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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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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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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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

  • 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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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:

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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!

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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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Simple Window Treatment Tips for Large Windows

large windows - window coveringsLarge windows provide lots of light and usually a nice view. Having nice, large windows can open up a room and make you feel like you’re more a part of nature but they can also be a pain to cover. Without proper window treatments you’ll have a severe lack of privacy and the blinding sun can shine in whenever it wants; whether you’re watching TV with a glare or suffering through a hot day that your big window is making even hotter. Follow these simple tips for choosing and utilizing window treatments for large windows.

1. Choose proper window treatments for large windows. Some window treatments are better than others when it comes to covering larger windows. Vertical blinds for example work well and are an affordable option. They can be closed completely to block unwanted sun or to provide a little privacy. Vertical blinds can also be tilted open slightly to allow indirect sunlight in or pulled open all the way to provide an unhindered view.

Shutters are also a popular option for large windows. Choose custom shutters that will fit the window perfectly no matter what size or shape it is. Shutters installed on all windows in the room create a distinctive look that you’ll love for years to come.

2. Select energy efficient window treatments. You lose a lot of air through windows, especially large ones. Installing a large window in the room can make it much more difficult to regulate the temperature inside the room, unless of course you select energy efficient window treatments. Danmer’s Thermalite shutters are specially designed to insulate three times better than Danmer also offers blinds and shades that can deflect unwanted sunlight and restrict air flow which will lower your energy costs and save you money month after month.

3. Choose the color and style carefully. You may love that bright color or deep, rich stain, but when you get it on your large window it may be too much. Larger windows are usually best covered with neutral colors that flow with the rest of the room. You can match the color of the walls or choose an off-white color. Either way make sure to complement the existing décor because your large window treatments will be taking up a lot of wall space.

4. Buy American. With the recent turmoil in the U.S. economy and the awareness of our jobs being sent overseas, many Americans are making it a priority to buy American and window treatments are no different. Look for the “Made in the U.S.A” label before you make an investment in new window coverings.

5. Trust Danmer for large window treatments. One of the best tips is to let a Danmer design specialist help you select the best window treatments for your home. Danmer will not only help you make the right choice, we will also do all of the measuring and then custom make your window coverings in our U.S.-based factory. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re working with a professional company that has been in business for over 35 years and offers a comprehensive warranty on all products.

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Why UltraLuxe is the Right Decision for Your New Window Treatments

ultraluxeYou have a lot of options when it comes to new shutters for your home. Different materials, styles and companies are available; but this is an investment in your home and you want to choose wisely. If you go for the less expensive option, you could be faced with having to replace or repair them after just a few years. Opt for a less than reputable company and you could have problems with workmanship or customer service. You’ll have a quick and pleasant experience when you choose Danmer Custom Shutters and if you select the UltraLuxe shutters you will feel confident knowing you selected some of the highest quality shutters available. Find out why UltraLuxe shutters are the right decision for you.

UltraLuxe Shutters are Made from Premier Hardwood™ and Thermalite™ Louvers

Danmer joined the best of both worlds when creating the UltraLuxe shutters. The frames and stiles are built from Premier Hardwood and the louvers feature the high-tech Thermalite material. Thermalite louvers are made from a highly-durable, synthetic material that is guaranteed to not peel, chip, crack or warp.

UltraLuxe Shutters Feature the Patented Duraglide Louver Tension System

Inside and out UltraLuxe shutters are top-of-the-line. Danmer’s patented Duragline Louver Tension ensures the louvers will never need to be adjusted or tightened. You will always be able to open and close your shutters with ease, no matter how long you have them in your home.

UltraLuxe Shutters are Energy Efficient

Installing shutters with Thermalite louvers means that you’ll save money on heating and cooling costs for your home. Each louver is made from a non-toxic, synthetic, solid polymer that insulates up to 3 times better than wood. Better insulation means a more comfortable temperature inside your home and lower energy costs. You may even quality for a Federal Energy Tax Credit.

UltraLuxe Shutters Have an Excellent Warranty

A company can make lots of claims about their products, but it’s a lot different if the company guarantees it. Danmer guarantees the workmanship, labor parts and finish of the UltraLuxe shutter so you’ll be able to buy with confidence. Your UltraLuxe warranty is even transferrable if you sell the home.

• 10-year warranty on the painted finish
• 25-year warranty on workmanship and labor
• Lifetime guarantee on all moving parts, including the Duraglide louver tension system

UltraLuxe Shutters are Made in America

Last but certainly not least, UltraLuxe shutters are manufactured in the U.S.A. Unlike other companies who say their products are made in the U.S. but in reality they’re just assembled here; when you buy UltraLuxe shutters you’ll feel great knowing that every piece is made and assembled in the Danmer workshops in California. You get a great product and you support an American company. It’s clear that UltraLuxe shutters are the right choice for your home.

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10 Amazing Photos of Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors are a great addition to your home but window coverings can be tricky. Since the doors will need to be opened you need window treatments that can either be moved completely to the side or they need to be attached directly to the door.

Window treatments for French doors are best when custom made. Off-the-shelf options rarely fit properly or look the way you want them to look. Browse these 10 amazing photos of custom shutters for French doors to get some ideas of what to do in your home.french-doors1

1. With custom-made shutters, French doors can be covered to match existing windows in the room for a beautiful, unified look.








2. Danmer’s handcrafted shutters can be attached directly to the door or it can be opened for an unobstructed view without having to open the door.









3. Custom shutters look great for windows and doors of any size or shape.








4. Create a statement in any room with classic, timeless custom shutters for French doors.










5. The sharp attention to detail and style is ensures that every window treatment fits perfectly. Shutters that are built into doors fit so snug that when closed they let in very little light, giving you privacy and helping with heating and cooling costs.






6. If you have an entire wall full of windows, consider matching the window treatments on your French doors to the rest of the window coverings in the room.








7. Sliding shutters for French doors are installed on a track. They provide complete coverage when closed, and when you want to open the doors or enjoy a complete view simply slide the shutters to the side.







8. Another option is bi-fold shutter doors. These can be folded to the side to reveal the doors. The only drawback is that you need to have enough floor space available for the doors to open up.







9. These stunning shutters on both doors and windows allow in plenty of light when opened.







10. If you want window treatments for French doors that will stand and look beautiful for years; it’s time to discover the Danmer difference. Schedule a no-obligation, in-home design consultation to find out more.

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What are my Window Treatment Options for French Doors?

french door window treatmentsIf you have beautiful French doors in your home and you’re not quite sure how to cover them, you’re not alone. Window treatments for French doors can be a little challenging. It’s great to have something that will block out the light and provide a little privacy when you want it, but you also have to be able to move it completely to the side to open the door. The best answer is custom window treatments.

Custom window treatments can be designed to fit any size, shape or style French door. Here are some custom window treatment options for French doors.

Custom Shutters

A popular choice is custom shutters. There are two types of installation options. The first one is custom shutters that are designed to fit right onto a French door without interfering with the glass, handle or the door itself. French door shutters fit snug so that when they’re closed, very little light passes through. This is a great option for bedrooms or any other room where you want extra control over the light.

Bi-fold Shutters

The second option is bi-fold shutters that are not attached directly to the door. This choice is typically based on the look of the room and how much floor space is available around the door. When pushed open, the shutter panels swing out into the room and then fold flat against each other. This works well if you want to uncover the entire area, but it is necessary to have enough floor space around the doors

Blinds and Shades

Blinds and shades can also work for French doors. Either is a good option because they can be opened a little to provide some light or opened completely to reveal the entire door. When opened they do not take up much space so it’s a perfect choice for smaller rooms. At Danmer you can choose from a wide variety of blinds and shades in different colors and styles.

Whether you prefer shutters, blinds or shades; you can get high quality window coverings for French doors at Danmer. Danmer design specialists will measure everything precisely and then our highly skilled craftsmen will handcraft your window treatments to the perfect specifications so you can enjoy them for years to come.

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