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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…
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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!
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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!
  1. 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!
  1. 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • 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 [...]
  • Know Your Shutter Types Know Your Shutter Types

    Know Your Shutter Types

Know Your Shutter Types

A lot of people think the term “interior plantation shutters” refers to a specific type of window treatment… and it does. These consist of wooden frames with adjustable slats (aka louvers) that can be controlled with a pull bar. What these people don’t realize, however, is how much more specific things can get. There are a variety of window treatments that all fall into the broader category of plantation shutters. For example, three types of interior plantation shutters we carry are custom wood, hybrid and PolyWood. One of them is bound to be just your type!

Custom Wood

If we had to label any one of our products as our specialty, custom wood shutters would be that product. Because they’re custom, we can make shutter in virtually any style, any size and any shape.  If you have any oddly shaped windows like arches or triangles, a custom wood shutter may be just what you need. We have developed our wooden plantation shutters to maintain their beauty over time through superior material selection, construction and assembly. Our wooden shutters feature all solid wood construction and come with louver sizes that range from 1.75 to 4.5 inches. Wooden shutters can easily be painted or stained in finishes to match your samples.

Hybrid  

It seems like hybrids are all the rage these days. You’ve probably heard of hybrid cars and hybrid dogs but have you ever heard of hybrid shutters? They mix the classic look of a traditional wood shutter with more industrially advanced materials. 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. [...]
  • 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 [...]