4 Tips to Make Your Window Coverings Last Longer

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 10.34.20 PMYou’ll stay cozy and save money over the holidays if keep your window coverings functioning properly through the chilly winter months. Here are 4 handy tips to make sure your window treatments are treating you to the holiday cheer that you and your family deserve.

1:  Not all window covering materials are the same.  Cleaning shutters made of hardwoods may require a slightly different approach than cleaning synthetic materials.  Get to know your window treatment materials and then use and the cleaning solutions / methods recommended specifically for these products. Your coverings will last longer and they’ll stay looking great for the Holiday season!

2:  Dust.  Dusting your Shutters, Blinds or Shades regularly can help keep allergen build-up at bay and thus keeping you and your family sniffle-free during the changing seasonal temperatures. A simple feather duster can sometimes do the trick.

3:  Clean deeper when necessary.  Sometimes a regular household feather duster isn’t enough to clear debris or stains and buildup that your coverings may have picked up.  If that’s the case, you may need to wipe with a microfiber cloth or enlist the help of some good old-fashioned mild soap and water.

4:  When in doubt, ask!  If the information you’ve found in your research proves inconclusive and you’re not sure of the best way to maintain your window coverings, feel free to ask a window Covering Speciaist at Danmer ! Whether by phone, email, or live chat, our team of professionals is here to help you every step of the way. Visit us at www.danmer.com and let us know how we can assist you.

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American Pride

unnamedIn honor of Veterans Day 2015, we at Danmer would like to thank the proud men and women who have represented the United States in all branches of our armed forces.  Without their dedication and the sacrifices they have made for the common good, the United States would not be the proud nation that it is today.            

Did you know that the national holiday we celebrate this week was originally created to mark the end of World War I on November 11th, 1918? Specifically it marks the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

However much has changed in the observance of this sacred holiday over the years.  This day was originally declared “Armistice Day,” with the holiday set aside to honor those who lost their lives in “the great war,” as WW1 was called. We were asked to remember November 11th as a day to enjoy the peace our nation had found and had hoped would follow.  Nearly 40 years later (in 1947), the holiday was renamed “Veterans Day,” and would be repurposed to honor American soldiers who’ve served in any of America’s conflicts.                 

Danmer is a proud supporter of American values and is making efforts to help rebuild America’s economy.  Danmer Shutters are made and assembled right here in the USA, so we know that investing in your home is an investment in rebuilding America.  Visit us at http://www.danmer.com to learn more.  


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Save Daylight and Money!

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 10.22.50 AMNow that your clocks are all turned back for daylight savings time, are you ready for the colder weather and the shorter days that fall weather inevitably brings? There’s actually less light and heat retention in your home when the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer.

Did you know that with the right window coverings you can actually make the most of what little light there is available?  Plantation shutters, for example, offer maximum versatility, allowing significant control over the amount of light – and heat – that enters or leaves your home.  Danmer’s Thermalite and UltraLuxe Shutters have a patented Insulating System built right into them that help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The bottom line is that the right window treatments can actually pay for themselves by lowering your utility bills by up to 35%, turning daylight savings time into energy savings time!  Click here to learn more about how Danmer can help you make the most of your savings.   

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Halloween Décor for Your Home


unnamedHalloween is here, and decorating your home to be ‘spooky’ can be fun for you and your whole family. Adding that “wow” factor to your Halloween display can turn your home into a real neighborhood showcase.   

So, what are the best ways to keep up with the “Munsters” in creating a truly creepy, yet tasteful experience for your kids and your neighbors?  Keep your main focus on your home’s exterior and entryway.  The first thing that your trick-or-treaters see on their way to your front door is crucial in setting the mood for your ghoulish gathering.  Here are three simple tips to help you get started:


      • EXTERIOR “HORROR” LIGHTING.  The right lights positioned at just the right angle (typically from below), can help create a creepy ambiance!


      • WEBS.  Pre-packaged or homemade webs are budget friendly, and effective! Using large webs strategically placed can have a ghostly and fun effect, while getting your visitors into the Halloween spirit.  


      • SCARY WINDOWS.  Silhouetted window decorations can be accomplished for pennies on the dollar. Draping a few bats along your shutters, or using spooky skeletons to peer out of your other window coverings can make for a very frightful sight indeed!


Remember the basics while adding your own personal flair, and you just may end up with the most haunted house on the block!  


Happy Halloween!


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Advice for Your Kitchen Makeover

Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 11.14.33 AMSeeing your kitchen windows with brand new shutters for the first time can be a revelation! Who knew the kitchen could take on such a sophisticated look? Well, this is what happens when you invest the right amount of time and energy into your home improvement projects. In the midst of all the excitement to get your renovation done, however, many homeowners overlook one crucial detail that can significantly extend the life span of their new window coverings: the choice of materials for your shutters or blinds.

Your kitchen shutters, for example, must be able to withstand exposure to moisture from the sink , from cooking and from the dishwasher. Choosing shutters for your kitchen – or even a bathroom for that matter – that are made from solid hardwood may not be a wise choice. Over time, wood is guaranteed to warp, chip, peal and even discolor from the effects of water and moisture.

How to avoid this costly mistake? Make sure you get design help from a Window Covering Design Specialist through a FREE in-home consultation right at the beginning of your renovation project. Make sure your selections are a good balance of beauty and function. Chances are you’ll avoid premature wear and tear of your window coverings in the long run.

So EXACTLY what material should you choose for areas of your home that often contain higher amounts of heat and moisture? The answer is a synthetic material for shutters or blinds are your best choice. Genuine Thermalite shutters from Danmer are water resistant, flame retardant, and guaranteed to never crack peel or discolor, making them a perfect fit for kitchens and bathrooms. If you’re looking for a natural wood grain look, select a water resistant faux wood option that will bring elegance to your room, while holding up well in moisture and humidity.

Need more information? Give us a call at (800) 684-3434, or schedule your consultation online at danmer.com

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Are Your Children Safe Inside Your Home?

Child safety and window coveringsStatistics can be alarming, but when it comes to the safety of our children and pets, we can’t be too careful. Did you know that Shades and Blinds can actually turn into lethal hazards for young children. That’s why we’re supporting the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) in their October campaign calling attention to Nationwide Window Cord Safety.

  • There are have been 500 child strangulations caused by blinds and shade cords in the U.S. alone
  • Over five million window coverings have been recalled due to the lethal strangulation danger they pose.
  • Horizontal blinds, vertical blinds, draperies, Roman shades, roll up shades and cellular shades are all responsible for child deaths and injuries.

To help make your home safer for children, the CPSC recommends replacing unsafe window treatments with safer, cordless window coverings.  From shutters to retractable lift cords, cord tensioners to wand controls and even motorized operating systems, we at Danmer want to eliminate potential strangulation hazards caused by dangerous, often ignored cords and loops.

There are also options available to help modify your current window treatments so that they meet current safety standards.  The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) offers repair kits and we at Danmer offer FREE Upgrades to Kid-Safe Cordless Window coverings. You can also download our Kid Safe home safety checklist for free here.Child safety and window coverings

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What’s Trending In Home Décor

Screen Shot 2015-10-20 at 2.33.34 PMIt can be a challenge to keep up these days. Trends in fashion, design and technology seem to change at breakneck speed.  There are lots of options to choose from. But only the best ideas, products and services are sustainable as the newest trends come along to take their place.

When it comes to home decorating and home improvement trends, Window treatments can be seen as the focal point of almost any room, so homeowners and designers alike pay special attention to them.  Here are a few Window Covering ideas that are trending right now:

Stripes:  Window treatments that display solid lines make a dramatic and elegant statement.  This illusion can be achieved through vertical blinds, sophisticated plantation shutters and many styles of shades.


Organic Materials:  Everything from bamboo to hardwood grains are now being used to make custom made shutters, blinds and shades.  These materials can add an organic quality to your home while accenting the other earth tones in your decor.

Cool tones:  The ocean and sky lend inspiration to the color palette found in many modern window treatments, particularly in softer blues and greens that are trending now.  Accompanying shades of earth and sand – gold and brown – are used to ground the aquatic atmospheric tones.
Technology:  While look and function are most important in selecting the right window treatment for your home, modern technology is now adding the newest twist in form and function. For example, seamless motorization now make it possible for blinds and shades to be opened and closed with just the flick of a switch or the touch of a button.

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90212798755504129_yO7gG47l_fSometimes it can be difficult to just throw things away…especially if they were expensive to begin with. What’s the best solution to replace the old without feeling like you’ve missed out on its full potential? The answer is simple: Good old fashioned repurposing.

Imagine you’re remodeling your home and you’re replacing those old windows with newer, sturdier ones. Perhaps you’re having Danmer’s genuine American made Plantation Shutters designed and installed in your new windows. So what can you do with the original window materials that you’re replacing? Here are a few ideas:

Frames: Many window frames can be repainted and re-purposed as picture frames, or to frame artwork, certificates, or even mirrors!

Headboards: Even large/old windows can add an artistic flavor when displayed behind your bed… think old world decor!

Framed info boards: A good frame, sans glass, can contain a small bulletin board or dry erase board, while adding an essence of style and flair in your home office!

Art displays: Glass panes themselves can easily become works of art when coated with a little paint or other arts & crafts materials of your choice.

Room divider: The more windows you have to work with, the more you can do! The frames of multiple windows can be combined to make an interesting, edgy room divider. It’s sure to be a conversation starter!

Regardless of how you handle unused windows and frames, make sure the new ones are energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and made by American craftsman for exceptional quality! Visit Danmer’s website to learn more: http://danmer.com/

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Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 4.09.19 PMOne of the best ways to survive California’s hottest days are to seek shelter indoors, where an effective A.C. unit can become our best friend. Often times, the most convenient place is in our very own home, and though we can find comfort in our icy manufactured breeze, we may actually “lose our cool” when it comes to paying the price for such convenience — the dreaded electric bill.

Unfortunately, this is a common problem that doesn’t leave us with many options.   Though we’d like to turn the dial down on the sun, it simply isn’t possible, while hanging out in cooled public places can be even more costly than the home A.C.. After all, frequently attending movies, malls, and dining out can have outrageous additional costs of their own. So what’s the most efficient way to stay cool without breaking the bank? The best way may be easier than you think.

Look no further than your own window treatments. Proper window coverings can make a big difference in the battle against your utility bills, and by keeping your home properly insulated, you’ll use less energy and save money at the same time — it’s a win-win!

The most efficient window coverings by far are Plantation Shutters. The right shutters properly installed, will put a significant dent in your ever-hungry energy bill. Danmer manufactures a patented shutter known as Thermalite. The Thermalite Shutter Insulation System will provide up to 3x the insulating properties of typical wood shutters, and can reduce the amount of heat transfer and airflow into your home.

Thermalite Shutters can also save kilowatt hours, which additionally helps save on your heating and cooling bills, and can lower energy bills by up to 35% — Thermalite shutters will actually pay for themselves in reduced home energy bills.

Regardless of your methods for beating the heat, be sure to stay hydrated and take sunscreen if you’ll be out in the sun for long periods of time. Stay cool!

For more information about the Danmer Thermalite Insulating System, call 888-326-6378.

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Shutters through the Ages

Bathroom shuttersDid you know that window shutters are more than 500 years old? When shutters first appeared, they often took the place of window glass, which was rare and very expensive at the time, and exclusively covered the bottom half of the open window area. These early incarnations could be folded inside to allow light and air to enter, or barricaded from within as a safety measure when closed.

As window glass became more common in the 1700s, builders were prompted to “double hang” windows, similar to the Federation style windows we utilize today. With these modern advancements, shutters were redesigned to cover the entire height of the windows, but the shutters were still installed within the home due to the thick stones and masonry that buildings of that period were constructed from.

Over a century later, timber and other materials were used to produce thinner walls, allowing inhabitants to fully reach out from their windows. This ushered in a trend of shutters installed on the home’s exterior, and were used for vanity every bit as much as they were for protection against the elements. As time passed, the shutters’ evolution included shutter blades, which were angled slats that acted as a filter against rain and incoming sunlight.

The image of the shutter continued to become a popular staple in the 1960s, as many homes exhibited them as a feature of their home’s facade. These shutters, however, were not intended for functionality, but were instead included as a design choice for aesthetic appeal.

Shutters continued to make their way around the world and evolved throughout the 1980s.   After becoming inspired by the shutters used in the breezeways of American cotton plantations, an Australian husband and wife began experimenting with different materials and methods to create their own version of the plantation shutter.

About a decade later, as experiments were conducted across the globe, an affordable variant of shutters were fashioned from PVC and helped grow the demand for stylish window treatments. This new version opened the door for technological advancements, both in manufacturing and installation.

Today, shutters can be purchased in many varieties and materials, and are able to be hinged inside or out. Though they began as something of a luxury item and can still carry a moderate price tag, there are many affordable options available to suit the needs of homeowners everywhere. The modern day shutter carries the basic function of its ancestor, while incorporating a timeless elegance that its predecessors have always intended. At this rate, the window shutter will never go out of style.

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