If you are in the market for shutters and have found yourself comparing a few different styles, you may also be a little confused. How are you supposed to compare apples to apples if you are not really sure what some of the parts are?
Could two different shutters have the same parts under different names? If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with the shopping process, this glossary should help.
Parts of Shutters
- Panel – The panel is the main component of shutter installation. It is traditionally a rectangular section with a hinge that allows it to open, and it contains all of the louvers.
- Frame – Shutters are generally ordered with a frame. The panels are mounted right inside this, and it is mounted to the window.
- Stile – The louvers of the shutters rotate between the stiles.
- Louvers – These are the horizontal slats that tilt to open and close, either allowing the light in, or providing complete privacy.
- Rails – Many stiles will have rails that serve the purpose of providing structure and stability.
When you live in Sacramento, shutters are a crucial component to making a space more comfortable and keeping energy bills as low as possible. You may be interested to learn that 50 percent of the heating and cooling in your home can be lost, when you don’t have energy efficient window treatments. This is one of the reasons the Hunter Douglas styles we have, here at Danmer, are so popular; they provide window insulation.
Sacramento Shutters – Understand the Importance of Solar Heat Control
When faced with the warm temperatures and vibrant sun of Sacramento, shutters that provide solar heat control are in high demand. Although the solar energy from the sun is welcome in the winter, it makes rooms uncomfortable in the summer and substantially drives up energy bills.
Many shutter styles that we carry here at Danmer are designed to specifically reduce solar heat passing through your windows. This is referred to as Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). When you have a lower SHGC, your home is better protected from the sun’s heat.
No other window coverings can truly match the elegant touch that plantation shutters can bring to a home. That being said, it is important to realize that this type of shutter will become a focal point in your room, so one made of cheap materials, or if it doesn’t fit right, will certainly become an undesirable distraction.
These shutters can change the aesthetic of any room they occupy, while also increasing privacy and allowing for maximum light control.
Make a Statement with Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters will act as a centerpiece to your room, so it is important to choose the ones that will best complement your space. Strong colors can make a bold statement, but, if the room already has a loud color palette, these can sometimes be a little overbearing.
White, off-white and other neutral colors are popular options, and, although you might think of these colors as boring, you will see that they certainly are not.
You may have your heart set on a certain color because you really love the way they look, but will they complement your space? Sometimes consumers shop to satisfy their desire, rather than shop to complement the room. Our design consultants here at Danmer can help you make your decision by giving an objective professional opinion.
There is a good chance that your French doors are one of the elements that sold you on your house. There is just something about them that makes a house become more welcoming. Of course, if you are like many others, finding window coverings for these doors you were so sold on has probably become a bit of a nightmare. You may have even given up!
We Have Window Coverings for Your French Doors
Although nearly any of the Hunter Douglas styles we carry here at Danmer can be fitted to your French doors, there are some that are a little more recommended over others. Keep in mind that window coverings that mount beyond the glass frame will require spacer blocks or extension brackets, for proper clearance. Your particular doors may also require a cutout for your door handles.
One of our design specialists can show you which styles will look and function best in your French doors, and take all the necessary measurements to ensure a perfect fit.
It seems as though everywhere you look today, every product seems to be labeled as natural or environmentally friendly. Sadly, though, this label has not been earned. That being said, if you care about the environment and have the goal of reducing your carbon footprint, you will be happy to learn that there really are environmentally responsible interior shutters available. You simply need to know where to look, and what to look for.
Qualities of Environmental Responsible Interior Shutters
When you start shopping for interior shutters, it is important that you know what qualities make them environmentally responsible. This way, you won’t be fooled by false labels or taken advantage of, when it comes to prices. A few qualities include:
- 100 percent engineered hardwood
- Non-toxic formaldehyde-free glue
- Water-based, nontoxic and low-VOC paint
- Finishes that exceed standards set by the Ozone Transport Commission and AQMD
- Products are recyclable
- Wood used is environmentally certified
Fair enough; you may be reading through this list and thinking that this is a pretty tall order to ask for, from a shutter manufacturer, but this is what we offer here at Danmer!
Choosing who to shop with, for your home shutters, is a huge decision. There are a lot of companies out there, but while the products may look similar on their sites, they very well may be quite different.
Well, if you are trying to pick a company, but can’t really tell the difference, when comparing products of one to the next, you should look at how long the company has been established, as well as the reputation they have. This will give you a good idea as to whether they are known for their quality products and customer service, or if people in your community have complained of a bad experience.
Why Danmer is the Recommended Place to Buy Home Shutters
There is a good chance that, if you tell a few different people that you are shopping for home shutters, they will point you in our direction. Since being founded in 1976, we have grown to be California’s largest shutter manufacturer.
Just to give you an idea of how many people trust us, we service more than 500 customers on a monthly basis. We are a company that has been around a long time, and we are certainly not going anywhere. We will be here to address concerns and provide products for your family, friends and future generations for a long time.
If you are adding shutters to your dining room, you may want to consider finishing off the look with crown molding. Quite often, it is the smallest detail in a room that makes the biggest impact. If you don’t believe this, try spilling a glass of merlot on a white carpet, and see if guests notice.
The window treatments will certainly get noticed and will definitely be appreciated, as your guests don’t have to deal with light shining in their eyes, but it is the small unexpected detail of the crown molding that will demand a second look.
Do I Really Need Crown Molding with My Shutters?
Fair enough, maybe you are ordering your shutters and are already overextending your budget; it certainly does not hurt to look at crown molding during your consultation with one of our designers. At least you will have an idea as to what it looks like, should you decide to add it at a later date.
The Thermalite crown molding that we have here at Danmer is available in an array of styles and sizes, so there is something to complement any space. If you are looking around and don’t feel as though your room offers a polished look, crown molding might be all that you need, to add a rich depth to the room.
The day has finally arrived, and you are about to finally open your café. All that’s left is to stock the inventory and add the finishing touches on the décor. Of course, the biggest obstacle is probably figuring out what to do with that big gorgeous window in the front of the building. Sure, the natural light is amazing, but there are going to be a few hours every day when the sun is going to blast through and make your customers pretty uncomfortable. With a window of this size, you may be tempted to just throw some curtains up, but they won’t block all the light of help control the temperature the way that window treatments will. The problem though is actually figuring out which window shutter design will look best.
Choosing the Right Window Shutter Design
You could look through samples and pick a window shutter design on your own, but you may end up choosing one based on what you personally like, and not the one that will look best in your space. Plus, you are going to need to have a window of that size measured professionally anyway, so you may as well let one of our design specialists here at Danmer come out and help you with your decision while they measure.
This way, they can advise you as to which styles will provide the most light control and show you samples. You may even want to have masterpiece shutters made with a café scene or a medley of drinks transposed on them. This picture becomes visible when the shutters are closed to double as a piece of art.
There is nothing worse than catching someone glancing in your windows. Many subdivisions have houses so close that you can practically see what is on a neighbor’s dinner table, or what they are watching on television. If this sounds like where you live, then you are fully aware how frustrating it can be to feel as though you can’t get any privacy. Even if you don’t physically catch someone peeking at you, you still know when you are being watched. A wooden shutter is just what you need.
Will a Wooden Shutter Go With Your Décor
Fair enough, you may be saying that a wooden shutter just is not going to complement your décor. After all, you didn’t spend a small fortune on those expensive curtains for nothing, right? Well, the great thing about buying quality shutters is that they fit perfectly, so they will provide you with all the privacy you need, however they can still be covered with curtains. You simply need to purchase a rod that gives you extra depth to compensate for the blinds, and then you can hang your curtains in front.
The whole purpose of a sunroom is to feel like you are outside without dealing with the bugs, right? Well, that and the fact that you can sit out there when it rains too! That being said, a sunroom can get hot incredibly fast, even on a mild day. In fact, it can become so hot that you don’t even want to sit out there, and certainly warmer than it would be if you sat outside and dealt with the bugs. Well, the simply solution is to simply add window coverings for light control.
Which Type of Window Coverings are Right for Your Sunroom?
Choosing window coverings for a sunroom is typically a lot harder than picking some for the rest of your home. Although there are a lot of styles to choose from, the two most important features is that they fit properly and that they provide superior light control.
Here at Danmer, we understand how important it is that these coverings complement your space and fit perfectly. Otherwise, you still have the bright and very hot sun shining through, which does nothing but make you even more frustrated that you wasted your money. For this reason, we provide a free consultation, so you can make sure that you get the right coverings for your space, and that the windows are measured properly to ensure a perfect fit.