Are Your Window Coverings Safe for Your Child?

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 2.09.54 PMSummer is finally here and you have some time on your hands to clean out the house and get a fresh, organized start to the season. There’s nothing like that first hot summer day where you get to open all of the windows and let fresh air into the house while you clean. While chores like vacuuming and organizing clutter are on most people’s minds, child safety checks may not be.

Danmer Custom Shutters has created a simple safety checklist for you to use:

  1. Examine all shades & blinds in your home for exposed or dangling cords.
  2. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product.
  3. Use Kid Safe Certified cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
  4. Position cribs, beds, playpens and other furniture against walls that have no windows and no window cords.
  5. Permanently anchor all loops on every window covering cord anywhere in your home to the floor or to the wall.
  6. Ask your Danmer Designer how to replace older window treatments with cordless ones.

Over five million window coverings have been recalled in recent years because of injury and death to babies and young children. Recalled products include vertical and horizontal blinds, roll-up blinds, Roman shades and roller shades.

Strangulations and injury can occur anywhere in the house where children can wrap these chords around their necks or become entangled in the loops. This can happen quickly and silently.

Please use our easy safety checklist to help protect the ones we love.

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How to Choose the Best Custom Window Shutters for Your Home

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How to Choose the Best Custom Window Shutters
So you’re committed to improve your home and you’ve decided to purchase new window shutters. Where do you begin? Danmer Custom Shutters strongly suggests you use these 8 important questions to help guide you through your shutter shopping experience.

Are the shutters custom made for me?
Make sure your shutters are hand-crafted to your exact speficications, including color, finish and size to ensure your shutters fit your window flawlessly and match your décor. Danmer’s genuine custom shutters are made from the ground up to fit your size and shape of window, and made to match your décor…no exceptions!

How to Choose Between Wood and Poly or Faux-Wood Shutters?
There will always be homeowners who insist on wood shutters. But one alternative you should ask for is Thermalite™ Shutters. Unlike wood shutters, Thermalite will NEVER peel, crack, warp, burn, or discolor. They don’t lose tension so they work perfectly for many years. And the water-based finish insures safety with no harmful toxic effects.

How Fast Can I Get My Shutters?
Danmer is the shutter manufacturer, right here in California. This gives us the ability to install your custom shutters faster than anyone else in the industry. Many companies only assemble parts manufactured overseas, which can take weeks to arrive. Danmer shutters can be installed in as little as 3 days from your measuring appointment+.

Are You Fully Licensed and Insured?
The Contractors State License Board regulates California contractors, while investigating over 20,000 complaints each year. Ask any shutter company about their installers: Will the person who installs your shutters be licensed, bonded, insured, factory trained and certified? Do they have a minimum 10 year track record installing shutters? Danmer’s license is #574304 and we’ve NEVER had a complaint filed gainst our installers with the CSLB.

What’s The Right Shutters For My Home Environment?
The Thermalite™ Shutter Insulating System was created to reduce energy consumption in your home, insulating your windows up to 3x better than wood shutters, keeping your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Thermalite is made of a non-toxic material that’s flame retardant, water resistant,and produces very low VOCs.

Why Is Made in USA Important?
Danmer Custom Window Shutters are manufactured and assembled right here in the USA. We believe that investing in your home is an investment in rebuilding America. Other companies will also claim that their products are made in the USA, but in reality many are only assembled in the USA from foreign manufactured parts. Danmer shutters are produced here in the USA using safe and reliable materials.

Why Is 24/7 Customer Service Important?
Make sure to ask if the shutter company provides customer service 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to address any questions that may arise. Also ask your shutter company if they provide their customers with online order status, so you can see your from start to finish.

Why Is The Warranty Important?
Here’s what to look for in the fine print: insist on a custom window shutter warranty that’s actually transferable to the NEXT homeowner. A transferable warranty is desirable because it will likely increase the resale value of your home. Trust a company that will give you a copy of the warranty; that’s the Danmer Difference. Custom Window Shutters have gone through a remarkable transformation in the last few decades, with product and service options that you ought to know about before you make a shutter decision. You shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get your shutter company to tell you about the full range of options available. You deserve straight answers in a timely manner so that you can make the best shutter choice for you and your family.

Please visit www.danmer.com or if you would like to speak to a specialist, please call us at 888-326-6378. Good luck!

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TRIVIA: Who invented the first Custom Shutters?

Shutters – The Beginnings

For generations, people have selected wood custom shutters for their windows because of the durability, classic style and easy maintenance that shutters provide. They are frequently thought of as a standard fixture on historical buildings – from Italy to New England. Although custom shutters are in use almost universally, it is difficult to determine the exact historical origins of the use of shutters.

It is commonly believed that shutters were first used in ancient Greece in order to provide light control, ventilation and protection in that tropical environment. Those first shutters were likely constructed with fixed louvers made out of marble. Eventually, the concept of shutters spread throughout the Mediterranean, and the form began to change. Wood started to replace marble as a more suitable material for production, and designers started developing movable louver shutters to allow varying amounts of light and air into a room.

Window Shutters Gaining Popularity

Shutters generally performed two functions; admitting light and ventilation. Louvered shutters could be closed to minimize heat from the sun and simultaneously allow for ventilation and privacy when needed. With the louvers pointed in the downward direction, the shutters also shed rainwater. Solid shutters provided more insulation and were able to prevent insects from entering the home.

In medieval Europe, houses had rectangular windows with solid shutters that sometimes closed with a large iron bar for security and protection. By Tudor and Elizabethan times, glass windows started to be used, but they were very expensive, therefore reserved for the upper half of window openings. Solid shutters below the sash, windows remained closed with solid shutters. Hinged glazed sashes started replacing the solid shutters in the 15th century. After that point, interior shutters were increasingly used as decoration in homes rather than strictly functional purposes. Woodwork like window shutters and moldings became the main decorative elements in smaller houses in early 18th century England.

As wood construction started to be used for houses in the Victorian period, people started using shutters outdoors. The stone and brick houses built previously had deeply recessed windows that prohibited the use of exterior shutters because they would be unreachable from the inside. However, the thinner wooden walls allowed indoor access to exterior shutters.

To the New World

History of window shutters is important in America.As the Spanish started colonizing in the Americas, they brought shutters to the New World. Decadent mansions in the South used shutters, and the term “plantation shutters” is derived from this area. Plantation shutters on cotton plantations usually had wider louvers than shutters used earlier, and they were almost always painted white.

Traditional shutters often found in the New England states trace their roots to England, where the narrower louver was used. Often café type shutters mimic the original use of shutters on the bottom portion of windows before glass was affordable.

Sources: http://www.allaboutshutters.com/shutter-history.htm by http://www.horizonshutters.com/

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What Color Will You Choose for 2015?

Color can bring about a transformation- energizing, refreshing, calming, expanding or warming your home’s space. Take a look at 2015 color trends! Which one are you going to choose?

Dark colors will transform a bedroom into a dreamy, mythical landscape. On the walls,Teal , is a profound hue that adds a measure of mystery and majesty. Clean white trim and lampshades add a light contrast, while Oak is a dark counterbalance in the furniture. Layers of color and texture are found in the bedding, bringing bright pops of color for volume and interest.

An elegant neutral like light Gray on the wall allows rich, folkloric textile patterns and exotic fuchsia to shimmer and shine.

Pastels aren’t just for nurseries anymore – especially when you combine them with zesty modern accents. In this traditional bath, frosty pink walls painted pink blush color have an airy, feminine appeal. To keep the room from feeling “overly sweet,” a pop of Plastic Lime from the “Social Brights” trend palette appears on the vintage tub.

The contrast of pale yellow with the Purple accent is accompanied by a clean white on the fireplace, shelving and window treatments.

From the cool spectrum, powdery light, pale Blue creates a soothing atmosphere of tranquility.

The key to using brights is to use them strategically. They work well when partnered with neutrals, dark hues or light hues. This contemporary dining room is a lively place for a conversation with a feature wall in teal Blue, and painted chair leg accents in dull yellow.

The room is further refined with deep magenta accents in purple grape and offset by walls of light gray. A deep, warm plum, frames the windows and accents shelving.

Modern styling and black and white décor go hand in hand with the vivacious accent  red.

For more info, please visit HERE

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2015 has a wide range of color trends

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Why Thermalite Shutters are the Best Synthetic Window Coverings

french-doors6When it’s time to buy new window coverings, you have lots of options. There are hundreds of colors, styles and materials to choose from, but which one is the best value. Synthetic window coverings have a distinct advantage over hardwood, aluminum and fabric alternatives.

Advantage of Synthetic Window Coverings

Synthetic window coverings, as opposed to those made out of hardwood, aluminum or fabric have many clear advantages.

Better Insulation – Synthetic materials insulate far better than wood and other materials which can help reduce energy costs over time.

Longer Lasting – Wood will warp, aluminum will rust, and fabric will become worn over time, but long lasting synthetic materials will keep looking great for years to come.

Eco-Friendly – You may not think about window coverings as being eco-friendly, but synthetic window coverings do not use any of our precious natural resources. They also won’t need to be replaced as often, and when they do, they are completely recyclable.

Why Choose Thermalite?

Synthetic shutters are good, but Thermalite Shutters from Danmer are even better. These are not your typical synthetic shutters. One of the biggest differences is that the entire shutter is made from a solid, non-toxic polymer material. The competition typically offers cheaper, hollow louvers that do not insulate as well as Thermalite Shutters and they don’t last as long.

Thermalite Shutters are also American-made and have been for overdesigned and built for 35 years. They are manufactured here in the USA, not overseas. Thanks to this high-quality manufacturing process, Danmer also offers a comprehensive warranty including a lifetime warranty on all moving parts. Thermalite Shutters are also guaranteed to never warp, crack or peel.

For longer lasting, high-quality window coverings choose Thermalite Shutters from Danmer.

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Best Way to Keep Thermalite Shutters Clean

San Francisco ShutterThermalite Shutters are a beautiful addition to any home. Not only do they keep energy costs low and come with an excellent, comprehensive warranty; they are also very easy to keep clean. This is great news for homeowners who have made the choice to invest in Thermalite Shutters for their home. Here are some tips on the best ways to keep your shutters clean.

Don’t Use Toxic Chemicals

Do not use toxic chemicals to clean your Thermalite Shutters. They just aren’t necessary. Chemicals, abrasives and ammonia-based cleaners can damage the high-quality painted surface. They aren’t good for you or your family either. Instead, try some of these less evasive, more natural approaches that will get the job done in no time at all.

Good Ol’ Feather Duster

For regular cleaning, all you need to remove dirt and dust from your Thermalite Shutters is a fuzzy feather or static duster. Simply close the shutters and run the duster up and down over the front. Then reverse the shutters and do the same on the other side. For a little extra cleaning, just swish the duster between each louver. Try an aerosol duster (can of compressed air) as well to make it even easier. Just note: some dust may fall on the floor, so clean your shutters before cleaning the floor.

Vacuum Cleaner

You can also use the attachments that come with your vacuum cleaner to quickly and easily clean your Thermalite Shutters. This is a great overall way to quickly remove dust from your shutters, including the smaller crevices and higher, hard-to-reach areas. You won’t even have to worry about dirt falling on the floor.

Damp Cloth

If all else fails, you’ll have to pull out the big guns. And by that, we simply mean warm water and a soft cloth. What could be easier? Just get a soft cloth, dampen with warm water and gently wipe each louver. Because of the high-quality painted surface, dirt, dust, and anything else that may have landed on your shutters will simply wipe away.

Skip the chemicals and forget about the elbow grease. It’s easy to keep your durable Thermalite Shutters clean and beautiful for years by using any of these easy methods.

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The Right Window Covering For Your Décor & Budget

As featured in this months Desert Cities’ Your Villa magazine!

“All window treatments are NOT ALL the same

Custom Window Coverings

Danmer Custom Shutters

Window coverings including shutters, blinds and shades have gone through a remarkable transformation in the last few years. New and innovative products have given homeowners many more options than in the past. Choosing the right window coverings – and the right company to deliver these products – will save you money on home energy costs, make your home safer and actually the value of your home.

Lower your home energy bills by up to 35%

For example the Thermalite Shutter Insulation System TM from Danmer reduces home energy bills by up to 35%. By significantly cutting heat loss and gain through your windows, genuine Thermalite Shutters will keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, with as much as 3 times the insulation of typical wood shutters.

And with our non-toxic finish using the patented Duraglide surface, Thermalite will keep your family safe from toxic VOC’s and will NEVER crack, warp, peel or discolor, as other shutters are prone to do.

Local Company serving Local Homeowners

What else sets Danmer apart? Every one of our Hardwood and Thermalite™ Shutters are MADE IN THE USA, handcrafted locally to the exact specifications for your windows and doors, including color, fit and finish – no exceptions! And since we manufacture locally, Danmer guarantees the quickest turnaround time in the industry: installed in as little as 3 days from measure.

Only Danmer Shutters are backed by a warranty that’s transferable to the next homeowner when you sell your home. You won’t find another shutter company willing to stand behind their product like this.

The World’s Finest Window Coverings

In addition to Shutters, Danmer offers a wide variety of Hunter Douglas and Graber window coverings from Solar Control Roller Shades, Basswood and Fauxwood Blinds, Cellular Shades, and more, all manufactured to the highest standards in the industry.

Call us 24/7 at 800-486-2211 for your FREE in-home Design consultation. A Design Specialist will bring the showroom to you and help you make the right choice to fit your budget and décor.”

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Why Kid Safe Window Coverings Matter – The Facts

Window Coverings can be a beautiful but deadly addition to your home if you do not install the proper ones. Children are susceptible to injuries and even deaths by cords from some window coverings. Kid safe window coverings come in a variety of beautiful fashions that pose no risk to your family.

Parentsforwindowblindsafety.org has an extensive database of all reports injuries and deaths to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission dating back to 1972.  The information on this page is for reporters, government officials, attorneys and anyone else interested in window covering safety.  We will add to this page so please keep it bookmarked for updates.

FAQ submitted by PFWBS

How many children have been killed or injured by cords from window coverings?

  • 554

    Window Coverings can kill, protect your family but selecting cordless.

    Kids and Cords: A Deadly Combo

What does it mean when window covering boxes say “child safe” on them?

  • This means the product complies with the WCMA/ANSI standard.

If a product complies with the WCMA/ANSI safety standard does that mean its
safe?

  • NO! This safety standard is developed and written by the manufactures. Long operational or pull cords, accessible inner cords and faulty tension devices all comply with the most current 2012 WCMA/ANSI safety standard.

How safe are the safety kits passed out by the Window Coverings Safety Council?

How can I tell if a window covering is safe for children?

  • If the window covering has no accessible cords, front and back, it is safe.  Please see our safe products page for products that have been tested for safety.

For more information visit on how to replace your old corded window coverings please visit http://danmer.com/buy/kidsafe.php

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American Made Plantation Shutters

Manufacturing in America, Plantation Shutters

Manufacturing in America, Plantation Shutters

Danmer manufactures all its custom plantation shutters right here in the USA! Beware,no one designs, builds or installs genuine Danmer Shutters except for Danmer.

All of the photos you see from Danmer are genuine Danmer Shutters. And every one of our testimonials are from satisfied customers.

Some shutter companies claim to have a great product, but they use photographs of Danmer Shutters on their Web site or in their product brochures. They will also claim that their products are made in the USA, but in reality, many are only assembled in the USA from foreign parts.

Danmer’s plantation shutters are produced here in the USA using safe and reliable materials. Click here to learn where and how Danmer Shutters are made. Our concern for the environment and the preservation of our natural resources was the driving reason to create Thermalite. We wanted to find a substitute for wood plantation shutters that used energy efficient building materials.

Thermalite Shutters are the only 100% non-toxic, flame retardant, water-resistant synthetic material that looks and feels exactly like wood, and are made right here in USA!

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Kids & Cords: A Deadly Combination

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that cords from window coverings are one of the top 5 safety hazards in your home. There have been over 500 child strangulation from blinds and shade cords over the past few decades.

Over 5 million window coverings have been recalled in recent years because of injury and death to babies and young children. Recalled products include vertical and horizontal blinds, rollup blinds, Roman shades and roller shades. Strangulation and injury can occur anywhere in the house where children can wrap these cords around their necks or become entangled in the loops. This can happen quickly and silently.

To prevent child strangulation, the CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in homes where children are present.

Safety Matters Checklist:

Window Coverings, Shutters

Window Coverings

  • Examine all shades & blinds in your home for exposed or dangling cords.
  • Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product.
  • Use Kid Safe Certified cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit.
  • Position cribs, beds, playpens and other furniture against walls that have no windows and no window cords.
  • Permanently anchor all loops on every window covering cord anywhere in your home to the door or to the wall.
  • Ask your Danmer Designer how to replace older window treatments with cordless ones. Danmer carries a full line of cordless blinds, shades and custom shutters that are safe for everyone in the family.

For more information visit on how to replace your old corded window coverings please visit http://danmer.com/buy/kidsafe.php

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