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Kid Safe Window Coverings

October 10, 2017

Kids Safe Window Treatments


October is National Window Covering Safety Month!!

Did you know that window coverings can be a beautiful but hidden danger that many parents may overlook. 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. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging consumers to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords which can pose a strangulation hazard to infants and young children.

Window Cord Safety – What to Look For…
Children and window covering cords don’t mix. When cords are accessible to small children, these seemingly harmless products may become strangulation hazards. This is especially important with older window coverings that may not meet the latest national standard for window cord safety.

If you have corded window coverings and can’t replace them with today’s safer products, check for the follow hazards:

  • Move all cribs, beds, furniture and toys away from windows and window cords, preferably to another wall.
  • Make sure that tasseled pull cords are as short as possible.
  • Continuous-loop cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be permanently anchored to the floor or wall.
  • Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children. Eliminate any dangling cords.
  • Check that cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit the movement of inner lift cords.

What does it mean when window covering boxes say “child safe” on them?

  • This means the product complies with the WCMA/ANSI (Window Coverings Manufacturers Association) standard.

If a product complies with the WCMA/ANSI safety standard does that mean its safe?

  • Not entirely! 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 2014 WCMA/ANSI safety standard.

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.

If at all possible, use only cordless window coverings in homes where infants and young children are present.

From shutters to retractable lift cords to wand controls and even motorized operating systems, Danmer offers a wide array of child proof, 100% non-toxic materials and finishes with our shutters and other window covering options.  This ensures safety with no harmful toxic effects, cords or other hazzards. To learn more, download our Child Safety Brochure or contact us for an In Home Design Consultation and learn more about our child safety blind and shade options. For the month of October, Danmer is offering FREE Upgrades making your blinds and shades Kid-Safe and Cordless.

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Thermalite Shutters Buying Guide: What to Look for in Synthetic Shutters

August 15, 2017
Thermalite shutters

If you’re looking to improve and upgrade the window coverings in your home, synthetic shutters are an excellent option. Synthetic shutters are stylish, durable and a great value. However, not all synthetic shutters are created equal. While most of them look similar, if you do your research you’ll find that some options are a much better value than others. Find out why Thermalite Shutters are the best choice for custom shutters.

Materials and Construction

When buying new shutters, it is important to choose high quality materials. Vinyl shutters, for example may warp and bend in high temperatures and they are not strong enough to cover larger windows. Some companies sell synthetic shutters with hollow louvers that are not as durable or they say the louvers are “solid” but really they are filled with wood chips and toxic glue. Instead look for true solid louvers and hardware made from a synthetic material that is harder than vinyl.

Thermalite Shutters are made from a solid, polymer material that is water resistant and flame retardant. You won’t ever have to worry about warping or bending. You can trust that the patented Duraglide™ Louver Tension System and premium tilt rod hardware will not crack or break after repeated uses. This high quality material is designed to last.

Insulation

Another reason to consider the materials and construction of the shutters is because of its ability to insulate the home. Solid, synthetic louvers insulate very well and can save your family lots of money on home energy costs. With better insulation you won’t have to run your heater and air conditioner as often. In fact, Thermalite Shutters insulate up to three times better than wood and can lower your energy bills by up to 35%.

Made in the U.S.A

When making home improvements, many homeowners know how important it is to choose products that are made in the U.S.A. American-made products are typically higher quality and you’ll feel good knowing that you’re supporting American jobs. However, many companies say their products are “made in the U.S.A.” but really they are only assembled here using foreign parts. Before making a decision, find out the truth. Thermalite Shutters are always manufactured in the USA from American parts, and have been for over 35 years.

Impact on the Environment

Synthetic shutters are a green choice because no natural resources are used in the manufacturing. Danmer takes this one step further with Thermalite Shutters Insulating System.  These shutters are made from a non-toxic, 100% synthetic material that is completely recyclable. In fact, all materials used in the manufacturing lifecyle are recycled. Danmer’s paints are also environmentally safe with very low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and their solid design makes them energy efficient.

Available Warranty

Before making an investment in new shutters, ask about the available warranty. Many companies will slash the prices on their products but not make any guarantees about the quality. What good is it to save money upfront, only to have to replace the shutters a few years later due to faulty installation or low quality materials? You won’t have to worry about this when you buy from Danmer. Thermalite Shutters are covered by a comprehensive warranty that guarantees the shutters will not crack, warp or peel – ever. They also come with a 10-year warranty on the painted finish, a 25-year warranty on workmanship and labor, and a lifetime warranty on all moving parts, including the louver tension system. This warranty is also fully transferable if you ever decide to sell your home.

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Designer Spotlight: Simone Vianna

August 8, 2017

Meet Simone Vianna – August Designer of the month.

Danmer Interior Designer

Simone is from Brazil and got her Interior Design degree at the American River College. She has over 17 years of professional industry experience and her design philosophy is to work with clients to create a functional and comfortable look to their home. To her, less is more and you can do so much more with custom window coverings!

Why have one chandelier when you can have two (Candice Olson)


Style and Design Trends

What Inspires You: When I get to explain how amazing Danmer Thermalite product is. It’s Energy efficient, non-toxic and water resistant. Thermalite insulates more than three times greater than wood.

What’s a recent design trend you’re loving or following. I’m really into the new trends with Wallpaper, it’s back in a big way.

Blinds, Shades or Shutters… what is your preference? Shutters for best insulation (such as our Thermalite Faux Wood Shutters), shades for softness, blinds for places where you can not have shutters!


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Simone serves the Sacramento area, if you’re interested in a Free In-Home Design Consultation, call (800) 684-3434 to schedule an appointment with Simone!

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Designer Spotlight: Melissa Gardner

July 11, 2017

Melissa Gardner
Meet Melissa Gardner, a professional window designer at Danmer Custom Window Coverings. Melissa has over 16 years of professional industry experience and likes to blend the traditional with the contemporary, the new with the old.  She enjoys working with clients to create a custom look for their home.

Melissa’s’s unique design talent and business experience (she owned a successful marketing company for 14 yrs before transitioning to design) have allowed her the opportunity to work with a diverse range of clients and home owners through her career.


Style and Design Trends

What’s a recent design trend you’re loving or following. New design trends that I like are the use of Gray colors.

Blinds, Shades or Shutters… what is your preference?  I like and I love using textures on a window but my favorite to sell is always shutters they are a classic and will never go out of style.  Plus I love the energy efficiency of our shutters.

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Pet Friendly Focused Window Coverings

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Have fur babies at home? Melissa has some advice for you and your pets. When it comes to man’s best friend and your blinds or shades, the problem isn’t playfulness as much as curiosity. While cats like to lounge in windows and play with cords, dogs want to know what is going on in the world outside. Because of this, if you have pets at home, you need to consider your options. Window treatments are just an obstruction keeping your furry friends from a clear view of that squirrel, or the mailman, or whatever may be going on outside. Melissa can suggest the right options for you, weather it’s Cordless Blinds or top down/bottom up Honeycomb Shades or Custom Interior Shutters, your pets will be safe and you’ll have a piece of mind knowing that their aren’t dangers at home.

Melissa serves the Laguna Niguel and Newport Beach area, if you’re interested in a Free In-Home Design Consultation, call (888) 835-1571 to schedule an appointment. Click here to learn more about Melissa.

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Good News-Bad News about Sunlight

June 13, 2017
Danmer’s Thermalite Shutter Insulating System

Winter 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?

Danmer’s Thermalite Shutter Insulating SystemOf 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.

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Are your projects helping building the value of your home? Or hurting it? 

June 6, 2017
Thermalite Shutters

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 Shutters and Thermalite shutters, 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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Window Coverings That Reduce Home Cooling Cost

May 23, 2017
Thermalite Shutters, Plantation Shutters, Custom Window Treatments, Window Coverings

Whether you’ve been beating the heat with box fans or AC, you may feel like you’ve gotten the last laugh … until the electric bill comes — and then nobody’s laughing. It’s simple math: the hotter it gets, the more energy it takes to cool down, but by treating windows with energy efficient window coverings, such as Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters Insulating System, you can stay cool while slashing home energy bills by up to 35%. Here’s why:

  • Maximize R-Value. Thermalite Shutters are great for double pane windows, providing one of the highest R-Value shutter ratings on the market.
  • Less Heat Transfer. Using the Thermalite Shutters Insulating System in hot climates reduces the amount of heat transfer that enters into your home.
  • Restricts Air Exchange. Thermalite Shutters allow you to control the amount of airflow traveling between your window openings and the outside environment.
  • Lower Kilowatt Hours. Saving kilowatt hours means saving on your cooling bill, and Thermalite Shutters assists you in both.
  • Enhanced Energy Efficiency. Thermalite Shutters will insulate your home up three-times better than wood shutters.
  • Monthly Energy Savings. Energy efficient window coverings pay for themselves by keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Ready to keep cool while saving some cold hard cash? Call us at (800) 684-3434 for a FREE in-home consultation, featuring Danmer’s Thermalite Shutter Insulating System.

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Shutters Are Not All The Same

May 18, 2017
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Ordering custom window treatments can be a bit daunting!  With so many styles, colors, and varieties, it can be hard to determine which would be best for your home.  The best tip? ALWAYS consult with an industry professional before making such a decision, but here’s some advice to help you separate the outstanding from the inferior:

  • Many shutter companies claim their products are made in the USA, but in reality, most of them are built from foreign parts and only assembled in the USA. Ask about this!
  • Several shutter companies use materials that are not environmental friendly, and in fact are composed of substances such as glued wood chips and formaldehyde. Not good!
  • Some shutter companies use hollow vinyl end caps and weak plastic clips to secure their shutters. These items will not last long and will need repair and adjustment regularly.
  • There’s only one company that can build and install genuine Thermalite and Ultraluxe Shutters, which are patented and considered the industry’s finest Shutters.
  • Look for a Diamond Coat finish on the Shutters, using a non-toxic, water based material which is safer for your family.
  • ALWAYS insist on a transferrable warranty, one that will actually add value to your home when you resell the property.

Download a copy of Danmer’s Shutter buying checklist called “8 Questions that Most Shutter Companies Don’t Want You to Ask Them” Download it here.

Don’t forget about our BUY ONE Plantation Shutter, Get One 50% special offer going on now! Visit us online to schedule your FREE In-Home Design Consultation or call us 24/7 at (800) 684-3434 to experience the Danmer Difference.

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Make your holidays incredible with Plantation Shutters

December 12, 2016
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Get into the spirit of the holiday season by decorating you windows for all to see, both inside your home and from outside. Look for inspiration from your neighbor’s homes with Christmas trees, poinsettias, wreaths and bows seen from the front yard to the street. Keep an eye out and you’ll be amazed by the spectacle of all the lights and Christmas décor on the windows  at night during this winter season. Don’t be afraid to create some holiday magic of your own with lights, candles, ornaments, garlands and snowflakes, pine cones and a nativity scene. Here are a few diverse window décor ideas below to start decorating your windows for the holidays!

Christmas balls and wreaths: Hanging a wreath over the window gives a beautiful illusion of the wreath floating on the glass. With a magnetic wreath hanger simply hang one hanger on the inside of the glass. They are sturdy hangers backed with protective pads so your window will not be scratched.

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Christmas Window Boxes: Overflowing with white poinsettas, green pine needles, red berry clusters, and real pine cones good for indoor/outdoor use adds brillant color to your home during the day and sparkles at night while accentuating your homes plantation shutters.

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Budget Decorations: Not only is it cost effective, but you can never run out of great window display ideas using paper cut outs, pine leaves and a tree branch. Sure to brighten up any kitchen this holiday season.

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Don’t forget, the best part of Christmas window decorating is from both inside/outside the house. Dress up your house for the holidays with some simple projects and spread the holiday cheer. Plus, you can get into the spirit of the holiday season with a gift of Window Coverings to your home and your family. Call us at Danmer and we’ll help you design the perfect Shutters, Blinds or Shades to start the new year out right.

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Introducing 72 Hour Quick Ship Shutters

December 5, 2016
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Do you have a special party or gathering you’re hosting at your house for the Holidays?  It would seem next to impossible to have brand new Plantation Shutters installed in your home in time for the Holidays, right? Well, Danmer has taken care of that.  Exclusively from Danmer, our 72 Hour Quick Ship Program can deliver on such a promise.

Our genuine patented Thermalite Shutters are made right here in the USA – in our own factory – to fit the exact specifications for your home. So if you really need to beautify your home for the Holidays – or for any special occasion – we can make that happen.

With our 72 Hr. QuickShip Program, you’ll receive a shipping confirmation within 72 hours from the moment our factory trained installer completes the measurement of your windows. All you have to do is give us a call and say “I want the Quick Ship Program” and we’ll have one of our Shutter Design specialists help you choose just the right design to fir your décor and your budget. If you really need them fast, we’ll have your window measurements taken quickly and then we’ll get to work building and shipping your Shutters within 72 hours from the completed measurements.

With a FREE design quote, FREE delivery and FREE installation, you can enjoy your brand new Thermalite shutters with the entire family for the upcoming Holiday Season. Give us a call today or schedule your FREE in-home design quote.

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