How to Choose Between Shades, Blinds or Shutters

windowIt’s time for new window coverings – but which ones should you choose? Do you like the look of shutters? Maybe you like the simplicity of shades? Your choice will depend on the current look and feel of the room as well as your personal preference. Before you make a final decision, here are some things to keep in mind about the different options.

Shutters

Shutters are probably the most elegant choice when you’re adding window treatments to your décor. They give the room a sophisticated look, while providing maximum privacy and good light reduction. Shutters can be custom made for doors and windows of any size. The louvers can also be adjusted to change the amount and direction of light coming into the room.

Shutters come in wood or synthetic materials; both of which can be painted to match the color scheme in the room. More so than blinds and shades, shutters can provide excellent insulation, depending on the model you choose. Thermalite™ shutters from Danmer, for example, are made from solid, dense polymer foam and they insulate up to 3 times more than wood shutters. Better insulation means lower heating and cooling bills. These shutters may even qualify you for a federal tax credit.

Shades

There are many choices when it comes to shades. Roller shades are ones that may come to mind first. They can be purchased in a thick material which blacks out any light from coming through, a sheer material which limits UV rays but allows visibility, or somewhere in between. Honeycomb shades are a nice hybrid of blinds and shades. They have the look of blinds but because they are made from shade material they have a variety of light blocking options available. Woven shades are a less expensive option. These shades are usually made from bamboo or jute and they look great in a room that has a casual or even tropical look. Ultimately shades are a cost effective option with a wide variety of style and color options.

Blinds

Blinds are an excellent, functional option for most windows. Choose from wood, faux wood or synthetic materials, depending on the look of the room. Blinds offer a more refined look than shades, but at an affordable price. Because there are so many moving pieces and lift cords it is important to choose blinds made from the highest quality metal and polycarbonate components.

If you still aren’t sure which type of window treatment will work best in your home, consult a design specialist at Danmer. Set up a free consultation where the design specialist will help you make the right choice.

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Types of Eco-Friendly Window Treatments

Everyone is going green these days. Whether you’re trying to keep up with the latest trends or you have a deep concern for the environment and our responsibility to protect it, buying eco-friendly products is something everyone seems to be doing. You may think about it at the grocery store or when you buy a new car, but what about your window treatments? Can blinds, shades and shutters be eco-friendly? Absolutely!

If you’re researching eco-friendly window treatments, look for the following characteristics:

  • Recycled materials used for the window treatments and in the manufacturing process
  • Sustainable materials
  • Energy efficiency
  • Maximum insulation

Thermalite™ Shutters

Thermalite shutters from Danmer may be your best bet when you’re looking for eco-friendly window treatments. They are made from a synthetic material that looks and feels like wood without using precious natural resources. This material is 100% non-toxic, flame retardant and water resistant, making it not only Eco-friendly but also durable and long-lasting.

Thermalite shutters help the environment by being more energy efficient as well. In fact, they insulate 3 times more than wood which will help drive down your heating and cooling costs.

Wood Shutters

If you truly prefer the look of real wood shutters, don’t worry. You can find eco-friendly wood shutters as well made from Premier Hardwood that is sustainably harvested and environmentally certified. The areas this wood is harvested from are protected against over farming which can be very damaging to the environment and future tree growth.

Roller Shades

You can also find eco-friendly roller shades. Look for materials that are PVC-free and recyclable. Danmer carries SheerWeave fabrics that are eco-friendly but also offer superior light filtration and glare control. Not only do these roller shades look great in any room, they also help to conserve energy and preserve the temperature in the home.

It is easy to find effective, eco-friendly window treatments for your home. Just do a little research into the materials and workmanship before you buy. If you have any questions, contact a design specialist at Danmer today.

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3 Cool Things You Can Do with Automatic Window Shades

What happens with technology meets interior design? Automatic window shades can be practical and functional, but they can also be fun!

Automatic window shades are adjusted with the touch of a button. They are useful because shades can be adjusted even in hard to reach places, large shades are easily opened and closed and privacy can be attained quickly. These automatic shades are operated with remote controls, wall switches or even timers. Here are some cool things you can do with automatic window shades in your home.

1. Cover Window Arches – You know those beautiful arches in your windows? The ones way up high that give the room an elegant look. How annoying is it when the sun hits just the right spot and blinds you in your family room or heats up the whole room because you just can’t cover it? Installing automatic window shades on these hard to reach arches is the answer to your dilemma. Just flip a switch to open or close. It’s that easy!

2. Install Timers or Sun Sensors – Timers and sun sensors are a very cool addition to automatic shades. Timers are great if you know exactly when you want the shades opened or closed. For example maybe you want to keep people from being able to look in when you’re out of town or you like to sleep with the windows covered but you want the sun to shine in when your alarm goes off. Just set the timer and it will all happen automatically. Sun sensors are brilliant. Do you have a couch that suffers from overexposure? Protect your furniture and manage your heating/cooling costs by installing a sun sensor to pull the shades for you. You don’t even have to be home.

3. Get the app! – Believe it or not, some automatic window shades can be controlled from your smartphone. Just download the app and follow the instructions. No matter where you are you can open or close your window shades just by taping the screen.

If you don’t already have automatic window shades, you may want to consider an upgrade. They’re smart, practical and honestly, fun to play with. Whether you’re showing off your fancy windows or just trying to get some shut-eye, you’ll be glad that you installed window coverings that do what you want with the touch of a button.

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Can Shutters and Window Treatments Block Out Light?

S3. large_04-7145electing window coverings is an important decision. You obviously want them to look good and match the décor of the room, but they serve other purposes as well. In addition to blocking out noise, providing privacy, and reducing heating and cooling costs; some window coverings can also block out light.

Best Window Coverings for Blocking Out Light

When buying new window treatments one of the things to consider is how much light do you want to block out. When covering a kitchen window, for example, blocking light may not be a primary concern. However in bedrooms and rooms with a television, many look for options such as shutters that can quickly and easily block out sunlight and glare that can make it difficult to sleep or watch TV.

There are “black out” options that can keep all light from coming into a room. While effective, these window coverings are often not all that attractive and come in the form of thick, dark fabric that either adheres to the windows or hangs well beyond the window frame.

Blinds and curtains are able to block out some light, but the fabric used is often thin enough to allow a decent amount of light through, or the slats on the blinds are so small, lots of light is able to seep through the cracks.

Shutters are a great option if you’re looking for stylish window coverings that provide the ability to block quite a bit of light. They will not “black out” a room, but they fit snug in the window frame and when the slats are closed very little light is able to shine through. It is more than enough coverage to keep the glare off the TV or the bright sun rays from disturbing a peaceful slumber.

Danmer makes custom shutters to perfectly fit any door or window in your home. They’re a perfect choice if you want attractive, yet practical window coverings to block out light.

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Window Shades Are Practical and Affordable

When shopping for a window treatment that is both practical and affordable, many homeowners feel they are limited to a small selection. Window shades are an elegant, yet reasonably priced window treatment that are available in a wide selection of styles and color choices. Window shades can be made with several natural materials including bamboo, grass, and jute. You can select from a number of styles including standard Roman shades, waterfall Roman shades, arch top shades, ring drapery panels and more to suit your personal style as well as your home décor.

Window Shades with Automatic Controls

Do prefer to add ease to control your window shades? Have a fully integrated system installed with your shades to control them in groups or individual. Choose from the use of a remote control, watch switches, 24 hour timer, sun sensor and others.

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Choose High Quality Window Treatments

Many homeowners make the mistake of continually buying cheap, low quality window treatments. Low quality window treatments tend to fail quickly, fade, and generally make a room look rundown. Rather than continually waste your money on cheap metal blinds and flimsy curtains, search out a sturdy window treatment built to be long lasting like plantation shutters.

Shutters Make the Perfect Window Treatments

Plantation shutters made of hardwood or synthetic materials are an excellent choice in window treatments due to their longevity and polished look. Shutters also tend to be easier to clean, as some synthetic varieties have an anti-static quality to repel dust. You will also find that shutters a superior choice for blocking out light for those who prefer a relatively dark room for sleeping or television viewing. As shutters need to be custom made to fit snugly in the windows of your home, choose a shutter company that’s a designer, manufacturer, and installer all in one to save time and money.

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Sun Control Roller Window Shades for Your Enclosed Porch

If you have an enclosed porch or sunroom, it is likely one of your favorite spaces in the house. It gets you close to being outside, but without having to deal with the bees, mosquitoes and other pests. Not to mention, you can enjoy it even when it is raining, snowing or super windy out.

 

The problem is that there are times during the day that the room likely gets unbearably hot from the sun beating in. Not only is this uncomfortable, it fades your furniture. Sun control roller window shades can help protect your furniture while also making the room more comfortable.

Why Our Sun Control Roller Window Shades are so Special

The sun control roller window shades we have here at Danmer are perfect for any room in your home, including the sunroom. Special fabric is used to reduce glare, diffuse light and help to control interior temperatures. Not to mention, since they block out UV rays, they help to keep your furniture looking new longer.

We only use the highest quality fabrics paired up with your choice of a motorized or chain operated clutch control. Schedule a free consultation today and allow one of our experts to help you choose which fabric is right for your needs and space.

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Impress Your In-laws with Masterpiece Window Shades

If you are like many others, you probably try and try, but never seem to be able to do anything to impress your in-laws. Sure, maybe they are polite to you,  and they might even like you, but you can’t shake that feeling that they look down on you a little, right? If this sounds like you, one sure way of forcing them to look at you in a different light is by having Masterpiece window shades made.

What are Masterpiece Window Shades?

You can add the most exquisite art pieces to your home and not make an impression at all. If you really want to stop guests in their tracks, you will want to make an appointment for free consultation for Masterpiece window shades.

These unique shades open like any other shades do, but when they are closed, all you see is a picture on them. You can have any picture transposed to them, or you can always have  a picture engraved as well. This element of surprise very well may cause them to look at you just a little differently.

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Types of Fabrics Used for Our Sun Control Roller Window Treatments

When most people start shopping for sun control roller shades, they have no idea that they are made in such a vast array of fabrics. When you decide you want these window treatments, you will need to be prepared to make some big decisions. Requesting a free consultation with one of our skilled designers will help.

Choosing the Right Fabric for Your Window Treatments

These types of window treatments diffuse light, control interior temperatures reduce glare and help to keep your furnishings from fading from the sun. Below is an overview of the quality fabrics used here at Danmer.

  • Blackout – These filter out every bit of light and offer a maximum level of privacy. They are ideal for home theaters, nurseries, bedrooms and conference rooms.
  • Green – If you are looking for an environmentally friendly option, we have PVC-free solar shades that are 100 percent recyclable.
  • Solar Screen – These do not block out all the light; they filter it so they offer protection while still allowing an outside view.
  • Microban – Ideal for bathrooms, doctor and dentist offices and spas, these SheerWeave fabrics inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew, all known for leaving behind stains.
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Keep Your Home Cooler this Summer with the Right Window Coverings

If it seems as though summer temperatures seem to be abnormally hot this year nearly everywhere, it is because they are. This means that your home is also hotter and if you have air conditioning, it is working overtime. Of course, this amounts to increased energy usage and higher bills. It may be hard to believe that something as simple as window coverings could make such a monumental difference, but they can!

How Window Coverings Help

First, it is important to understand that not all window coverings are going to help keep your home cooler and your energy bill lower. They need to be quality and they must fit properly. What good are shutters if they are an inch too small and the light blasts through on the sides anyway?

It also does not hurt to make sure that the covers you choose are designed to be energy efficient and block out the most light. By requesting a free consultation, one of our professionals here at Danmer can go over your options, explain the benefits and help you choose a style that works best for your space.

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