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  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • Signature Shutters Window Tinting Signature Shutters Window Tinting

    Signature Shutters Window Tinting

Signature Shutters Window Tinting

Before you decide to replace ALL the windows in your home because the ones you have let in heat and produce harsh glare, check out this affordable solution. Whether your windows have old, outdated glass or costly heat-trapping tendencies, a residential window tint treatment can help. Window tinting is an effective, affordable alternative to window replacement that makes even decades’ old glass like new. The thin, clear panes of years past could be costing you hundreds of extra dollars on your energy bills each month. That’s kind of like throwing money out the window! Tinted windows can save you tons of money in air-conditioning costs and the whole process costs far, far less than purchasing a whole new set of windows. Window tinting is easy to apply so the installation is safer than window replacement as well. No transporting heavy, sharp, highly fragile panes of glass required. Low-e (low emissivity) tints are a super energy efficient tinting option. Emissivity is the amount of heat entering and exiting your home. The more emissivity your home has, the more temperature fluctuation it has too. 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 air conditioning bills while keeping you and your family comfortable. You’ll be shocked when you see how much you can save in spring and summer. Plus, with no UV radiation, you don’t need to worry about sun-bleached floors and furniture anymore. Tinting does more than reduce your electricity bills and help you avoid window replacement. It also reduces window glare. Another benefit of tinted windows is that they let in an ideal amount of natural light. Finally [...]
  • Our work featured in this month’s issue of Home and Design magazine. Our work featured in this month’s issue of Home and Design magazine.

    Our work featured in this month’s issue of Home and Design magazine.

Our work featured in this month’s issue of Home and Design magazine.

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  • Child Safety Shutters Child Safety Shutters

    Child Safety Shutters

Child Safety Shutters

We call it “baby-proofing” but it’s important to keep your home safe for toddlers and small children too. Making our signature window treatments safer for homes with infants, young children and pets is a top priority at Signature Shutters. Children are innately curious about the world around them.  Even basic household items like window treatments can turn into potential hazards for them. If you’ve got a little one on the way or a new baby just starting to crawl and explore, drawers and cabinets shouldn’t be the only part of the home you’ve baby-proofed.  Windows and window treatments need special attention as well. Heavy blinds have a tendency to fall quickly when messed with, especially if they’ve been hastily installed. Shutters can pinch small hands. Plantation shutters and blinds may be finished in toxic primers, paints and stains. In addition to these manufacturing risks, it’s easy for kids to get tangled in the pull strings on blinds and shades. Small parts on the strings may pose an additional choking hazard. Making window fashions that are safe for homes with infants, young children and pets is one of our ongoing projects at Signature Shutters.  That’s how we developed a wide range of products to help reduce the risk of accidents. Our shutters and other products are made from VOC-free primers and use 100% made in the U.S.A. wood and paint. From cordless alternatives to motorized operation systems, we offer many innovative lifting systems designed with safety, convenience and beauty in mind. Choose from an abundant array of colors and materials that compliment your nursery today and your teen’s room tomorrow. Our children’s safety is of [...]
  • What to Look for in Plantation Shutters What to Look for in Plantation Shutters

    What to Look for in Plantation Shutters

What to Look for in Plantation Shutters

At Signature Shutters, our favorite window treatment would have to be the plantation shutter. They are versatile, less expensive than custom drapes and they increase your home’s resale value. They are the only window treatment that can raise your home value, in fact, because they’re both permanent and highly desirable. Traditional shutters are not the same as plantation shutters. They have narrower louvers and are most commonly found around New England. Traditional shutters are rarely installed today because, unlike the plantation kind, they limit the light quite a bit and block the view. The Spanish first introduced shutters to the Americas. Large plantation homes in the South often used wide louvered shutters, giving plantation shutters their name. Today, plantation shutters are a popular choice around the country for kitchens especially. When shopping for interior shutters, it's important to know if you are buying custom shutters truly built for your windows or if the company will take stock panels and cut them down to fit. Often, the price is similar. A custom shutter company will measure your window exactly and build your shutters to fit while a cut-and-drill company may only provide shutters for rectangular windows. In addition to the overall shape of the shutters themselves, three custom features to think about when shutter shopping are louver width, divider rails and foldability.

Louver Width

Modern plantation shutters (particular custom ones) come in many different styles with many different louver sizes. The most popular louver width is about 2.5 inches but what size louver you choose is really a matter of personal preference. The 2.5-inch louver is more traditional and is a great choice for an average size rooms [...]
  • Why Go Premium Why Go Premium

    Why Go Premium

Why Go Premium

If you already know you need window treatments but you aren’t sure what kind of window treatment you need, you should really consider premium plantation shutters. We’ll tell you why. Because premium shutters are more expensive than plastic shutters or just plain blinds, you probably have some questions about whether or not it’s worth the investment.  There are many benefits to choosing wood shutters specifically. You may already be aware that custom plantation shutters increase your home’s overall look as well as its resale value. That value boost is significantly higher with shutters made from high quality materials and made with superior craftsmanship. Our premium interior shutters for windows are unique in that we have developed our wooden shutters to maintain their beauty over time through superior material selection, construction and assembly. They last through the years, rarely losing tension. Premium shutters on the front of your home will also up your curb appeal. When looking into a home with plantation shutters from the outside, the simple slats show beautifully and far outshine regular hanging blinds or shades. The classic sophistication of the window treatments is immediately noticeable. And it goes without saying that they’d add a classic look to the interior of your home as well. It is unknown exactly how much of a monetary benefit they can be, but they are widely considered an overall benefit no matter how many windows you choose to cover. If you aren’t sure about covering every window with a shutter, kitchens, living rooms, sun rooms and master bedrooms looks particularly great with plantation shutters. Shutters are typically custom fitted to the windows of a specific house and once installed they are considered a [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • Don’t Forget About Window Film Don’t Forget About Window Film

    Don’t Forget About Window Film

Don’t Forget About Window Film

As you begin the process of shopping for plantation shutters, mini-blinds or draperies, you might want to add window films to that list.

What are Window Films?

Window films are a thin covering that can be applied to windows or glass (such as a shower door).  They can be transparent or give off illusions (etched glass), or they can block visibility all together.

Are they beneficial?

Window films provide many benefits.  They provide shade from blistering sunshine., they deter sunlight from damaging and fading draperies and furniture and most importantly, they provide significant energy savings.

How long do they last?

Well, that’s a loaded question!  The lifetime of window tinting depends on a variety of factory.  If you go with a standard quality or grade you are looking at about a five year lifespan.  As with most products, when you go up in quality, the life of the product will be extended.  The high-grade window tinting products will provide solid performance for over ten years.  We usually advise our customers to invest a little more upfront to get a better quality window tinting that will withstand the southern sun if your budget allows.

What do they look like?

Window films look like a thin sheet of plastic.  As we have previously stated they come in many forms.  Some may have a slight tint, others may have a design to look as if the edges are etched.  We have even seen window tinting that looks like a replica of a stained glass window.  Long story short, it is a very thin layering that can take on the appearance of whatever your heart desires!

How are they installed?

Window film can be a do-it yourself project or can be professionally installed depending on your preference and [...]