Do’s & Don’t’s of Plantation Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors

Isliding-glass-door-plantation-shuttersnstalling plantation shutters over sliding glass doors is a great idea. Plantation shutters provide privacy, block light and add a beautiful, sophisticated look to your home. But before you make a purchase, it’s important to consider all of the variables such as size, material and which type of shutters will fit best. After all, choosing shutters for sliding glass doors is a bit more complicated than choosing for regular windows. Here are some basic do’s and don’t’s.

 

Do’s

1) Before selecting shutters for your sliding glass doors, do consider how much space you have available. By-pass shutters will take up less floor space when opened, but you will not be able to completely open the shutters. Folding shutters can be completely opened revealing the entire glass door, however when opened they will need a couple feet clearance around the door.

2) Definitely consider energy efficiency when buying new shutters. A lot of air can pass through large glass doors and insulated shutters can save you lots of money on heating and cooling bills.

3) Take advantage of the many options for plantation shutters. Choose from wood or synthetic material that can be stained or painted a variety of colors to match the existing décor. You can even get ones specially made for uniquely shaped windows.

Don’t’s

1) Your sliding glass doors may look standard, so you think that buying off the rack shutters will do just fine, but once you get them home it will be very noticeable if they are an inch or two off. That’s why it’s better to go with custom plantation shutters to ensure everything measures up correctly.

2) Be careful about choosing trendy or off the wall options for your shutters in general. Those bright red shutters may be all the rage now, but if you buy quality shutters they should last for a very long time. Will you love this style 8 years from now?

3) Do not be fooled by low prices on inferior shutters. Choosing lower quality shutters is likely to cost more in the long run. Instead invest in a high quality product that will last for generations .

If you have any questions, just contact a design specialist at Danmer Custom Shutters. Our design specialists will help you design which shutters are best for your home, measure the doors and windows, and then ensure proper installation of your new shutters which will last for years to come.

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4 Plantation Shutters Design Ideas for Fall

tree shutterAs Fall slowly comes into homes bringing cooler temperatures and thoughts of holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, it is the perfect time to consider your window treatments. Maybe you’re going to have people over the holidays and you want your home to be in tip top shape or possibly after all of the summer fun, you now have time to kick back in your home and take stock of what parts need a little updating. Whatever your thoughts are, now is a great time to consider some new design ideas for fall.

1. Energy Efficient Shutters – One of the best ideas for upgrading your window coverings is Thermalite™ shutters from Danmer. Thermalite™ shutters are the best synthetic shutters available. They look and feel just like wood, but they are longer lasting and they insulate more than two times as much as wood. Not only will you save on heating and cooling costs, if you choose these smart, eco-friendly shutters, you may even be eligible for a federal tax credit.

2. Plantation Shutters on Patio Doors – Whether you have French doors, sliding doors or any other style of door, adding plantation shutters to your doors will add a bit of privacy for when the relatives come to give thanks and eat some sweet potato pie. They will also help keep the cold out when you’re carving pumpkins and getting the little ones ready for trick or treating. Don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of space or if your door is a bit unusual. Danmer can customize shutters to fit any door or window.

3. Masterpiece Shutters – Did you go somewhere magical on vacation over the summer and you aren’t quite ready to let it go? Or do you have a favorite photo that you would love to see larger than life? With Danmer Masterpiece Shutters you choose a photograph or art and it is reprinted in high quality onto your shutters. When the louvers are closed, it creates a seamless image for you to enjoy year round.

4. Double or split shutters – If you are in the market for new shutters, consider double hung shutters for windows where you want a little more versatility. They work great in bathrooms and kitchens where you may want light, but you also want a bit of privacy. Open the top set while leaving the bottom ones closed to let in air and light without having the entire window exposed. This style can also help control heating and cooling costs because you do not need to open the entire area just to get a little light in.

Any time of the year is a good time to upgrade and redecorate. Let the design experts at Danmer help you with all of your questions regarding high quality window coverings.

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Can You Use Plantation Shutters & Drapes Together?

couch shuttersWhen it comes to window treatments, there are plenty of different preferences. Some like shutters while others prefer drapes. But what if you want to mix two different treatments together? Can you use plantation shutters and drapes together? Sure! Why not?

Reasons for Adding Drapes to Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters create an air of sophistication in your home. Custom made shutters fit perfectly within the window frame and on their own they offer a complete, finished look. However, some prefer adding curtains or drapes in addition to the shutters. This can be done for different reasons.

Maybe you want to add another layer to block out all light. Someone who regular needs to sleep when the sun is out or just prefers a very dark room may be interested in adding dark or even blackout drapes over the shutters. This way they can be pulled closed when necessary, but drawn back to reveal the shutters when completely darkness isn’t needed.

Some people just like the look of drapes. Shutters do a great job of covering the window and the different colors and styles allow for quite a bit of customization. However, with all of the fabrics available adding drapes or curtains to the window as well will give the window a slightly different look.

Adding Valances and Tiebacks

You can also add valances or tiebacks over shutters for decoration. While they won’t do much in terms of covering the window, many people prefer this look. Choose from a variety of matching valances and tiebacks to complement the colors and look and feel of the room.

This is a particularly great idea in kids’ rooms where their sense of style may change quickly. The shutters will last many, many years which means lots of changing opinions, favorite colors and maturing tastes. From baby blue to fire engine red, you can swap out drapes, curtains and tiebacks to change up the look while continuing to take advantage of the high-quality, long-lasting shutters.

The most important thing to remember is to create a design that you like and will be happy with. That’s the beauty of custom shutters. You don’t have to buy off the shelf ideas that other people have already come up with. Your windows are your canvas to design and style however you see fit. Danmer can help you fit window treatments that you’ll love for years and years to come.

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Plantation Shutters Shut Out the Elements

Did you know that plantation shutters can improve the insulation of your home? Shutters are different than blinds or curtains, as they are built to fit snugly in your windows. This snug fit helps keep out the cold during the fall and winter months and keeps your room cooler during the warmest months of the year.

The Advantages of Synthetic Plantation Shutters

While traditional wooden plantation shutters help to insulate the rooms of your home, newer shutters made of synthetic material can insulate up to three times more than wood. Because synthetic plantation shutters insulate so well, you may even qualify for a federal tax credit as you will be able to significantly reduce your energy consumption. Synthetic shutters are also eco-friendly as they can be made from 100% recycled manmade materials. Synthetic shutters are built so well, they are even guaranteed to last your lifetime and beyond.

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The Process of Having Plantation Shutters Custom Made

Having plantation shutters custom made for your home is surprisingly easy with Danmer Custom Shutters. The process begins with by scheduling your free in home design consultation where a Danmer design expert can help you navigate your choices of shutter types and help to match the shutters to your existing décor. After deciding on what will work best for your budget and your style, you will schedule your next appointment with a Danmer installer for the blueprint of your windows. At this appointment each window will be measured, and custom plantation shutters will be fabricated for your specific window sizes and shapes. The last appointment will be your installation date.

Having your plantation shutters custom made by Danmer Custom Shutters is the convenient and safe choice, as Danmer is the designer, manufacturer, and installer. Your shutters will fit your windows and décor seamlessly to improve the overall look of your home. Danmer doesn’t consider the job finished until you are completely satisfied with the results.

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The Benefits of Installing Plantation Shutters

Plantation shutters do more than add to the visual appeal of a room in your home. Installing plantation shutters provide privacy when you need it, allow you to control the amount of sunlight let into a room, and can even add to the insulation of a room. When you install plantation shutters into the windows of your home, you are adding the aesthetics inside and outside of the home as well as installing a feature that will last for years to come. Unlike other types of window treatments, wooden and synthetic plantation shutters are built and guaranteed to last. It’s important though, when shopping for plantation shutters, to only purchase them from a manufacturer who cares about quality.

Danmer Custom Shutters can custom design, manufacture, and install both hardwood and synthetic plantation shutters in your home. Schedule a free in home design consultation today to get started.

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Have a Boring Window? Shutters Plantation are the Answer

If you have a boring window, shutters plantation are exactly what you need to dress it up, offer privacy and control light. Sometimes, a room has a window that is just in an awkward place. Perhaps it is too high or low to even think about hanging curtains, or maybe it faces your neighbor’s bedroom, so you want to make sure no one can see in your room. Plantation shutters are perfect.

Can’t Find Anything to Cover that Awkward Window? Shutters Plantation Will

If you have shopped for blinds in the store you have likely found that they come in very specific sizes, so what are you supposed to do when these measurements don’t work for you? Do you “make” them work? If you have an awkward size window, shutters plantation are ideal.

Here at Danmer, we can custom make just about anything for you. Plus, we offer a free consultation, so you know that you will get the perfect fit. Schedule an appointment today and one of our design consultants will help give your space that polished look it may be missing.

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Buying a New Home? Finance the Cost of Your Plantation Shutters

Whether you need one plantation shutter made for a big living room window or if you are considering adding them to all the windows in your home, you may be interested to know that they can be financed with your home. Although we do offer financing, some new home buyers prefer to add them to their home purchase price because they barely affect the payment amount.

How is it that a Plantation Shutter Can be Financed?

Unlike many other types of window treatments, a plantation shutter that is custom made typically stays with the home. Therefore, it adds value and would be considered in the selling price, should the homeowner put the house on the market to sell in the future.

This type of shutter is ideal for pretty much any window because it is stylish and provides maximum light and temperature control, which dictates to comfort and energy savings.

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Why Plantation Shutters are Right for You

If you are looking for window coverings that will become a pleasant focal point and not a distraction, plantation shutters will be perfect for you. If you are looking for a way of giving your home more privacy or decreasing your energy bill, again, these are the perfect type of shutters for you. Quite honestly, it is nearly impossible to think of a space that these shutters wouldn’t complement.

Plantation Shutters Make a Strong Statement

Plantation shutters have the ability to completely transform the dynamics of a room without looking like you are trying to hard. If you are someone who gets bored easy, choose a wood or neutral color that will go with an array of different colors. This way, you can paint your walls as often as you like.

These types of shutters have a rich history and really tie the look for a room together. The wider shutter is far more sophisticated than a skinny variety you find prefabricated in certain sizes and sold in stores.

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Are Plantation Shutters Right for You?

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Fortunately, everyone has their own taste or the world would be pretty dull with everyone looking exactly the same. This also applies within the home. Can you imagine if every house was decorated the same inside? For most, this is an unbearable thought! Your home gives you the opportunity to express yourself in color, design and texture. For this reason, there is a vast selection of window coverings to choose from because what looks great in one home will do nothing for another. Interestingly though, plantation shutters complement nearly any space. There is just something about them that makes you feel like you are home!

Love Plantation Shutters? Check Out Our Thermalite Shutters

If you love the look of plantation shutters like most people do, but are not jumping for joy at the idea of contributing to deforestation, you will want to check out our Thermalite shutters here at Danmer.

These gorgeous shutters may look like wood, but they are actually made from polymer foam. This is a special material because it is fire-retardant, water-resistant, non-toxic and insulated significantly better than wood. Now you can offer your room the rich, warm and inviting look of real wood without depleting natural resources.

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