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Infographic: How to Clean and Maintain Your Shutters

Keep your shutters looking flawless for the duration of your 25-year warranty with our simple cleaning tips. Click to learn the best ways to clean and maintain your shutters.

 

Everything You Need to Know About the Different Types of Window Treatments

Window treatments add style to your home and can increase its value. They can also save money in energy costs, helping to keep out the summer heat and winter cold. They keep out sun and glare and add years to carpets, furniture and other valuables.

When you start shopping for window treatments, you’ll find that there are more types than you probably realized. Choosing the right ones can be daunting. Whether you are decorating a new home or updating your current decor, this brief review of the varieties of window treatments should be helpful.

Blinds

Blinds are made of movable slats that can be opened, closed, raised or lowered. You can purchase different size slats depending on how much control you want over light and privacy.

  • Wood blinds can be stained or painted in whatever color you choose.

  • Faux wood blinds are an alternative to wood blinds. They are easier to maintain, very durable and less expensive. They are particularly popular for kitchens and bathrooms because they hold up to moisture.

  • Panel track blinds provide privacy for large spaces like picture windows and sliding glass doors. They can also be used as room dividers. These blinds can be made from different types of materials, including fabric, vinyl and wood.

  • Mini blinds are the least expensive window treatment choice. They come in various colors and materials, and are operated by turning a wand.

Draperies and Curtains

Draperies and curtains can be made from a wide variety of fabrics to suit your style. They can be used alone or as a complement to blinds, shades or shutters. They help provide insulation and block out light. Whether you choose a light, delicate fabric for a nursery or a lush velvet for your dining area, they can accentuate the decor of any room.

Roller and Roman Shades

Roller and roman shades are lowered or raised using a spring component or cord. There are a variety of types of shades from which to choose. They can be made out of fabric, bamboo or other renewable materials. Some are made to control UV rays and the heat and glare of the sun. They can also add style and privacy to outdoor areas like patios and porches.

Shutters

These are also known as interior window shutters. They are widely considered the best window treatments because they last the life of your home and increase its value. Interior shutters are perfect for all rooms and add sophistication to any room in the home. Eclipse Shutters specializes in  interior shutters because they’re the best choice for window treatments. We know that they are a big investment, but with the right care, they can last for decades. We offer an unlimited 25-year warranty to back up that promise. For more information, call us today.

Ideal Window Shutters for the Healthcare and Hospitality Industry

Eclipse Shutters makes  interior shutters that are perfect for use in healthcare facilities and hospitality venues like hotels, restaurants and conference centers. They are manufactured for quick installation and maintain their look for many years with minimal care. All have the Eclipse Shutters unconditional 25-year warranty. Our custom shutters have the natural beauty of wood and look just like painted shutters. However, they are much easier to care for and more durable. We understand that there are special considerations that are needed for these environments. Safety and health concerns are priorities. They also need to be durable, since they will likely receive tougher treatment than shutters in a home.

Perfect for Healthcare Facilities

Eclipse Shutters offer the following qualities:
  • Durability – they will not warp, peel or fade and will never need painting or refinishing.
  • Easy care – they can be cleaned with a damp cloth or soap and water.
  • Mold and mildew resistant – they help prevent bacteria from growing and exacerbating the health problems of people who are already battling illnesses.
  • GREENGUARD® Gold Certified and listed on the GREENGUARD® website for microbial resistance.
  • NFPA701 Certified - this certification is for products that are fire retardant.
  • Cordless design is child safe.
  • Energy-efficient – cellular design maximizes insulation.
For more details on the sizes and types of shutters we offer and their features, take a look at our Eclipse Shutters Healthcare brochure for our healthcare industry customers.

Hospitality Industry

Our shutters are a popular choice in the hospitality industry because they are fashionable, durable, and are incredibly easy to maintain. They add style and sophistication to hotels, restaurants, and conference. All of the qualities listed above that are important for the healthcare industry are also important for the hospitality industry. That’s because many people of all ages with possible allergies and levels of health will be in close contact with them. We also know that hotel guests want to be assured that their children will be safe in their vacation environment. For more details on the sizes and types of shutters available and their features, see our Eclipse Shutters Hospitality brochure specifically designed for our hospitality industry customers.

Take in All that Summer Has to Offer -- Install Shutters

No matter what part of the country you live in, the warm summer months bring sunshine, flowers in full bloom and warm breezes. What better time to invest in shutters? They allow you to take all of this in from the comfort of your home or office.

Why Are Shutters Better than Other Window Coverings?

Custom indoor shutters are made with wider louvers thus provide a better view than traditional window coverings. When fully open, they provide a virtually-unobstructed view of the outdoors as well as lighten and brighten the room. However, when fully closed, they allow for complete privacy. Of course, quality faux wood shutters have a multitude of other benefits. They increase the value of your home, help save on energy costs, are durable and easy to care for and add classic style to any room. However, a big part of the reason they are increasingly chosen over traditional window coverings is that they can provide a nearly-unobstructed view of the outdoors or complete privacy.

Choose from a Variety of Options

At Eclipse Shutters, we offer custom-made indoor shutters with multiple design options that allow you to choose how you open and close them and exactly how much.
  • We offer louver sizes in 2 ½, 3 ½ and 4 ½ inches wide and both a standard and bi-fold configuration.
  • Some people opt for a horizontal divider rail. This is a popular choice for bathrooms and other areas where you may want to leave the bottom shutters closed for privacy, but have the top ones open to let light in.
  • Shutters are a popular choice to complement sliding glass doors because they can be opened along with the door to provide easy access to your pool and patio areas.

Reduce your Energy Bills and Carbon Footprint as the Seasons Change

As summer sets in, shutters can help keep your rooms at a comfortable temperature. In the closed position, Eclipse Shutters reflect solar heat gain so you can delay having to turn on the air conditioning. That’s because our shutters' cellular construction provides an additional barrier to keep out the sun’s rays and hot air that can seep into your home. Eclipse Shutters has knowledgeable, experienced dealers throughout the country who can answer all of your questions and help you choose the perfect shutters for your needs. Just complete our short online form to find the dealer nearest to you.

Infographic: Energy Benefits of Shutters

Aside from upgrading any room's decor, shutters also have many other benefits. Click here to discover 5 of the energy benefits shutters offer.

 

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Knowing the Role of Your Hospital's Physical Environment

With patient satisfaction ratings more relevant than ever to a hospital’s financial performance, hospital administrators are working to increase patient satisfaction scores. The hospital environment has a significant influence on those scores. At Eclipse Shutters, we offer  shutters designed with the needs of healthcare facilities in mind. How Do Hospital Design Features Impact Patient Satisfaction? Studies have shown that hospital decor and design can actually impact clinical outcomes and reduce stress for patients and their families. The more aesthetically pleasing and comforting the environment is, the more relaxed patients and their loved ones feel. The more comfortable the environment, the higher patients rate their satisfaction with the hospital in multiple areas — even those not directly related to their surroundings. Improved hospital design can also help reduce fatigue and stress among staff members. This can improve the level and effectiveness of care provided. Why You Should Consider Eclipse Shutters for Health Care Facilities Among their many advantages, they are perfect for medical facilities because they are:
  • GREENGUARD® Gold Certified
  • GREENGUARD® listed for microbial resistance
  • Durable yet low maintenance design
  • Easy to clean
  • NFPA701 Certified fire retardant
  • Child-safe design
  • UV resistant
Our faux shutters have the look and elegance of real wood shutters. However, unlike those shutters, they will not peel, warp or fade and never need to be refinished. All they need is cleaning with a mild soap and water. They are also energy-efficient and help keep out the heat or cold from the outside to help you control the room temperature. The Importance of a Room with a View shutters can be adjusted to let the maximum amount of sunlight in. Studies have shown that brightly-lit rooms and a view out the window can improve patient satisfactions and fight depression. In fact, in questionnaires, patients have indicated a preference for a window view of nature while hospitalized. Researchers have also found that in some cases, patients exposed to sunlight have less anxiety and pain, require less medication and sleep better. Of course, our indoor shutters can close to block sunlight and ensure privacy when needed. For more specifics on the sizes and types of shutters we offer for healthcare facilities and more details about their features, take a look at our brochure for healthcare industry customers. They are durable, easy to clean and come with a 25-year warranty. To find the Eclipse Shutters dealer closest to you, just fill out our online form.