama® Films are proven to reduce both the UVA and UVB rays and aid in reducing visible glare in the room. They can even add a new degree of safety to your home’s window. All in all, they let homeowners keep the view and [...]
  • 8 Good Reasons to Get Your Windows Tinted 8 Good Reasons to Get Your Windows Tinted

    8 Good Reasons to Get Your Windows Tinted

8 Good Reasons to Get Your Windows Tinted

Want a window treatment that lets an ideal amount of natural light into your home without obstructing your view to the outdoors AND saves you money in the long run? Residential window tinting is the answer! In older homes especially, window tinting is more than beneficial – it’s practical essential. We’ve come up with 8 reasons why window tinting should be your next home improvement project. Tinted windows block out harmful UV rays while letting pure sunlight in. Signature Shutters’ window tinting stops up to 99% of UV rays from entering your home which is great for the health of you and your loved ones and helps preserve the luster of your floors and furniture. Clear, UV-free light that comes through tinted windows illuminates with NO bleaching or damaging effects. Tinted windows let you enjoy your view without overheating your home. Without tinting, you basically have to choose between open views or heavy, view-blocking curtains and blinds. Tinted windows offer crisper, less obstructed views of the outdoors from every angle – like sunglasses for your home! Only high quality tinting can eliminate indoor glare. Good window tint tempers incoming light and minimizes reflection. One of the biggest benefits of residential tinting by far is glare reduction. Finally you can watch TV, read on your tablet or just gaze out over your garden without the sun’s interference. You’ll have increased privacy throughout your home. Solar control tinting increases privacy as well as curtains can, letting you enjoy unobstructed views without putting your home’s interior on display. Your windows will last longer. If your windows lack efficiency, letting the heat in and the cold air out, window tinting lets you postpone expensive [...]
  • The Importance of Window Tinting The Importance of Window Tinting

    The Importance of Window Tinting

The Importance of Window Tinting

Everybody knows the benefits of tinting the windows of an automobile. The benefits of residential window tinting are lesser known but even more plentiful. Don’t worry – getting the windows of your home professionally tinted won’t make your home darker on the inside or less welcoming on the outside. If you have troublesome glare, expensive HVAC bills or nosy neighbors, however, a simple tint treatment can be a lifesaver! Home window tinting is also an effective, affordable alternative to replacement that can make decades’ old glass seem new again. Out of all the many benefits that go along with window tinting, at Signature Shutters we’d say these would be the top 5! Energy Savings Un-tinted glass could be costing you hundreds of extra dollars on your energy bills each month. Solar-blocking window tint eliminates a high percentage of the sun’s heat which dramatically reduces air conditioning costs. The return on investment alone on a tint project is truly impressive. The specific variety of low-e (low emissivity) tints we use are super energy-efficient. This can drastically decrease temperature fluctuations due to cool air loss. You’ll be shocked when you see how much you could save in spring and summer with just some of the windows of your house refinished! Comfort A little extra spending money isn’t all you’ll gain from the temperature-regulating effects of tinted windows. You’ll also enjoy increased comfort day to day and season to season. No more “hot spots” from bright, undeterred sunlight in the summer and no more cold seeping through the glass in the winter either. That’s right – upgrading your windows with tinting helps trap in heat, not just [...]
  • What Sets Signature Shutters Apart? What Sets Signature Shutters Apart?

    What Sets Signature Shutters Apart?

What Sets Signature Shutters Apart?

We often sing the praises of plantation shutters in general. Nearly every plantation shutter on the market will add beauty, privacy and natural light control to whatever window it covers. When you’re ready to pick out plantation shutters for your home, it’s important to know what makes Signature Shutters the best shutters out there. We believe that our careful craftsmanship, our willingness to customize and our exceptional service, among other core values, make our window treatments greater than the standard plantation shutter product. Custom Craftsmanship Some companies just aren’t flexible with their designs. Typically, this is because their plantation shutters are mass produced and re-cut to fit different window sizes. We custom-build our shutters and we always keep our customers involved in the design process. With our plantation shutters, you’re able to pick your shutters’ shape, louver width, color, material… anything is possible thanks to our custom craftsmanship! Whatever the window shape, whatever the style, we’ll make it happen. We can construct plantation shutters for arches, round windows, angled windows and more. We’ve never told a customer that a certain shape can’t be covered with plantation shutters and we’re fairly sure we never will. For wood shutters and hybrid shutters, we even sand and finish components by hand to better bring out the natural beauty of the raw materials. Stylish Versatility Interiors experts favor plantation shutters for kitchens and casual family rooms. They use them to create a beachy, laidback looks and add a “Southern charm” to large bay windows. With so many amazing design options available at Signature Shutters, we like to think that any room can be improved with the right shutters. Bring privacy to the [...]
  • Choosing a Signature Window Treatment Choosing a Signature Window Treatment

    Choosing a Signature Window Treatment

Choosing a Signature Window Treatment

If you’ve got uncovered windows, there are truly limitless treatment options available to you. Knowing which treatments to choose can feel like an impossible feat. Blinds, shades, shutters and tints… who’s to say which treatment will best suit your home and your family’s needs? When it comes to treatment shopping, you should have three main concerns: light, privacy and aesthetic. Here are just a few of the wide array of window coverings we have available at Signature Shutters along with our tips for choosing what’s best for you. Shades and Shutters What’s great about both window shades and plantation shutters is that they’re adjustable. When these types of coverings are closed, they provide plenty of privacy and lighting control yet they can still be opened to let in the sunshine. While they may not offer the same level of privacy as blackout curtains, they’re perfect for family rooms, living rooms and dining areas. The thickness of the shade’s fabric will determine the amount of light that comes through it. For example, beautiful semi-sheer window treatments correspond well with spaces that only need some subtle privacy and lots of light. Really, every room needs some natural light and our specially built shades can filter in the light while still adding privacy to first floor bedrooms, guest rooms, offices and bathrooms. The amount of light that creeps in when the shutters or shades or closed is related to where they’re mounted. Mounting window treatments outside the window box blocks more light. Tinted Windows Window tint reduces glare without blocking the view. For rooms that don’t need privacy or darkness, a simple tint goes a long [...]
  • On-Trend Window Treatments for 2015 On-Trend Window Treatments for 2015

    On-Trend Window Treatments for 2015

On-Trend Window Treatments for 2015

Quality and craftsmanship are always on-trend. That’s why we make sure all of our window treatments are well-made. For trendier window treatments this year, shop Signature Shutters! Consider these styles… Plantation Shutters At Signature Shutters, our favorite window treatment would have to be the plantation shutter and they’re sure to big in 2015. Plantation shutters are versatile, more affordable than dissertation critic writing custom drapes and they are the only window treatment that can raise the value of your home. They adjust to let in light when you need it and close tightly to block it out when you don’t. They’ve been a popular choice for window treatments for many years and still their popularity continues to grow. They’re now available in more styles, shapes and colors than ever before which helps them maintain their trendy title in the design world. When shopping for interior shutters, it’s best to buy custom shutters truly built for you rather than stock panels. At Signature Shutters, we measure windows precisely and build shutters that are the perfect width, height and weight for their new home. Hybrid Shutters Traditionally, plantation shutters are made up of 100% wood, from the frames to the louvers to the rails. For many, buying all wood shutters, however, can be a hefty investment. Yes, they do increase the overall value of the home but these days, faux wood options can work just as well for these purposes. We believe that hybrid shutters combine the best of what both real wood and faux wood have to offer. They feature the durability and affordability of synthetic shutter materials and the classic, natural look of real wood materials. This [...]
  • This Christmas, We’re Giving the Gift of Craftsmanship This Christmas, We’re Giving the Gift of Craftsmanship

    This Christmas, We’re Giving the Gift of Craftsmanship

This Christmas, We’re Giving the Gift of Craftsmanship

Narrow-louvered, traditional “New England” shutters block the light and the view. Plantation shutters allow you to adjust the amount of natural light in a room with precise accuracy. Our plantation-style window treatments are versatile, durable and shockingly affordable. Plus, they increase your home’s resale value, adding style and privacy wherever they’re installed. Plantation shutters are popular among interior designers for kitchens and casual family rooms but with so many high quality finishes available at Signature Shutters we like to think they look good anywhere, from kids’ rooms to formal dining rooms. Signature Shutters are unlike conventional plantation shutters and it’s our craftsmanship that sets us apart. If you’re considering updating your home before or after Christmas this year, consider a stunning set of custom shutters! Plantation Shutter Customization Some companies don’t have many options in terms of window treatment design. That’s just not the Signature Shutter way. We want you to be a part of the design process. Not only can you pick the color and material of the products you purchase… With our plantation shutters, you’ll pick your shutters’ shape, width, functionality and style, too! Whatever the window shape, whatever the aesthetic, we can design the right window treatment for you. For most wide windows, two rectangular panels that open from the center or bi-fold to one side suffice for custom light and temperature control. The way your shutters work will ultimately depend on your needs, wants and windows. The most popular louver width we build is the traditional 2.5 inch width. If you have a huge room with soaring ceilings and bigger windows, the extra wide 3.5- or 4-inch louver may be a [...]
  • Holiday Home Enhancement Holiday Home Enhancement

    Holiday Home Enhancement

Holiday Home Enhancement

Bright lights and wreaths of evergreen are one way to make your home look extra special for the holidays. Adding beautiful plantation shutters from Signature Shutters is another! Plantation shutters are not your typical window treatment. They’re permanent window dressings that brings beauty and climate control year-round. They never require replacing or repairs. They instantly give windows classic visual appeal and since they’re permanent fixture, gives your home’s resale value a boost as well. Holiday house guests are sure to notice the new window treatments and appreciate the lighting and privacy options they offer. We’re positive that your family and friends will be impressed with your shutter’s sleek, classic appearance and you’ll be happy you got your window treatments taken care of as a little holiday gift to yourself. As loved ones gather at your holiday get-togethers, everyone will surely enjoy the climate control benefits of new, customized plantation shutters. It’s easy to please everyone by fine tuning the room temperature with the flick of a wrist! Plantation shutters will also add significant value to your home in 2015. Shutters never go out of style.  They add appraisal value, making them a big selling point, should you decide to put your home on the market. It’s hard to say exactly how much of a boost your specific shutters could give your home’s value but, again and again, we see that they’re an investment that pays off. As an added bonus, homes with plantation shutters sell faster than homes without them. Wouldn’t it be nice to go into the New Year confident of your home’s worth? If you call today, we could have your custom shutters installed in a few short weeks. Shutters [...]
  • Purchasing Plantation Shutters before the Holidays Purchasing Plantation Shutters before the Holidays

    Purchasing Plantation Shutters before the Holidays

Purchasing Plantation Shutters before the Holidays

If you’re looking for a unique way to enhance your home before the annual holiday hubbub begins, look no further than Signature Shutters. Plantation shutters are so much more than simple home accessories. They instantly give your windows a major facelift and, since they’re permanent fixtures, give your home’s resale value a little lift, too. Your holiday house guests are sure to notice the new window treatments and appreciate the lighting and privacy options they offer. We’re positive that your family and friends will be impressed with your shutter’s sleek, classic appearance and you’ll be happy you got your window treatment conundrum taken care of before the chaos of the Christmas season! The loved ones gathered at your holiday dinner parties and get-togethers will surely enjoy the climate control benefits of new plantation shutters. With plantation shutters, it’s easy to please everyone. With a mere flick of the wrist, your visitors can change the amount of light and warmth from the sun allowed in a room. If you use this feature wisely over time, your shutters can even lead to monthly energy savings which will help counteract those costly Christmas utility bills. Expert shutter users save on annual energy costs by letting light into a room when it’s cold outside and shutting it out when it’s hot. Some homeowners’ energy savings can total hundreds per year. If you’re even vaguely considering changing homes sometime in 2015, getting new window treatments that add value to your home such as plantation shutters before the end of the year and before the end-of-year holidays is a great idea. Plantation shutters boost your home’s market value. It’s hard to say exactly how much of a boost your [...]