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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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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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 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.

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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. 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

  • 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

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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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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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Do’s & Don’t’s of Plantation Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors

Isliding-glass-door-plantation-shuttersnstalling plantation shutters over sliding glass doors is a great idea. Plantation shutters provide privacy, block light and add a beautiful, sophisticated look to your home. But before you make a purchase, it’s important to consider all of the variables such as size, material and which type of shutters will fit best. After all, choosing shutters for sliding glass doors is a bit more complicated than choosing for regular windows. Here are some basic do’s and don’t’s.



1) Before selecting shutters for your sliding glass doors, do consider how much space you have available. By-pass shutters will take up less floor space when opened, but you will not be able to completely open the shutters. Folding shutters can be completely opened revealing the entire glass door, however when opened they will need a couple feet clearance around the door.

2) Definitely consider energy efficiency when buying new shutters. A lot of air can pass through large glass doors and insulated shutters can save you lots of money on heating and cooling bills.

3) Take advantage of the many options for plantation shutters. Choose from wood or synthetic material that can be stained or painted a variety of colors to match the existing décor. You can even get ones specially made for uniquely shaped windows.


1) Your sliding glass doors may look standard, so you think that buying off the rack shutters will do just fine, but once you get them home it will be very noticeable if they are an inch or two off. That’s why it’s better to go with custom plantation shutters to ensure everything measures up correctly.

2) Be careful about choosing trendy or off the wall options for your shutters in general. Those bright red shutters may be all the rage now, but if you buy quality shutters they should last for a very long time. Will you love this style 8 years from now?

3) Do not be fooled by low prices on inferior shutters. Choosing lower quality shutters is likely to cost more in the long run. Instead invest in a high quality product that will last for generations .

If you have any questions, just contact a design specialist at Danmer Custom Shutters. Our design specialists will help you design which shutters are best for your home, measure the doors and windows, and then ensure proper installation of your new shutters which will last for years to come.

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4 Plantation Shutters Design Ideas for Fall

tree shutterAs Fall slowly comes into homes bringing cooler temperatures and thoughts of holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, it is the perfect time to consider your window treatments. Maybe you’re going to have people over the holidays and you want your home to be in tip top shape or possibly after all of the summer fun, you now have time to kick back in your home and take stock of what parts need a little updating. Whatever your thoughts are, now is a great time to consider some new design ideas for fall.

1. Energy Efficient Shutters – One of the best ideas for upgrading your window coverings is Thermalite™ shutters from Danmer. Thermalite™ shutters are the best synthetic shutters available. They look and feel just like wood, but they are longer lasting and they insulate more than two times as much as wood. Not only will you save on heating and cooling costs, if you choose these smart, eco-friendly shutters, you may even be eligible for a federal tax credit.

2. Plantation Shutters on Patio Doors – Whether you have French doors, sliding doors or any other style of door, adding plantation shutters to your doors will add a bit of privacy for when the relatives come to give thanks and eat some sweet potato pie. They will also help keep the cold out when you’re carving pumpkins and getting the little ones ready for trick or treating. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of space or if your door is a bit unusual. Danmer can customize shutters to fit any door or window.

3. Masterpiece Shutters – Did you go somewhere magical on vacation over the summer and you aren’t quite ready to let it go? Or do you have a favorite photo that you would love to see larger than life? With Danmer Masterpiece Shutters you choose a photograph or art and it is reprinted in high quality onto your shutters. When the louvers are closed, it creates a seamless image for you to enjoy year round.

4. Double or split shutters – If you are in the market for new shutters, consider double hung shutters for windows where you want a little more versatility. They work great in bathrooms and kitchens where you may want light, but you also want a bit of privacy. Open the top set while leaving the bottom ones closed to let in air and light without having the entire window exposed. This style can also help control heating and cooling costs because you do not need to open the entire area just to get a little light in.

Any time of the year is a good time to upgrade and redecorate. Let the design experts at Danmer help you with all of your questions regarding high quality window coverings.

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Can You Use Plantation Shutters & Drapes Together?

couch shuttersWhen it comes to window treatments, there are plenty of different preferences. Some like shutters while others prefer drapes. But what if you want to mix two different treatments together? Can you use plantation shutters and drapes together? Sure! Why not?

Reasons for Adding Drapes to Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters create an air of sophistication in your home. Custom made shutters fit perfectly within the window frame and on their own they offer a complete, finished look. However, some prefer adding curtains or drapes in addition to the shutters. This can be done for different reasons.

Maybe you want to add another layer to block out all light. Someone who regular needs to sleep when the sun is out or just prefers a very dark room may be interested in adding dark or even blackout drapes over the shutters. This way they can be pulled closed when necessary, but drawn back to reveal the shutters when completely darkness isn’t needed.

Some people just like the look of drapes. Shutters do a great job of covering the window and the different colors and styles allow for quite a bit of customization. However, with all of the fabrics available adding drapes or curtains to the window as well will give the window a slightly different look.

Adding Valances and Tiebacks

You can also add valances or tiebacks over shutters for decoration. While they won’t do much in terms of covering the window, many people prefer this look. Choose from a variety of matching valances and tiebacks to complement the colors and look and feel of the room.

This is a particularly great idea in kids’ rooms where their sense of style may change quickly. The shutters will last many, many years which means lots of changing opinions, favorite colors and maturing tastes. From baby blue to fire engine red, you can swap out drapes, curtains and tiebacks to change up the look while continuing to take advantage of the high-quality, long-lasting shutters.

The most important thing to remember is to create a design that you like and will be happy with. That’s the beauty of custom shutters. You don’t have to buy off the shelf ideas that other people have already come up with. Your windows are your canvas to design and style however you see fit. Danmer can help you fit window treatments that you’ll love for years and years to come.

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