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Shutters, Thermalite

Good News-Bad News about Sunlight

April 11, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 11.07.30 AMWinter is behind us (in most of the country, anyway). Now’s the season of fun and sun from Spring through Summer!  There should be plenty of sunlight outdoors, but did you know that the sun’s rays can be healthy and useful to us indoors, as well?

Of course, letting sunlight into your home will keep it well lit – naturally – while cutting down on lightbulb usage. This will reduce your energy bill, a good thing.  But without the proper window coverings, it can be difficult to manage the amount of light without damaging furnishings, flooring and even that treasured art pieces on your walls. Not good! Fortunately, there are window coverings specifically designed for both energy efficiency and home interior protection. These solutions come in a number of styles to fit your own personal décor and your budget.

Danmer’s Thermalite Shutter Insulating System, for example, can help save energy twofold: First, custom Thermalite shutters cut heat loss or gain through your windows, providing as much as 3 times the insulation of typical wood shutters.  And second, Danmer shutters allow you to control the amount of sunlight that enters your home – which can reduce home energy bills by up to 35%.

Regulating sunlight can help create the ambiance you seek, while keeping those light switches in the off position. But let’s not forget the aesthetic as well as the practical: Thermalite shutters are elegant, easy to maintain, and look great in any room!  Visit us at www.danmer.com or call us at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation.

Shutters, Thermalite, Window Treatments

5 Home Hacks to save money for tax season

April 5, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 3.18.27 PMSo it’s tax season, and whether you’re expecting a refund or arranging to make payments, it’s a great idea to look for ways to cut expenses and save a few bucks in the upkeep of your home.  There are actually a number of ways to save just by making simple improvements around the house!  Here are five of the most cost effective:

  • Replace Your Air Filter.  To avoid higher energy bills, replace your air filters annually. Letting furnace air filters become clogged with dust and dirt can make it difficult for air to travel correctly, hence costing you more money to heat your home.  
  • Seal those heating ducts.  Poorly sealed connections can actually cost homes up to 20% of their heat!  Sealing up that heating ductwork can help spare a lot of shivers down the road and keep more money in your pocket.
  • “Low Flow” water fixtures.  “Low flow” is the way to go.  They’re relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and can cut your water consumption nearly in half, lowering your water bills and reducing water waste overall.  
  • Use Weather stripping.  Air can seep in and out during hot and cold weather, driving your energy bills up exponentially.  Weather stripping is a temporary remedy in preventing unwanted loss of cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.

Give Danmer a call at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation to see if the right window coverings can actually pay for themselves in reduce home energy bills, or visit us at www.danmer.com .

Blinds, Custom Shutters, Home Shutters, Shutters

5 Ways to Avoid Heartbreak in Your Home

April 1, 2016

vertiglideWhen it comes to your kids, safety is all-important. So did you know that selecting the wrong window coverings can be lethal to infants and young children? Blinds and shades with cords have been responsible for over 500 child strangulations in the last decade alone. Here are a few critical things to know:

  1. Over five million window coverings have been recalled in recent years. Make sure to do your homework before ordering ANY window coverings in your home where children are present.
  1. Horizontal blinds with cords are most responsible for child deaths and injuries. Shutters are the safest window coverings since there are no cords.
  1. Strangulation and injury caused by unsecured cords and loops can happen quickly and silently in any room.
  1. The Good News: There are ways to make window coverings safer for children, including retractable lift cords, cord tensioners, wand controls, and cordless or motorized operating systems. Of course, buying window coverings that have no cords at all, such as shutters, is the safest choice.
  1. Danmer offers FREE Upgrades making your blinds and shades Kid-Safe and Cordless.

Danmer makes child safety a top priority. Our Window Covering Experts are here to assist you 24 hours a day in choosing family-safe Blinds, Shades and Shutters for every room in your home. Visit us at www.danmer.com or call us at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation.

Blinds, Custom Shutters, Home Shutters, Thermalite

Design And Colors Trends In Home

March 21, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 11.09.12 AMThough we’re just barely through the first quarter of 2016, there have already been some bold design motifs that are likely to have a big impact on next year’s home decor.

Where one school of design favors bright yellows, reds, and greens to usher in the excitement of spring, another, and perhaps more popular one, relies on more muted colors, such as black, lilac gray, and coffee-like shades of brown. In a year where relaxation and “unplugging” from a world run by technology are key, these monochromatic tones help compliment the lines and shapes created by a sleeker, more streamlined decor. This can include anything from angular and symmetrical arrangements of art and accessories, to the big and blocky furniture that is making a comeback in many homes — all with attention to the relaxation and comfort that many homeowners seek today.

In the kitchen, black stainless steel appliances are becoming very popular and may make their way into many modern kitchens in the near future. And why not? The black appliances look great against gray cabinetry and the other muted colors that we’ve adopted this year.

However you present your home for the remainder of 2016, don’t forget one of the most important details: windows. The light that comes in will directly effect the colors and objects you’ve worked so hard to display. With proper window coverings, the windows, themselves, become part of the decor! For example: shutters, one of the most popular treatments, can add to the square/rectangular motifs, while also applying their lines, textures, and dimensions to your room in any color, shape, or custom design of your choosing.

Visit us at www.danmer.com or call us at (800) 684-3434 to speak to trained professionals who are excited to help you find the right window coverings for your decor and budget!

Thermalite, Window Treatments

Window Treatments to Help You Sleep

March 8, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 11.09.29 AMAs you may already know, the United States will observe Daylight Saving Time on the March 13th when we’ll set our clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. (losing an hour), and won’t set them back an hour until November 6th at 2 a.m. (when we’ll gain an hour).  This system, originally conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, was later adopted by many countries in an effort to save electricity and take advantage of early daylight hours.

Though many would agree that the extra daylight is a welcome sight, not to mention a harbinger of warmer weather and more time for outdoor activities, many of the same people would also agree that they’re not looking forward to losing an hour of sleep as a result of the time change!  And what may be even more inconvenient, the season to follow is so full of early morning light that it can become very difficult to sleep in again until fall comes back around.

Fortunately, there are ways to get around it.  The easiest would be to start sleeping in a room with no windows, but where’s the fun in that?  The best option is to treat your windows with adequate window coverings that let you control the amount of sunlight that gets into your home.  Danmer’s Thermalite Shutter Insulating System can be beneficial three-fold:

Thermalite Shutters were specifically designed to reduce energy consumption   by preventing temperature gain or loss through windows.

– This prevention can reduce your home energy bills by up to 35%.

– Thermalite Shutters allow you to have maximum control over incoming light.  Benjamin Franklin would approve!

Visit us at www.danmer.com or call us at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation.

Home Shutters, Window Treatments

5 life hacks you need to see to believe!

February 24, 2016

Any web search is likely to produce pages and pages of home life hacks for projects that may look great in your home, but don’t always offer a practical application to what your home really needs.  The following life hacks are not among them:

Garage “Safety Bumper.”  When pulling into the garage, it can be difficult to gauge how close the car is to the wall.  The poor perception can result in unwanted scratches, dings — or worse!  An easy fix is to cut a foam swimming pool noodle in half, lengthwise, and attach it to the wall so that you can enter without fear and/or damage when the noodle is there to take the impact instead!

“Light” hack.  By mounting a $4 Ikea shelf bracket into a dark corner, and affixing a hanging light bulb from it, it becomes easy to brighten up the darker corners in a room with ease!

Walnut Touch-ups.  Nothing can detract from a wood surface more than scuffs and scratches.  But fear not: by rubbing the inside of an ordinary walnut against damaged areas of a wood surface, the scuffs are covered up and disappear like magic!

Non-slip rugs.  Slippery rugs on slippery surfaces can be a pain — sometimes literally!  But by adding a few strips of acrylic caulk to the bottom, a rug will have the grip it needs to remain stable and prevent you from taking an unwanted “magic carpet ride” across the room.

The classic “cord cabana.”  If you’ve ever had to dig through a drawer full of tangled cables before, you’ll really appreciate this hack.  By coiling cables — everything from phone cords, to USB cables, to any other electronics — and slipping them into vacant toilet paper rolls, you can instantly say goodbye to the random cable chaos!  For added organization, just slip the rolls into a box for easy access and call it good!

Getting your home in order is important, and nobody understands that better than Danmer.  We offer only the best in custom window coverings to accommodate your decor and budget.  Visit us at www.danmer.com or call us at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation.

Events, Window Shutters

Share The Love

February 13, 2016

designerroller_cordless_childsroom_2Yes, love is in the air!  Valentine’s Day brings cards, candies, flowers, and jewelry. But why should chocolate makers and jewelry shops have all the fun? There are so many ways to add a personal touch to the Valentine’s holiday.

How about some special decorating ideas for Valentine’s Day? OK, so it’s not Halloween or Christmas, but there are plenty of ways to set the mood for that special someone.  There are always heart-shaped ceramics, candy dishes, and pillows that you can pick up from the seasonal aisle at the local superstore. But there are also plenty of fun DIY projects if you like to think outside of the heart-shaped box, so to speak.

How about a heart-shaped arrangement of small rose-colored candles and a trail of rose petals are a lovely start to a romantic evening?  And for the less intimate guests, homemade Valentine cards and streamers and can easily be strewn across the window or fireplace, each depicting hearts or cupid-shaped silhouettes.

For the more adventurous decorator, the windows are where it’s at!  Everything from temporary decals, to custom rose wreaths, to light-up decorations can ignite your Valentine’s spirit for that special someone or for the whole neighborhood!

If you decide to decorate your windows, just remember that framing your adornments is important.  White or neutral-colored window coverings tend to work best with shades of red.  If you’re in the market for new coverings, this Valentine’s day is the perfect time to show your home some love by investing in some elegant, long-lasting, durable window shutters.  Call (800) 684-3434 to take advantage of our Valentine’s Day Buy One, Get One 50% off Special!  (Your windows will love you for it.)

Custom Shutters, Home Shutters, Shutters, Window Shutters, Wood Shutters

No Cookie-Cutter Window Coverings

January 30, 2016

unspecifiedDon’t ever settle for “cookie-cutter” stock items when it comes to Shutters, or any window coverings, for that matter. That can be a recipe for disaster! Danmer Shutters are custom made by expert craftsmen for your home specifications right in our own facility here in the U.S.A.

When you order window coverings from Danmer, our friendly and experienced Window Covering Specialists are dedicated to making sure that your experience is fun and relaxing, never stressful.

During your free in-home consultation, we’ll bring the show room to you! Danmer’s representative will show you all of the available options so you can select just the right window coverings for your home.  Your Danmer representative will help you with all you need ton know such as colors, styles, light control, energy efficiency, and cost. No Cookie-cutter approach from Danmer. That’s the Danmer Difference!  

Danmer will then deliver and install your shutters with the fastest turnaround time in the industry! We can do this because we make your Shutters right here in our own factory to your specifications. The results are elegant custom shutters that are safe, energy efficient, easy to clean, and guaranteed to increase the value of your home.

 For over 30 years, Danmer has been committed to designing and building the finest shutters in the world, while treating every customer like they are friends and family.  Give us a call at (800) 684-3434 to learn what Danmer can do for you.

Shutters

5 Dining Room Designs To Choose From

January 19, 2016

Your dining room is that special space where you break bread with friends and loved ones. Of course, it must provide functionality and comfort, but it’s just as important that is presents a welcoming appearance and a personal touch. Dining rooms come in all shapes, sizes, and decors, but the most important feature is the one that represents your family’s personality.  Here are a few of the most popular designs to successfully combine those qualities:

Contemporary Dining Rooms:  Modern dining rooms of the 21st century have many common elements: A rectangular table that’s typically dark in complexion with perhaps unusually-shaped, neutral colored chairs. This isn’t your grandmother’s dining room!  The dining table often seats 6 or more people and is typically arranged near large windows or adjacent to a wall adorned with striking or colorful modern art. Custom Shutters are well suited for the windows in Contemporary dining areas.

Simple Dining Rooms:  Often bathed in browns and golds, the simple approach may vary in shape, such as squares, circles, and small rectangles tables.  4 to 6 traditionally designed chairs are arranged around the tables, and set near large windows and/or walls with complimentary artwork.

Country Dining Rooms:   Unlike their Simple and Contemporary cousins, Country dining rooms are less about tables and more about the surrounding decor.  Tables and matching chairs of all shapes and sizes can fit this theme, but the more traditional and rustic the better!  Surrounding decor will vary, but often includes China cabinets, paintings, and a more ostentatious design scheme than the others.  Nearby windows tend to be an important part of the motif, adorned with colorfully solid or patterned curtains, to complete the room.

Eclectic Dining Rooms:   An Eclectic dining room may look like madness on the surface, but rest assured, there is a method to the madness!  Here, chairs may not match (in color or design), and the colors and shades that can be used are limitless.  If done properly, this dining room will never seem cluttered and no color or object will ever feel out of place.  To lend some continuity to the overall presentation, the dining tables and chairs are typically arranged near windows and various works of art.

Round Table Dining Rooms:   Often centered and symmetrical, the round table can seat anywhere from 4 to 10+ people depending on the diameter of the table.  One advantage is that you can have an odd number of chairs without ever looking “lopsided,” and best of all, you can combine elements from any of the other dining room styles to make the round centerpiece flourish!

As most of these designs rely on the placement and size of nearby windows, it’s important to control the amount of light that will illuminate your dining area — too much can be unpleasant and too little can ruin the natural ambiance that sunlight or moonlight can create.  Larger windows work best with Plantation Shutters, which eliminate these concerns, and add a sleek aesthetic element to an already visually pleasing room.  Contact Danmer at (800) 684-3434 to schedule your free in-home consultation.

Home Shutters, Plantation Shutters, Shutters, Window Shutters

Winter Solstice and South Facing Windows

January 2, 2016

cafe-shuttersSo as of last week, the Earth shifted into winter solstice mode. This causes the Earth’s northern hemisphere (where we in the U.S. live) to receive less sunlight each day until next spring.  This is because the sun rises from south of due east, and sets south of due west, giving us only a 38 degree arc of sunlight –– significantly less than the luminous 86 degree arc we enjoy in the summer. It only sounds complicated, but we all feel this effect every day whether we acknowledge it or not.

As the sun (and temperature) drops, the winter chill can set in rather quickly, especially in areas with colder climates.  One possible remedy for this is to let daylight into your home through south-facing windows to absorb heat in the morning and afternoon, but there is one drawback: exposing windows completely leaves your home vulnerable to too much heat, lack of privacy, and potentially bad window glare as well.

The good news is that there’s no reason for windows to be fully exposed.  Danmer’s Plantation Shutters provide an optimal view and are designed to give you maximum control over incoming sunlight and heat.  In fact, the right Plantation Shutter can lower your home energy bills by up to 35% while maintaining privacy, and adding style and elegance to any room in your home.  Give us a call at (800) 684-3434 to schedule your free in-home consultation, or visit us online at www.danmer.com.

 

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