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How to Get up to $500 Federal Tax Credit

June 2, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.00.37 PMDid you know that you could get up to $500 in Federal Tax Credit just for installing selected window coverings into your home this year? The trick is to select the products that qualify for this Tax Credit and then have them installed before the end of the calendar year (in other words, before December 31, 2016). The good news is that Danmer offers a Custom Shutters option and a Hunter Douglas Shade option that both qualify for this tax credit.

Here’s the back-story: Back in 2009, President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This “stimulus bill” included a federal tax credit on selected energy efficient products for the home purchased during 2009 and 2010. Although the original law has expired, The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 reinstated the federal tax credit for calendar year 2016. The home must be your principal residence.

Danmer’s patented Thermalite Shutter Insulating System qualifies for this program, as these shutters are manufactured to the criteria established as an “Eligible Building Envelope Component” and classified as an “insulation material or system” as defined in Section 4.01 of IRS Notice 2009-53. Thermalite Shutters are distributed exclusively by Danmer. CLICK HERE to learn more about Thermalite and HERE for the Hunter Douglas Shades that qualify for the Tax Credit. You can also review the Manufacturer’s Certification Statement and the simple FAQ page about the tax credit program here at www.danmer.com/2016taxcredit

If you add this tax credit to the ‘Buy One and then Get One” offer currently on the Danmer site, there may never be a better time to add elegance to your home at a great price. Call us at (888) 420-9892 to schedule your in-home design quote.

Home Decor, Virtual rooms

Go Online for Home Improvement Projects

May 22, 2016

danmerblogThinking about a home improvement project or a remodel of one or more rooms? Where to begin?  Technology has made the process a lot easier from easily accessible design sketchers to tips and resources are all just a click away on your computers and smart devices.

  • Virtual room designers. Many websites dedicated to design and decor offer a number of tools to help you arrange your space, including Virtual Room Software. These allow you to make 2D and 3D floor plans from the ground up, enabling you to “move” furniture and decor easily without even having to lift a finger! Try this one for example http://www.homestyler.com/designer
  • Trend watchers. There are tons of websites and apps that help you stay abreast of current trends and new or upcoming home improvement ideas, colors, materials, etc. Here are a few great sites for such research: HomeTrends.com and Elle Decor.

At the end of the day, it’s always a good idea to consult with reputable companies that have a proven track record in your neighborhood.  Such companies usually offer valuable tips, resources, and other helpful information right on their website.  Danmer is proud to be one of these companies. Check out our other blogs posts as well as brochures on our website with information regarding safety, product information, design trends, and everyday life hacks for use in your home.

You can always call us directly at (800) 684-3434 to learn more about the latest in window covering products and technology.

Home Shutters, Shutters, Thermalite, Window Shutters, Wood Shutters

More Tips for the Smart Shutter Shopper

May 15, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.42.04 AMAs a shopper, here are a few questions that most shutter companies would prefer you didn’t ask (because you won’t like the answer they give you):

  • Are these shutters really custom made for me? Not all companies hand-craft their product to your specifications.  Many companies use off-the shelf cookie-cutter shutter panels that are then fit to your openings. Be wary of this approach.
  • Should I choose wood or other materials for my Shutters? Many companies don’t even have such options available. Only patented Thermalite Shutters from Danmer, unlike wood shutters, will NEVER peel, crack, warp, burn, or discolor.
  • How fast can I get my shutters? Most companies import their parts and shutter materials from overseas. This can take 8-12 weeks for your shutters to arrive and assemble.  But Danmer manufactures all of our shutters right here in the USA, which gives you the fastest turnaround time in the industry.
  • Transferrable warranty? Insist on a warranty that’s actually transferable to the NEXT homeowner.  These warranties are desirable because they can increase the resale value of your home.  Trust in the company that gives you a copy in advance.

You can also download a copy of Danmer’s Shutter buying checklist called “ the 8 Questions that Most Shutter Companies Don’t Want You to Ask Them” Download it here. Or call us 24/7 at (800) 684-3434 to experience the Danmer Difference.

 

Custom Shutters, Home Shutters, Window Treatments

4 favorite kitchen trends of 2016

May 2, 2016
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Kitchen

We’re fast approaching the mid-point of 2016, so it’s interesting to see which home trends are thriving in the zeitgeist. Here are five of the hottest trends likely to become kitchen staples for years to come:

– Ying, yang, and neutral tones  Black, white, earthy grays and coffee-shaded browns are being used regularly to enhance kitchen spaces and create a more relaxing atmosphere.

– 21st Century accessibility.  As with many rooms in the home, the kitchen is evolving to meet our technological needs.  For example, charging stations and hand-free phone and tablet mounts are helping to make recipes and cooking videos more easily accessible.

– Functionality.  Much like the need for technological accessibility, kitchens are also evolving to accommodate our other needs. The addition of small nooks and ports for refuse, wine refrigerators, and coffee making stations are popping up all over the place.

– Luxury-rugged.  As with cabinetry, many kitchens are adopting rougher-looking materials, sans ornamentation, for a sleek, smooth look.  Hardwood floors and black slate tiles are a great example of this, and fit well with many custom decors.

Whether undertaking a full kitchen renovation, or just freshening one up, don’t forget to include your window treatments in your epic home transformation.  Did you know that Damner specifically color matches custom shutters to fit your home decor perfectly?  Visit us online at www.danmer.com, or call us at (800) 684-3434 to set up your free in-home consultation.

Enironment, Green Initiatives

Go green with Danmer!

April 17, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 10.47.18 AMDanmer has been a pioneer in the window coverings industry for decades. Our innovative approach includes taking environmental concerns very seriously.  That’s why our patented The Thermalite Shutter Insulating System is the Green Choice in Custom Shutters.

Thermalite was designed by Danmer with the environment concerns and energy efficiency in mind.  Made from non-toxic polymer material, Thermalite uses less resources to manufacture than other shutters, and doesn’t emit toxic chemicals when used or disposed of.  And talk about durable:  Thermalite will NEVER crack, peel, warp, or discolor like most shutters on the market.  In fact, Thermalite Shutters are so long-lasting, they come with a unique, lifetime warranty that’s even transferable to the next homeowner.

Thermalite’s reputation for ‘being green’ also comes it’s energy reducing qualities. Use of Thermalite in your home will cut your heat loss or gain through windows and doors.  Though Thermalite looks and feels exactly like wood, Thermalite provides as much as 3 times the insulation of typical wood shutters, reducing your home energy bills by as much as 35%.  By using The Thermalite Shutter Insulating System, you can save energy, while saving the environment at the same time.

Contact us at (800) 684-3434 or danmer.com to start saving today.

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.

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