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  • Give the Gift of Shutters Give the Gift of Shutters

    Give the Gift of Shutters

Give the Gift of Shutters

If you’re looking for a unique and thoughtful gift to give this holiday season, look no further than Signature Shutters! They may not fit under the tree or in a stocking, but a show-stopping set of plantation shutters would be the gift your wife, husband, parent or child never saw coming. One way of delivering the holiday joy is to surprise the recipients by installing the new shutters while they’re away. Another, less shocking way is to give them a Signature Shutters gift card! With a gift card, they still get to have their own input on the design and style of their new window treatments and you still get to give them a useful, memorable Christmas present. Gift cards are especially great for plantation shutters because once installed, the shutters are considered a permanent fixture… This is one gift that can’t be returned easily. When you give the gift of plantation shutters or some of our other window treatments, you give so much more than simple home accessories. You instantly give the recipients’ home a higher resale value and over time, you’ll have given them a bundle on their energy bills too. When an appraiser walks through a house calculating its market value, plantation shutters boost the bottom line. It’s hard to say exactly how much of a boost they will be, but they are definitely an investment that pays off. As an added bonus, homes with plantation shutters sell faster than homes without them. If you know that someone in your family will be selling their home a few years down the road, the gift of shutters is a gift they’ll surely appreciate. Before they think about their resale value though, the [...]
  • Seasonal Energy Savings Seasonal Energy Savings

    Seasonal Energy Savings

Seasonal Energy Savings

Many people think that skipping out on window treatments can help them cut energy costs in the winter because their uncovered windows will let in warmth from the sun and reduce heating costs. Almost all of our window treatments, however, let you save on energy bills year round. They keep the sun’s heat out during the summer and let the natural heat in when the sun’s out during the winter. On overcast days and at night, our blinds, drapes and shutters can reduce the feeling of chill that comes off cold windows. They’re almost like an extra layer of insulation for your windows. Blinds and Shutters Technically, horizontal window blinds and plantation shutters are more effective at reducing summer heat gain than winter heat loss. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t beneficial once summer passes. The numerous openings between the slats make it harder to keep heat in using shutters and blinds. Still they help block the chill that emanates from the window glass. Many of our shutters close so completely that the gaps between slats become fairly negligible. The best part about all of our adjustable window treatments is the flexibility they offer when the weather changes suddenly.  With the climate as it is in Georgia, you never know when hot weather might occur. Unlike shades, you can adjust the blinds and shutters to control light and ventilation. For example, when completely closed and lowered on a sunny window, blinds can reduce heat gain by around 45%. They can also be adjusted to block and reflect direct sunlight onto the ceiling. A light-colored ceiling will diffuse the light without much heat or glare. Shades Just like with curtains, a shade's ability to reduce heat loss and gain [...]
  • Adjusting Your Louver Tension Adjusting Your Louver Tension

    Adjusting Your Louver Tension

Adjusting Your Louver Tension

If you have plantation shutters already, you should be well aware now of their many benefits, their unrivaled beauty and handy functionality.  But by now you may have also experienced a time when the shutter louvers won’t stay in the desired position. You try to open them but they fall closed, sink or sag.  Alternately, the opposite may be true when the louvers feel stuck where they are. Perhaps you’re afraid you may break them by forcing them to move. Lucky for you, a loss or an increase in louver tension is a naturally-occurring shutter phenomenon that’s easily remedied. All you’ll need to fix them is a trusty Phillips head. Over the course of time, the wood in plantation shutters can slightly expand and contract depending on temperature, humidity and other factors. This is normal. The same thing happens to hardwood floors, outdoors shutters and wooden structures of all types. The fluctuations in humidity, etc. can affect the way all the moving parts of the shutter fit together. When they get too tight or not tight enough, we simply change the tightness of the louvers a.k.a. adjust the louver tension. Here’s how to do it: Adjusting Louver Tension 1. If possible, swing the shutter panel all the way open on its hinges. Locate the hole on each side of the shutter panel. Inside the hole is a screw called the “tension screw.” 2. Using the aforementioned Philips head screwdriver, turn the screw a quarter turn to the right to tighten the louvers or a quarter turn to the left to loosen them. Be sure to adjust the screws on both sides of the panels. Tall shutters may have more than one tension screw on each side. It's as simple [...]
  • Signature Shutters on Designing Spaces Signature Shutters on Designing Spaces

    Signature Shutters on Designing Spaces

Signature Shutters on Designing Spaces

Now in its tenth year, hit home improvement show Designing Spaces is helping those that are most deserving of beautiful new spaces in the special series Designing Spaces of Hope. This month, in a three-part remodel marathon entitled Project Homeward Bound, the Designing Spaces dream team joins forces with Purple Heart Homes, Inc. to provide a veteran and his family with a safer, sounder home. Here at Signature Shutters, we’re proud to say that we contributed to the new home in the best way we know how – with new shutters, of course. Purple Heart Homes, Inc. matches disabled Purple Heart recipients to donated foreclosed homes. In this case, that Purple Heart recipient is Private First Class Jeffrey Taylor. Jeff was critically injured during the Operation Iraqi Freedom invasion when his crew’s vehicle came under attack just outside the Bagdad Airport and rolled into a canal. PFC Taylor was rescued from underneath the vehicle but left with nerve damage, brain damage, PTSD, hearing loss and a crushed leg. Until recently, the returned soldier along with his wife and three children were living in a cramped, inaccessible mobile home. Now, the Designing Spaces crew has completely transformed a 2,300 square-foot, ranch-style house in Jacksonville Fla. donated to the Taylors by Purple Heart Homes, leaving it move-in-ready and handicap accessible. We’re happy to have partnered with the Designing Spaces reno gurus to make this military family’s dream home a reality by donating a full set of shutters and window treatments. Purple Heart Homes’ co-founder John Gallina said it like this, "We are pleased to have partnered with Designing Spaces to provide Army PFC Jeffery Taylor and his family with the first home they have ever owned that is beautifully [...]
  • Signature Shutters on Showhouse Showdown Signature Shutters on Showhouse Showdown

    Signature Shutters on Showhouse Showdown

Signature Shutters on Showhouse Showdown

A set of our Signature Shutters recently made their television debut on HGTV’s design competition ‘Showhouse Showdown.” In each episode of Showhouse Showdown, two professional interior designers take over two newly built houses with identical floor plans. The designers must create five signature rooms in each house with a limited budget and a limited schedule. In the end, one designer is crowned the winner based on votes cast by a sample of open house attendees. In this case, that winner is Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors in Washington, DC who turned a ho-hum townhouse into a rich retreat. We don’t like to brag, but we’re proud to say our window treatments had a little something to do with the win. Remembering the challenges of decorating the townhouse, Cavin-Winfrey states, “I faced every obstacle known to man.” One of those obstacles was the home’s huge spans of windows. Although she was designing for a target market rather than a specific clients, her strategies wield a wealth of design ideas for window-heavy family homes. For every wall that lacked windows in the combined kitchen and living area, there was a fireplace or a rack of cabinets to corral. In order to fully furnish a space in which almost no furniture could be placed around the room’s perimeter, Cavin-Winfrey had to get creative. She started with a large sofa and two round ottomans for the center of the room then turned the bay area into a long window seat. She kept things interesting with upholstery in bright colors including pops of emerald and fresh patterns including stripes and dots. Cavin-Winfrey employed similar tactics in the kitchen where a small island occupied [...]
  • What Are Hybrid Shutters? What Are Hybrid Shutters?

    What Are Hybrid Shutters?

What Are Hybrid Shutters?

It seems like hybrids are all the rage these days. After all, why settle for one thing when you can mix it with another equally desirable thing? You’ve probably heard of hybrid cars, hybrid dog breeds and hybrid flowers… but have you ever heard of a hybrid shutter? They mix the classic look of a traditional wood shutter with more industrially advanced materials. So what is it exactly? Put simply, a hybrid shutter is a shutter that’s part wood, part modern material. In terms of the mechanism itself, a hybrid shutter and a plantation shutter are identical. It consists of a series of louvers that you adjust with a single connective pullbar. The difference is that, while truly customized plantation shutters are generally 100 percent wood, hybrid shutters combine the best part of wood and faux wood shutters. Our hybrid shutters feature durable faux wood rails and stiles with light weight wood louvers. Hybrid style and size options are a bit more limited than with full wood, but if your needs can be met by this model, going hybrid could save you a pretty penny in window treatment costs. Stylish, versatile and really quite innovative, hybrid shutters combine the beauty of natural wood with the strength, permanence and rigidity of non-wood compounds. A micro-smooth finish polishes off the faux wood portions of the shutter for a look that’s just as luxurious as a full wood shutter in the same style. The hybrid model allows you to enjoy high quality shutters at a more affordable price. For the most part, you’ll enjoy all the same benefits  of plantation shutter owners including a great interior look, an increase in your home’s curb [...]
  • Why Choose Residential Window Tinting Why Choose Residential Window Tinting

    Why Choose Residential Window Tinting

Why Choose Residential Window Tinting

Are you considering new windows? Do your windows let stuffy heat and blinding glare into your home? Whether your windows have old, outdated glass or costly heat-trapping tendencies, residential window tinting can help.   Window tinting is an effective, affordable alternative to window replacement that makes your old glass like new. The clear panes of years past could be costing you hundreds of extra dollars on your energy bills each month. That’s like throwing money out the window! Tinted windows can save you tons of money in air-conditioning costs and they cost much less than a whole new set of windows. The treatment is easy to apply so the installation is safer than window replacement as well.   Low-e (low emissivity) tints are super energy efficient. The word “emissivity” refers to the amount of heat entering and exiting your home along with the huge temperature fluctuations that can occur as a result. Low-e window tinting stops up to 99% of UV rays from entering your home. This can drastically decrease cool air loss thereby slashing your monthly A/C bills while keeping you and your family comfortable. Plus, with no UV radiation, you don’t need to worry about sun-bleached floors and furniture anymore.   But window tinting does more than save you from sweltering sunlight. It also reduces window glare. Tinted windows let in an ideal amount of natural light. Finally you can stop squinting at your window, wishing for heavy curtains to block out the glare. With window tinting, there’s no need to sacrifice your view to the outside world with dramatic blackout treatments. Like a nice pair of sunglasses for your house, tinted windows actually allow you a clearer view of your yard.   If you love the energy benefits and [...]

Celebrate Safety This Memorial Day

NEW YORK (May 2013) – Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season where everyone embraces enjoyable outdoor celebrations, barbeques and other family festivities. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is reminding parents and families with young children to take the necessary precautions to ensure their kids remain safe during all indoor and outdoor activities. Groups of young children can cover a lot of ground while their parents are busy hosting and enjoying company, so be sure to take these safety measures into account to ensure no harm comes to your loved ones. Check window coverings such as blinds, drapes and shades to ensure that they do not have window cords that may pose a potential danger to children. WCSC urges parents to only use cordless window products in homes with young children. Keep barbeque equipment such as propane tanks, cooking utensils and grills away from children’s play areas, and out of their reach. Any play or swing sets that children may be using should be checked for proper installation, and be sure to follow all manufacturer instructions and guidelines for safety. Clear the yard of any dangerous hazards such as bee hives or broken branches that a young curious child could hurt themselves on. If children are playing inside, make sure stairwells are closed off and inaccessible to young children, so they do not hurt themselves running down them. To learn more about window covering safety, visit WCSC’s website at www.windowcoverings.org. Free retrofit kits for older corded window coverings can be ordered on the website or by calling WCSC’s toll-free number at 1-800-506-4636. ### The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) is a coalition of major U.S. manufacturers, importers and retailers of window coverings. The Council assists and supports its members in the [...]
  • Signature Shutters – Choosing a Window Treatment Signature Shutters – Choosing a Window Treatment

    Signature Shutters – Choosing a Window Treatment

Signature Shutters – Choosing a Window Treatment

Window treatments vastly impact the amount of natural light in your home, of course, but they can also affect the temperature of a space, the appearance of a room, the amount of privacy around the house and the resale value of a home. With so much at stake, choosing the right window treatment is no small task. In general, there are three main options to consider when picking a window treatment: shutters, blinds and shades. Shutters Plantation shutters have a classic, striking look that will last lifetime. They boost the value of your home and they almost never need replacing since they’ll never bend or tangle. In these respects they can’t be beat. Still if you like to have a high level of control when it comes to the level of light in a room, then blinds or shades may be for you since shutters can only be opened and closed. They can’t be raised and lowered. Blinds In many ways, blinds are the most versatile window treatment option. They offer home owners the most control over lighting because they can be open and closed as well as raised and lowered. The slats are generally thinner than the ones that come inside a plantation shutter and sometimes not as durable. Shades Shades are perhaps the most unique window treatment option. They filter sunlight through their woven fibers unlike blinds and shutters that use solid slats. Depending on their color and opacity, shades can create a range of lighting designs. They might add a warm tone to your home’s natural light or block outside light altogether. They can be raised and lowered like blinds but there is no way for them to be opened or [...]
  • Cleaning Shutters and Window Dressings Cleaning Shutters and Window Dressings

    Cleaning Shutters and Window Dressings

Cleaning Shutters and Window Dressings

The one question we field most often from our clients is how to go about cleaning their newly installed plantation shutters, blinds or window treatments.  It makes sense, you have spent the time and money on new window dressing for your home and you want to ensure that you take proper care of your forever investment.  Take a look below at some of the suggestions from our professions.  If you have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to call our showroom at any time for assistance!     Window Treatments, Draperies, Curtains   Are your curtains looking sluggish?  They might be in need of a trip to the your local dry cleaners to be freshened up.  Be sure to check with your trusted dry cleaners to ensure that they preform the service of cleaning curtains and if they don’t, ask for their recommendation of a trustworthy service provider in the area.  Heading to the dry cleaners would be our first suggestion for overall cleaning, or even a large area that needs to be cleaned.  Then there is the question that will be raised about spot cleaning.  Once again we recommend dry cleaners, but for spot cleaning you can use light dish soap with warm water.  As when working on cleaning any fabric, be sure to test the fabric on the back end of the curtains to ensure that there is no reaction and discoloration does not occur.   Wood Plantation Shutters   Start with a plan to maintain your plantation shutters.  A bi-weekly or monthly dusting regimen is a good start.  Check at your local grocery store or superstore for microfiber clothes or even handy disposable dusters for easy cleanup! Hopefully, in rooms without [...]
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