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Home improvement season is in full swing, and homeowners everywhere are taking on projects as small as replacing kitchen tiles, to as large as full basement renovations.  But what many homeowners don’t realize, is that not all home improvements help the overall resale value of a house.  In fact, some can actually hurt it.

Since some home improvement projects tend to be inspired by fleeting seasonal trends, it’s good to make sure that they can be easily and inexpensively updated down the road, if the trend, for whatever reason, doesn’t catch on.  Otherwise, it’s always a safe bet to limit big projects to carefully planned, and universally functional improvements that will always be in demand, in case you should you ever choose to sell your home.

One of the best home improvement projects worth undertaking is a window treatment upgrade.  Window Shutters, a fine example of function meeting design, can give a room an elegant, timeless look and feel, and can compliment any decor.  Danmer’s Shutters, such as those from the UltraLuxe and Thermalite varieties, include a very unique added benefit: each comes with a transferable warranty, which increases the value of your home, and can earn you more money if you ever decide to sell it.

Whatever home improvement projects you may be tackling this season, be sure to do plenty of research before starting, and consult industry professionals with any questions you may have.  If your improvements should happen to include new window treatments, Danmer is here for you ever step of the way.  Contact us at (800) 684-3434 to get started.

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Go green with Danmer!

Danmer 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.

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5 Home Hacks to save money for tax season

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 .

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Design And Colors Trends In Home

Though 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!

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Window Treatments to Help You Sleep

As 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.

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5 life hacks you need to see to believe!

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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No Cookie-Cutter Window Coverings

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.

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Winter Solstice and South Facing Windows

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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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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SEEING BEYOND WINDOWS

90212798755504129_yO7gG47l_fSometimes it can be difficult to just throw things away…especially if they were expensive to begin with. What’s the best solution to replace the old without feeling like you’ve missed out on its full potential? The answer is simple: Good old fashioned repurposing.

Imagine you’re remodeling your home and you’re replacing those old windows with newer, sturdier ones. Perhaps you’re having Danmer’s genuine American made Plantation Shutters designed and installed in your new windows. So what can you do with the original window materials that you’re replacing? Here are a few ideas:

Frames: Many window frames can be repainted and re-purposed as picture frames, or to frame artwork, certificates, or even mirrors!

Headboards: Even large/old windows can add an artistic flavor when displayed behind your bed… think old world decor!

Framed info boards: A good frame, sans glass, can contain a small bulletin board or dry erase board, while adding an essence of style and flair in your home office!

Art displays: Glass panes themselves can easily become works of art when coated with a little paint or other arts & crafts materials of your choice.

Room divider: The more windows you have to work with, the more you can do! The frames of multiple windows can be combined to make an interesting, edgy room divider. It’s sure to be a conversation starter!

Regardless of how you handle unused windows and frames, make sure the new ones are energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and made by American craftsman for exceptional quality! Visit Danmer’s website to learn more: http://danmer.com/

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