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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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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Introducing the Shutter Shopper App!

Custom Shutters

Custom Shutter App for android or apple.

The Shutter Shopper app is a revolutionary app brought to you by Danmer Custom Shutters for your Apple or Android device! The Shutter Shopper app lets you visualize how custom shutters will look in your home!

Using the Shutter Shopper app is simple! In just 3 short steps, you will see just how beautiful your home can be with custom shutters!

  1. Snap a photo of your windows.
  2. Outline the Window using the app.
  3. Select your shutters from a variety of colors, louver size and tilt rod options!

Once completed you will be able to see the beautify and elegance that custom shutters can bring to your home! Then you can save and share your design with family and friends!

The app is available now in the Apple App Store and in Google Play! Download it today or call one of our design specialist and they will bring the showroom to you!

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Reasons Hanging a Wreath on Your Window Shades is NOT a Good Idea

brown shuttersThe holidays are coming which means yummy food, family and friends, and of course, holiday decorating. When it’s time to dig that box of decorations out of the attic and create a winter wonderland in your home; think twice about what you hang on your window treatments. Some people make the mistake of thinking they can hang their decorations anywhere because they are temporary, but adding a heavy decoration, like a wreath, to your window treatments could cause long term trouble.

Reason to Not Hang a Wreath on Your Window Treatments

The science behind shades and shutters is relatively precise. Danmer’s custom shutters, for example, are made with high quality frames, stiles and the patented Duraglide Louver Tension System that support the louvers and are backed by a comprehensive warranty. However, while the shutters are designed to support their own weight, it is not made to support the weight of a holiday wreath or any other object. If you attach a wreath to one of the louvers or to a window shade, it will throw off the weight distribution. This can cause the frames, stiles or tension system to not function properly and it may even cause lasting damage. Danmer’s custom shutters and shades are specially designed to last for years to come under normal conditions, but hanging a wreath from them compromises this guarantee.

How to Properly Hang a Wreath

Just because you shouldn’t hang a wreath on your window treatments doesn’t mean your holiday decorations are ruined. There are lots of great ways to safely hang a wreath inside or outside your home.

Door Hanger: You can purchase (or make) a door hanger for your wreath. The door hanger fits over the top of the door and hangs down with a wreath hook. This is a simple way to add a wreath to any door.

Ribbons/Cloth: Another fun way to hang a wreath is from a ribbon or strip of cloth. Attach the material to the back of the wreath and then attach the top to a hook or nail. Tie a bow at the top to hide the nail. This method is especially festive when used for outside wreaths when you hang one in each window with a thick red ribbon. Depending on the type of windows you have, you may be able to run it over the top window sash into the house.
You can also find special hooks, magnet and attachments online to hang your holiday wreath depending on where you want to hang it and what type of material is there. You can’t go wrong as long as you steer clear of your window treatments.

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The Complete Guide to Cleaning Window Shutters

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cleaning window shutters

Have you let your beautiful, handcrafted custom shutters get dirty and dusty? Custom

shutters add personality and style to any room, but dust and cobwebs can really dampen the effect. Just like everything else in your home, shutters need to be cleaned regularly. Whether you’ve chosen premium hardwood shutters or synthetic insulated shutters; just follow these simple steps to keep your shutters looking new for years to come.

Wood Shutters

Materials:

  • Microfiber cloth or dusting cloth
  • Water

Instructions:

Cleaning custom shutters is one of the easiest chores in your home. All you need is a damp cloth. As needed all you need to do is wet a clean cloth and simply wipe down you shutters and then dry with a clean cloth. It is that simple. No need for any cleaner or polish.

** No need to use solvents or abrasive solutions on any shutters. These substances may actually cause warping and scratching.

Take the time to clean your Danmer custom shutters regularly and they’ll continue to be a beautiful addition to your home’s décor.

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Shutters can Qualify You for an Energy Credit!

You May Quality for a $500 Federal Tax CreditAre you hoping to get some perks from your new shutters? If you’re considering interior shutters. for your home, you may be wondering if this investment will qualify for an energy tax credit. It is important to know that not all shutters qualify – but some do. Make sure you check before you buy.

Federal Energy Tax Credit

Tax credits are often a great incentive for making upgrades to your home. In an effort to encourage homeowners to invest in energy efficient products, Congress enacted the Federal Consumer Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency. The Taxpayer Relief Act extended these tax credits into 2013 (and are also retroactive for 2012). Depending on the shutters you select, you may be eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the shutter system, up to a maximum credit of $500. Not only will you save money on heating and cooling costs for your home, you’ll get a little extra cash back at tax time too!

Danmer Custom Thermalite™ Shutters

Not all shutters meet the strict requirements for the federal energy tax credit, but Danmer is proud to offer the Thermalite™ Shutter Insulating System which does qualify under the guidelines set forth by the IRS and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Thermalite™ synthetic shutters look and feel just like wood, but thanks to their innovative design and materials they are water resistant, fire retardant, and they insulate significantly better than wood. This shutter system will increase the energy efficiency in your home by reducing heat loss or gain through the windows. Thermalite™ shutters will keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer thanks to the extra insulation.

Also, Thermalite™ shutters are made from polymer foam, which is a solid, non-toxic, synthetic material. Because Danmer uses this 100% synthetic, man-made recycled material, no natural resources are destroyed in the manufacturing process. These shutters are “green” as well as energy efficient.

You’ll also love the look and practicality of this shutter system. It looks and feels like wood, has a painted finish so it won’t yellow like the other synthetics on the market, and is guaranteed not to crack, warp, peel or yellow. There’s also warranty on workmanship, labor, and parts.

You’ll feel good about investing in Thermalite™ shutters. Not only will you save money on heating and cooling costs, you’ll also enjoy a smaller carbon footprint and a bigger tax return.

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