Act Now to Get Your 2013 Energy Tax Credit from Danmer

You May Quality for a $500 Federal Tax CreditHurry before time runs out! 2013 is slipping away and so is your chance to get a Federal Energy Tax Credit by installing Danmer’s Thermalite™ shutters. Tax relief provisions have been extended through December 31, 2013, but you have to act fast. Find out how to qualify today.

What are Thermalite Shutters?

The Thermalite Shutter Insulating System is specifically designed to reduce energy consumption and energy costs in the home. Thermalite shutters are made from a non-toxic, solid polymer that insulates up to 3 times better than wood. This improved insulation keeps the inside temperature more comfortable and reduces the need to turn up the heater or the air conditioner. Not only does this keep your heating and cooling bills down, reducing energy consumption also conserves natural resources.

How do Thermalite Shutters Qualify for the 2013 Federal Energy Tax Credit?

Part of the American Tax Payer Relief Act includes giving a tax break to homeowners who make energy efficient improvements to their home. Only a few specific products qualify. Choosing the Thermalite Shutter Insulating System may qualify you for a tax credit for 10% of the cost of the shutters up to $500 because this system meets the requirements to be considered an “insulation material or system” as defined by the IRS and IECC. The Thermalite Shutter Insulating System is certified for the Federal Energy Tax Credit under IRS Section 25C of the American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012, which was extended through 2013.

The 2013 Federal Energy Tax Credit Ends December 31st, 2013

It’s easy to start the process to qualify but you need to hurry. In order to qualify the Thermalite Shutter Insulating System needs to be purchased and installed by December 31st, 2013. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Call us! Call Danmer at 800-684-3434for a free in-home design consultation. Our design specialists will meet with you in your home to determine if the Thermalite Shutters Insulating System is the best choice for you.

2. Download the 2013 Manufacturer’s Certification Statement for the Thermalite Shutters Insulating System. This is the document you will need to prove that you had this system installed.

3. Download the FAQ sheet for details about this Federal Tax Credit. Review this information carefully so you know exactly what you need to do. This document answers questions about the tax credit and how Danmer’s Thermalite shutters qualify.

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9 Window Shutters Images for Home Design Inspiration

Do you need a little inspiration? When it comes to window treatments there are many different options. And when you consider that Danmer can customize wood or synthetic material shutters to match any décor and any size window or door in your home, the options become positively staggering.

Luckily you’ll have some help. A Danmer custom shutters design expert will help you determine the best option for your home. However, here are 9 great design ideas to get you started.

 

shutters11. Consider installing shutters on your patio doors. Not only will you get additional privacy, you will also be able to control the light and airflow into the room. Sliding and bi-fold shutters are a great solution for sliding doors of any size and style.

 

 

 

shutters22. Danmer Custom Shutters can customize shutters for any sized window or door. Small, odd shaped windows tend to let in unwanted light, but are difficult to cover. Curtains and blinds are rarely a suitable option. Shutters fit the window frame perfectly so you have a clean, uniform look.

 

 

shutters33. Wood shutters create a beautiful, traditional look. Choose from a variety of stain colors to match the surrounding décor and then enjoy the high-quality wood window treatments for years to come.

 

 

 

 

shutters44. Split windows can create a unique challenge when selecting window coverings. Custom fit shutters allow you to open or close each section to allow in just the right amount of light.

 

 

 

 

shutters55. Shutter doors are particularly functional. For maximum privacy and versatility, consider installing custom plantation shutters on interior or exterior doors for a classic, stylish look.

 

 

shutters66. Don’t let arched windows leave you baffled. Perfectly fitted shutters will bring elegance and sophistication to any room.

 

 

 

 

 

shutters77. Consider stained glass or faux iron panels to create a very unique look for your windows. You’ll add a splash of style and a bit more privacy too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

shutters88. Shutters come in all different colors. Don’t feel like you have to stick to white or wood finish. Give your windows a bold, unapologetic look by choosing a strong accent color to complement the room.

 

 

 

shutters99. Go all out with Danmer’s Masterpiece shutters. Select a photograph or art and it will be printed in high resolution directly on your shutters. When closed the shutters provide a seamless view of your picture and can completely transform a room. The only limit is your own imagination.

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

Window Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors

Window Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors are beautiful and functional. They allow in lots of light and air and they also create a nice, large opening out to a patio or backyard. However, the problem with sliding glass doors is figuring out how to cover them. Don’t worry. There are plenty of great window treatments for sliding doors, especially at Danmer Custom Shutters.

When it comes time to dress your sliding glass doors, there are a couple things to keep in mind. Here are some do’s and don’t’s for installing window shutters on sliding glass doors.

Do Consider the Look of the Room

One of the first things to think about when you want to cover sliding glass doors is how you want the shutters to look. This will depend in large part on the current décor of the room. Danmer will customize your shutters to match the look of any room whether you choose wood or synthetic material shutters painted or stained in any color. Consider a classic wood finish, a paint color that will blend in with the walls, or choose an accent color to bring out the beauty of your custom shutters. Custom shutters will last a very long time, so whatever you select make sure it complements the room and suits your unique sense of style.

Don’t Try to Handle All of the Measuring and Design

Lots of things need to be considered when measuring for shutters. First you may have to choose between bi-fold, bi-pass and other designs. Each comes with their own measuring considerations. For example you may have to account for the door handle. A protruding door handle reduces can interfere with opening and closing shutter louvers. While it is possible to get rough measurements on your own, the best idea is to leave it to the experts. That way you’ll know for sure that the shutters will be built and fit perfectly.

Do Consider Heating and Cooling Bills

Not all shutters are considered equal. Consider shutters that will insulate better, helping to save money on heating and cooling costs. For example, Danmer’s Thermalite™ synthetic shutters insulate more than 3 times greater than wood and you may even qualify for a federal tax credit.

Of course, when you choose Danmer Custom Shutters you won’t have to worry about making these decisions on your own. Our highly-trained shutter design experts will walk you through the process and make sure that you receive the perfect window treatments for any window in your home.

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5 Window Shutters Design Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home

tree shutterDoes your home need a little sprucing up? Maybe your family room lacks pizazz. Or your bedroom is blah and boring. Installing customer shutters is a great way to add style and sophistication to your home. Shutters are practical too because they keep out light and sound and can even save you money on your electricity costs. Here are some fun ways to add a splash of personality to any door or window in your home.

1. Masterpiece Danmer custom shutters

Create a completely new look with shutters that display a picture. Choose art or photography and the high-resolution image can be printed on your custom-made shutters. The flat louvers fold down to create a seamless picture that is sure to be the focal point of the room. Whether you like classical art or you crave beautiful scenery like majestic mountains or a palm tree lined beach; these unique shutters will add individual style and beauty to your room.

2. Engraved shutters

Danmer also offers beautiful engraved shutters with a tone-on-tone look. These shutters provide a subtle touch of elegance and style with carefully engraved images of palms, lilies, boats, leaves and more. Or create your own design. Engraved shutters are offered in many different finishes to perfectly match your décor.

3. The Kitchen is a Room

Not everyone considers the kitchen a room for shutters. Custom window shutters can add great accents and ambience to your kitchen. So if you’re considering a kitchen spruce up, be sure to consider window shutters.

4. Unique shapes

Do you think that hexagon or round window can never be properly covered? Think again. Because Danmer makes handcrafted, custom shutters, they can be made to fit any window to create a fun look. Add “fan-top” shutters to a window with a rounded edge or perfectly fitted shutters to any shaped window. Style meets function with these fun-shaped shutters because not only are you sprucing up the room; you’ll also be able to keep out unwanted light and noise.

5. Add shutters to doors

Custom made shutters aren’t just for windows anymore. You can add shutters to all kinds of doors including French doors, sliding doors and even bi-fold doors. These gorgeous shutters add elegant sophistication to your room; not to mention a little privacy.

If your home needs a little facelift, consider adding unique, custom shutters to your doors and windows. There are many different styles and colors to choose from to match your décor and personal sense of style. Have fun and start designing your new shutters today.

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Using Shutters with Curtains – How to Guide

Shutters with curtainsLooking for great ideas that use both shutters and curtains for window coverings? Both shutters and curtains have their own, unique benefits and when you put them together you can create a beautiful, elegant look that complements your décor.

Reasons for Using Shutters with Curtains

There are a couple different reasons for covering windows with both shutters and curtains. Using both options gives you lots of versatility. For example, you could open the curtains but keep the shutters closed for privacy. Another reason for installing both shutters and curtains is the double benefit they provide. Curtains may match your décor, but they don’t keep out the light. And everything that shutters do, like keep heating and cooling costs down and blocking the light and noise, curtains help by providing an extra layer.

Shutters and Curtains – Creating the Perfect Look

Danmer can help you add custom-made shutters and curtains in your home to perfectly match the look of any room. Consider the many options.

Long flowing curtains look great over windows that have shutters. Choose similar colors for a uniform look, or pick contrasting colors to create a bold, modern look. Often shutters are painted white or they are made with stained wood. Either option looks great with a beautiful blue, orange, or yellow curtain.

Café shutters also go well with curtains. If you want some privacy, but still want to enjoy the view from the window, install shutters on the lower half of the window. The curtains will provide the extra covering for those times when you aren’t enjoying the view.

The combination of curtains and shutters works really well in bedrooms where many people want it to be as dark as possible. Black out window coverings aren’t usually as stylish, but combining shutters, which really block out the light, along with thicker curtains provides an even darker room while still maintaining the look you want.

Danmer can help you create a truly unique look that you will enjoy for years to come.

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Mistakes People Make when Choosing Shutters

Thermalite Bay WindowShutters can be a great investment. First they add a classic, attractive look to any home. Interior shutters also block out light and noise, provide privacy and can reduce heating and cooling costs considerably.

But not all home shutters are the same. If you’re planning to install new shutters in your home, be careful to avoid these common mistakes people make when choosing shutters.

Common Mistakes Made with Choosing Shutters

Choosing cheap, low-quality shutters. As with anything, you get what you pay for. Selecting shutters that are made with inferior materials or workmanship just to save a few dollars is likely to cost you more money and create more headaches in the future. Custom-made shutters with high-quality material such as Basswood or PHD (Premier Hardwood) come with 100’s of framing options, finishes and color matching.

Buying from non-reputable companies. It’s easy to jump at the low priced offer you saw online, but do your homework first. It is important to go with a trustworthy shutter company that has already proven itself in the marketplace. Look for reviews online and talk to past customers to find out if the shutter company you are considering is known for quality materials, skilled workmanship, and timely delivery. Danmer, for example, has been around for over 35 years with hundreds of satisfied customers who can speak to their professionalism and quality.

Not considering all options. Maybe the neighbor’s new blinds look great, but that does not necessarily mean that they’re the right choice for you. There are many things to consider such as whether or not you want to be able to block out the sunlight and how easy they are to clean. Curtains, shades, blinds and shutters all have pros and cons that should be weighed before an investment is made.

Not having the shutters installed properly. Sure a general handyman can do a lot of different things, but don’t think that just anyone can install shutters properly. In fact, improper installation is one of the main causes of shutter problems. Make sure to have your shutters installed right, the first time, to prevent future headaches.

New shutters can be a great addition to your home and an important investment. You can trust Danmer Custom Shutters to design, build, and install high-quality shutters that you will enjoy in your home for many, many years.

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When to Invest in New Shutters

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Plantation Shutters

Is it time to invest in new shutters? Maybe you have old shutters that aren’t looking and functioning as well as you’d like. Or maybe you have other window coverings and are considering an upgrade to attractive, energy efficient shutters. Either way, now may be a great time to invest in new shutters for your home.

Shutters add beauty, style and sophistication to any room. Shutters are practical too! Not only do they fit tightly in the window frame effectively blocking out unwanted light and noise, shutters also insulate windows better than other window coverings helping to reduce heating and cooling costs. Depending on the shutter company you choose, the purchase may even qualify for an energy efficient federal tax credit.

When to Invest in New Shutters

Many of us don’t consider window coverings often, so if you’re spending time thinking about whether or not they should be replaced – they probably should. Here’s what to look for.

Warped, Yellowing or Cracked Slats – When shutters become warped they let in light, noise, air and keep the shutters from functioning properly. Yellowing and cracked slats are also a sign that the shutters need to be replaced.

Broken Pieces – Is the tilt rod broken? Has a slat fallen off? Or worse, is the entire piece coming away from the hinges? If any piece of your shutters isn’t functioning properly it could cause problems and the window frame. It’s definitely time to consider new shutters.

Dull, Chipped, or Fading Paint – If you purchased shutters without a warranty on things like paint, you may be faced with dismal looking shutters. This can affect the look of the whole room. Time for a face lift.

Shutters Buying Guide

When it’s time to buy new shutters for your home, there are quite a few options. You can choose from a variety of styles, materials, colors and finishes. Danmer custom shutters are durable and easy to clean. They won’t warp, crack, split or peel – guaranteed. And because they’re custom made for your home, your shutters will be designed to fit any shaped window or door. Choose from a variety of materials to make sure you get the right shutters for your home.

Wood Shutters – Danmer offers wood shutters made from the highest grade premier hardwood available in various stains, colors, and color matching.

Thermalite™ Shutters – Thermalite™ shutters are energy efficient, insulating up to 3 times better than wood shutters. They’re also made of environmentally safe non-toxic material that’s flame retardant and water resistant. If you want a green, environmentally friendly option, consider the Thermalite™ Shutter Insulating System.

Engraved Shutters – Engraved Shutters are unique to only you.  They are custom-made to fit your décor and your specifications by engraving the image from art or a photograph into the shutter louvers.

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The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters

You know you need window coverings, but which ones should you choose? There are a lot of different options. If you like the look of shutters, you may be wondering, what is the difference between interior and exterior shutters?

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are installed on the inside of the window frame. They swing inward to allow access to the window, or to let light and air into the room. Most interior shutters have operable louvers that allow light in without opening the entire shutter. They can be made from painted or stained wood or other synthetic materials. Because they are inside the home and already protected from the elements, they do not need to be quite as rugged and sturdy as exterior shutters that must contend with wind, rain, and sun.

Exterior Shutters

Exterior shutters are attached to the outside of the window frame, at the side, top or bottom, depending on how you want to open the shutters. Exterior shutters can be made from wood that is known to be able to handle strong weather conditions, or synthetic materials such as PVC or fiberglass. There are also exterior shutters specifically designed for very harsh weather conditions like hurricanes.

Which Shutters Should You Choose?

There are a couple different things to consider when choosing between interior and exterior shutters.

Purpose – If your primary concern is protection from severe weather and the elements; exterior shutters will be your best option. However for all other purposes – privacy, blocking noise or light, reducing heating and cooling costs –interior shutters will be able to do the job.

Décor  - If you want a custom look and something to match existing décor within your home, custom interior shutters are the best option. If you want to add some element to the outside of your home both interior or exterior shutters can add a nice touch.

Danmer makes custom shutters to perfectly fit any door or window in your home. Schedule an appointment today to find out how shutters can transform the look of your home.

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Can You Use Shutters on Patio Doors?

Many homeowners like the look of interior shutters, but they aren’t sure if shutters can be installed on patio doors. The answer is: yes! In fact, custom shutters and window coverings from Danmer can be installed on any door or window, no matter what size.

Benefits of Shutters on Patio Doors

Installing shutters on your patio doors is a great investment and brings along with it many benefits from attractive interior design to making the home more comfortable.

Décor – Complete the look of any room or entryway with beautiful shutters. They can match the color of the interior walls and door frame or select a bold, accent color for a dramatic look. Shutters look stylish and inviting in any home.

Privacy – It’s not always preferable to have someone walk up to your patio and be able to see right into your home. Shutters can be closed completely so that no one is able to see through them, providing privacy when you want it.

Blocks Light – Not only can you keep people from looking in, you can also keep light from peering in. Shutters fit tightly and block almost all light from coming in.

Noise Reduction – Shutters also block out unwanted noise. Whether you live near a busy street, school or business, installing stutters on doors and windows can make a big difference.

Choosing Custom Shutters for Patio Doors

While it can be easy to install shutters on patio doors, it may not be easy to find them premade at your local hardware store. Most doors are narrower and longer than typical premade shutters so it is best to have them custom made. Custom shutters will match the door and the look of your home perfectly.

Don’t let your doors feel left out. Install custom-made interior shutters on patio doors, front doors and windows. Danmer Custom Shutters can help you design practical, affordable, and stylish shutters for your home.

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Insulate Your Home and Save Money with Shutters

Kitchen ShuttersDid you know that the average U.S. household spends $986 each year just to stay warm? Heating and cooling costs can eat away at a family budget, but there are some easy ways to cut this cost considerably. Installing window shutters reduce these costs and provide some other great benefits as well.

How do Shutters Insulate?

You probably don’t think that much about your window coverings during the day, but the technology behind shutters is actually quite impressive. First of all, shutters are thick and they fit tightly within the window frame. This helps to block light, sound, and airflow.

The most insulating shutters available are made from polymer foam. Danmer has developed its own line of polymer foam shutters called Thermalite ™. Thermalite™ is a solid, non-toxic, synthetic material.  Because Thermalite™ is 100% synthetic, no natural resources are destroyed in the manufacturing process.  Additionally, Thermalite™ is water resistant, fire retardant, and insulates more than three times greater than wood.

Benefits of Insulated Shutters

There are so many reasons to invest in quality shutters for your home.

Save money – Did you know that you can lose nearly 30% of heat through your windows? Don’t make your heater or air conditioner work overtime. Insulated shutters will keep the air out and heating and cooling costs down.

Block light/Privacy – Shutters keep out light and the prying eyes of anyone passing by.

Noise reduction – If you live near a busy street, school, or business the noise that is constantly floating in your home can be quite a nuisance. Insulated shutters can help block the noise, while adding a decorative touch to your home.

Decoration – Speaking of a decorative touch, window coverings are an excellent way to change up the look of a room or add the finishing touches to your décor. Choose wood or neutral colors that will complement the room or choose a bold color that will make your beautiful windows the focal point of the room.

Whether you want to help out your air conditioner on a hot day or block the constant hum of traffic outside your windows, consider installing window shutters today.

 

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