Family-Owned For You Family’s Home

Family-Owned For You Family’s Home

Family-Owned For You Family’s Home

by Steve Gamel

Jeff Rinehart isn’t afraid to admit his business grew from perhaps the humblest of locations – his garage.

The year was 2005. Jeff and wife, Dee, had just moved into their Denton home and were so focused on the excitement and newness of the property that neither noticed until later that the window in the master bathroom faced west and was getting thumped by the sun. Not one to allow a missed detail to ruin an otherwise perfect home, Jeff made a few calls to see what it would cost to install a solar screen. The only problem was that he didn’t like what he heard.

“I heard the price and thought to myself, ‘Man, that seems really high.’ So I went to Home Depot, saw they had the supplies available, and decided to build it myself,” Jeff said. “It performed exactly how it was supposed to.”

Jeff had handyman experience, so jumping into action like that didn’t take much effort. But rather than keep his talents to himself, he started what was then known as Longhorn Solar Screens while continuing to work full-time in finance. He found a supplier in Carrollton, loaded up his garage, and spent his nights and weekends doing estimates and measurements for customers, building custom screens, and installing them – all at a fair price.

“It was a cramped space, and a lot of late nights,” Jeff said with a laugh. “But you have to start somewhere.”

Oh, how times have changed.

When Argyle Living caught up with Jeff recently, he was glowing over his 4,000 square-foot showroom, office, and shop. The company is now known as Longhorn Screens.Shades.Shutters., and over the last 14 years has become the go-to source for screens (bug, solar, patio enclosures, and roller screens) and all your interior and exterior energy efficiency solutions and home improvement needs.

Their list of services includes everything from bug screens, solar screens, motorized patio roll-away shades/screens, screened-in patios, interior window treatments (blinds and roller shades), custom plantation wood shutters, and seamless gutters. Not only do these products look nice and are built to last, but many of them help you save energy and money on your utilities. Not to mention, they enhance the beauty and functionality of your home.

Having a one-stop shop like this that is not only close by but is family owned and operated by Denton residents is a dream come true for the growing list of residents who are placing a heavy emphasis on outdoor living options.

Jeff and his team at Longhorn Screens.Shades.Shutters, which includes his sister-in-law, Christy Spigner, cover all those bases and so much more, and they service all of Denton County and the rest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Longhorn will come out to your property and work with you one-on-one. They also have a showroom for customers to stop by and see all the different selections available.

“It’s something that over the years we’ve continued to grow, and we always do what we say we are going to do,” Jeff said. “It’s crazy to think back. We started in that garage, and if you count that space, we’ve had five locations that have gotten bigger as we’ve gone along. We needed the space.”

Christy agreed. When Jeff first started, he was content doing everything himself while driving around town in a truck with a basic company magnet logo on the side. Today, they have 10 employees and five wrapped vehicles. Their team includes Jeff and Dee as well as Christy and her husband.

“I had sales experience, so when he needed me, I was able to jump right in,” Christy said as she recalled the day in 2007 when Jeff said he couldn’t do it all by himself anymore. “He was so busy that he was drowning; he couldn’t call people back fast enough. Looking back on all of it, that first year I came onboard was technically during the recession, but we were so busy that I completely forgot there was a recession going on.”

Christy added, “We’ve grown every year. We are personable, informative, and we have good products.”

Not bad for a business that started in a garage.

“My wife and I want our twins to see what hard work, determination, and never giving up on something you believe in can become,” Jeff said. “Longhorn not only provides our family with income, but it has also become a business we hope to pass down while continuing to provide our community with excellent products and customer service.”


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