How to Select Bay Window Treatments for Any Room in the House

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Choosing window treatments can be a challenging and even frustrating exercise. It’s a big investment so you want to make the right decision, but you may not even know where to start. Bay windows are even trickier because you may want some privacy, but you also want to preserve the view. Here are some tips for choosing bay window treatments for any room of the house.

Consider Your Options

First you need to consider your options when it comes to not only color and style, but also type. Popular options for bay windows include shutters, blinds and shades. To choose you’ll have to consider your windows, which room they’re located in and your budget.

Shutters bring a refined look to the home and also provide lots of light control and insulation. Blinds are also an option if you want to be able to reveal the entire window at times. Danmer offers high-quality Basswood blinds or attractive faux wood blinds in a variety of colors and stains. An even more affordable option is shades. Shades roll up or can be pulled up with cords to more or less offer an unobstructed view. They also come in many different materials to choose from depending on whether you want to let in a lot or just a little light.

Think About Energy Efficiency

There are plenty of reasons to consider energy efficiency but the most important is probably cost. Over time, energy efficient window treatments will save you money on energy bills. Because they reduce the flow of air through windows and block unwanted light, window treatments help keep the indoor temperature comfortable and reduce the need for the heater and A/C.

Buy Local

With the American economy fighting its way back, you want to support local businesses. Many Americans are now making it a priority to buy products that are made in the USA, and window treatments shouldn’t be any different. Danmer manufactures all of its products right here at home and has been creating American jobs for over 35 years.

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Simple Window Treatment Tips for Large Windows

large windows - window coveringsLarge windows provide lots of light and usually a nice view. Having nice, large windows can open up a room and make you feel like you’re more a part of nature but they can also be a pain to cover. Without proper window treatments you’ll have a severe lack of privacy and the blinding sun can shine in whenever it wants; whether you’re watching TV with a glare or suffering through a hot day that your big window is making even hotter. Follow these simple tips for choosing and utilizing window treatments for large windows.

1. Choose proper window treatments for large windows. Some window treatments are better than others when it comes to covering larger windows. Vertical blinds for example work well and are an affordable option. They can be closed completely to block unwanted sun or to provide a little privacy. Vertical blinds can also be tilted open slightly to allow indirect sunlight in or pulled open all the way to provide an unhindered view.

Shutters are also a popular option for large windows. Choose custom shutters that will fit the window perfectly no matter what size or shape it is. Shutters installed on all windows in the room create a distinctive look that you’ll love for years to come.

2. Select energy efficient window treatments. You lose a lot of air through windows, especially large ones. Installing a large window in the room can make it much more difficult to regulate the temperature inside the room, unless of course you select energy efficient window treatments. Danmer’s Thermalite shutters are specially designed to insulate three times better than Danmer also offers blinds and shades that can deflect unwanted sunlight and restrict air flow which will lower your energy costs and save you money month after month.

3. Choose the color and style carefully. You may love that bright color or deep, rich stain, but when you get it on your large window it may be too much. Larger windows are usually best covered with neutral colors that flow with the rest of the room. You can match the color of the walls or choose an off-white color. Either way make sure to complement the existing décor because your large window treatments will be taking up a lot of wall space.

4. Buy American. With the recent turmoil in the U.S. economy and the awareness of our jobs being sent overseas, many Americans are making it a priority to buy American and window treatments are no different. Look for the “Made in the U.S.A” label before you make an investment in new window coverings.

5. Trust Danmer for large window treatments. One of the best tips is to let a Danmer design specialist help you select the best window treatments for your home. Danmer will not only help you make the right choice, we will also do all of the measuring and then custom make your window coverings in our U.S.-based factory. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re working with a professional company that has been in business for over 35 years and offers a comprehensive warranty on all products.

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Reasons Hanging a Wreath on Your Window Shades is NOT a Good Idea

brown shuttersThe holidays are coming which means yummy food, family and friends, and of course, holiday decorating. When it’s time to dig that box of decorations out of the attic and create a winter wonderland in your home; think twice about what you hang on your window treatments. Some people make the mistake of thinking they can hang their decorations anywhere because they are temporary, but adding a heavy decoration, like a wreath, to your window treatments could cause long term trouble.

Reason to Not Hang a Wreath on Your Window Treatments

The science behind shades and shutters is relatively precise. Danmer’s custom shutters, for example, are made with high quality frames, stiles and the patented Duraglide Louver Tension System that support the louvers and are backed by a comprehensive warranty. However, while the shutters are designed to support their own weight, it is not made to support the weight of a holiday wreath or any other object. If you attach a wreath to one of the louvers or to a window shade, it will throw off the weight distribution. This can cause the frames, stiles or tension system to not function properly and it may even cause lasting damage. Danmer’s custom shutters and shades are specially designed to last for years to come under normal conditions, but hanging a wreath from them compromises this guarantee.

How to Properly Hang a Wreath

Just because you shouldn’t hang a wreath on your window treatments doesn’t mean your holiday decorations are ruined. There are lots of great ways to safely hang a wreath inside or outside your home.

Door Hanger: You can purchase (or make) a door hanger for your wreath. The door hanger fits over the top of the door and hangs down with a wreath hook. This is a simple way to add a wreath to any door.

Ribbons/Cloth: Another fun way to hang a wreath is from a ribbon or strip of cloth. Attach the material to the back of the wreath and then attach the top to a hook or nail. Tie a bow at the top to hide the nail. This method is especially festive when used for outside wreaths when you hang one in each window with a thick red ribbon. Depending on the type of windows you have, you may be able to run it over the top window sash into the house.
You can also find special hooks, magnet and attachments online to hang your holiday wreath depending on where you want to hang it and what type of material is there. You can’t go wrong as long as you steer clear of your window treatments.

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How UltraLuxe Differs from Other Types of Shutters

ultraluxeIf you’re looking to add new shutters to your home, you should highly consider UltraLuxe Shutters from Danmer Custom Shutters. UltraLuxe Shutters are the best you can buy with industry leading technology and design.

High-Quality Materials and Design

The most noticeable difference between UltraLuxe custom shutters and other brands is the materials and design. These sturdy shutters are built from Premier Hardwood™ frames and stiles that are designed to last and fit your large and uniquely shaped openings without sagging or bowing over time. The louvers are none other than Danmer’s Thermalite™ louvers which are made from a non-toxic, synthetic material that is guaranteed to never peel, crack or warp. The louvers operate on the patented Duraglide Louver Tension system that ensures the louvers will never need to be adjusted or tightened. Thermalite louvers are also fashioned from a solid polymer, making them sturdier than the competition and more energy efficient. They insulate up to 3 times better than wood shutters which will save you money on energy bills.

Comprehensive Warranty

Because UltraLuxe custom shutters are made from the highest quality materials, Danmer feels confident enough to stand behind them with one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry. Owners enjoy a 10-year warranty on the painted finish, 25-year warranty on workmanship and labor, and a lifetime guarantee on all moving parts which includes the Duraglide louver tension system. The warranty is even transferrable to the next homeowner, thus increasing the value of your home.

Made in America

Another great reason to purchase UltraLuxe custom shutters is because they are made in America. Other shutters may be imported from foreign countries. Even companies that claim their products are “made in the U.S.A.”, may just be assembled in the U.S. but the parts are all made abroad. When you purchase custom shutters from Danmer, all parts are manufactured and assembled locally in California. Not only will you enjoy a high-quality product, you also get the satisfaction of knowing that your investment supports American jobs and your hard-earned dollars are staying here.

When you know all of the facts about the UltraLuxe custom shutters, the difference is clear. While some brands may look similar at first glance or have a cheaper price tag, they are likely to require repairs or need to be replaced completely. Invest in your home by investing in UltraLuxe shutters.

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Why UltraLuxe is the Right Decision for Your New Window Treatments

ultraluxeYou have a lot of options when it comes to new shutters for your home. Different materials, styles and companies are available; but this is an investment in your home and you want to choose wisely. If you go for the less expensive option, you could be faced with having to replace or repair them after just a few years. Opt for a less than reputable company and you could have problems with workmanship or customer service. You’ll have a quick and pleasant experience when you choose Danmer Custom Shutters and if you select the UltraLuxe shutters you will feel confident knowing you selected some of the highest quality shutters available. Find out why UltraLuxe shutters are the right decision for you.

UltraLuxe Shutters are Made from Premier Hardwood™ and Thermalite™ Louvers

Danmer joined the best of both worlds when creating the UltraLuxe shutters. The frames and stiles are built from Premier Hardwood and the louvers feature the high-tech Thermalite material. Thermalite louvers are made from a highly-durable, synthetic material that is guaranteed to not peel, chip, crack or warp.

UltraLuxe Shutters Feature the Patented Duraglide Louver Tension System

Inside and out UltraLuxe shutters are top-of-the-line. Danmer’s patented Duragline Louver Tension ensures the louvers will never need to be adjusted or tightened. You will always be able to open and close your shutters with ease, no matter how long you have them in your home.

UltraLuxe Shutters are Energy Efficient

Installing shutters with Thermalite louvers means that you’ll save money on heating and cooling costs for your home. Each louver is made from a non-toxic, synthetic, solid polymer that insulates up to 3 times better than wood. Better insulation means a more comfortable temperature inside your home and lower energy costs. You may even quality for a Federal Energy Tax Credit.

UltraLuxe Shutters Have an Excellent Warranty

A company can make lots of claims about their products, but it’s a lot different if the company guarantees it. Danmer guarantees the workmanship, labor parts and finish of the UltraLuxe shutter so you’ll be able to buy with confidence. Your UltraLuxe warranty is even transferrable if you sell the home.

• 10-year warranty on the painted finish
• 25-year warranty on workmanship and labor
• Lifetime guarantee on all moving parts, including the Duraglide louver tension system

UltraLuxe Shutters are Made in America

Last but certainly not least, UltraLuxe shutters are manufactured in the U.S.A. Unlike other companies who say their products are made in the U.S. but in reality they’re just assembled here; when you buy UltraLuxe shutters you’ll feel great knowing that every piece is made and assembled in the Danmer workshops in California. You get a great product and you support an American company. It’s clear that UltraLuxe shutters are the right choice for your home.

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3 Things You May Not Know About UltraLuxe Custom Shutters

ultraluxeHave you heard of Danmer’s UltraLuxe Custom Shutters? You may know that they are high quality, custom-made shutters manufactured in America, as all of Danmer’s products are, but do you know that makes them different? You may not be able to tell the difference just by looking at them, but the interworkings of these custom shutters truly make them some of the best shutters you can buy. Find out what makes them worthy of Danmer’s comprehensive warranty. Here are few things you may not know about the UltraLuxe custom shutters.

1. Combination of Premier Hardwood™ and Patented Thermalite™

The UltraLuxe custom shutters represent the perfect union of Danmer’s patented Thermalite louvers and Premier Hardwood frames and stiles. The hardwood frames and stiles provide sturdy, long-lasting support for the UltraLuxe shutters. Also, there are hundreds of frame options to choose from to fit any-sized or shaped window. The Thermalite louvers provide up to 3 times more insulation than wood which will help reduce heating and cooling costs. They’re also very durable and are guaranteed never to crack, peel or warp.

2. Patented Duraglide Louver Tension System

Danmer shutters come with the patented Duraglide Louver Tension System that ensures the louvers will never need to be adjusted or tightened. Once the shutters are installed, owners enjoy a lifetime warranty on all moving parts, including the louver tension system.

3. Non-Toxic, Water-Based Paint for Longer Lasting Finish

Danmer also uses top-of-the-line, non-toxic, water-based paint that is guaranteed not to chip, peel, yellow or crack. In fact the painted finish on the UltraLuxe shutters is backed by a10-year warranty so you know they’ll look like new for a very long time. The industry-leading warranty is even transferrable to the new owners if you ever sell your home.

From the high-tech design to the durable finish, UltraLuxe custom shutters are the top choice for homeowners across the country. Increase the value of your home and improve the look of your windows by investing in custom shutters today.

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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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10 Amazing Photos of Window Treatments for French Doors

French doors are a great addition to your home but window coverings can be tricky. Since the doors will need to be opened you need window treatments that can either be moved completely to the side or they need to be attached directly to the door.

Window treatments for French doors are best when custom made. Off-the-shelf options rarely fit properly or look the way you want them to look. Browse these 10 amazing photos of custom shutters for French doors to get some ideas of what to do in your home.french-doors1

1. With custom-made shutters, French doors can be covered to match existing windows in the room for a beautiful, unified look.

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Danmer’s handcrafted shutters can be attached directly to the door or it can be opened for an unobstructed view without having to open the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Custom shutters look great for windows and doors of any size or shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4. Create a statement in any room with classic, timeless custom shutters for French doors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. The sharp attention to detail and style is ensures that every window treatment fits perfectly. Shutters that are built into doors fit so snug that when closed they let in very little light, giving you privacy and helping with heating and cooling costs.

 

 

 

 

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6. If you have an entire wall full of windows, consider matching the window treatments on your French doors to the rest of the window coverings in the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7. Sliding shutters for French doors are installed on a track. They provide complete coverage when closed, and when you want to open the doors or enjoy a complete view simply slide the shutters to the side.

 

 

 

 

 

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8. Another option is bi-fold shutter doors. These can be folded to the side to reveal the doors. The only drawback is that you need to have enough floor space available for the doors to open up.

 

 

 

 

 

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9. These stunning shutters on both doors and windows allow in plenty of light when opened.

 

 

 

 

 

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10. If you want window treatments for French doors that will stand and look beautiful for years; it’s time to discover the Danmer difference. Schedule a no-obligation, in-home design consultation to find out more.

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Introducing UltraLuxe Custom Shutters

ultraluxeIf you’re in the market for interior shutters for your home’s windows, then you need to consider Danmer’s latest addition to their line of custom shutters: UltraLuxe custom shutters. Combining genuine Thermalite™ with Premier Hardwood™ (the highest grade hardwood available), UltraLuxe shutters is exclusively designed and built by Danmer and made locally in California. Learn more about this amazing product at http://www.danmer.com/products/shutters/ultraluxe.asp

UltraLuxe – Continuing the Danmer Difference

Danmer manufactures the finest custom shutters in the world. All of our shutters are covered by the most comprehensive warranty in the industry, a warranty that’s actually transferable to the next homeowner when you sell your home.

For over 35 years, Danmer’s custom shutters have been hand-crafted to exact specifications to fit any size, any shape, and any opening. This includes specialty shape shutters and shutters to fit your French doors, sliding doors, sliders of any kind, and even bi-fold doors.

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What are my Window Treatment Options for French Doors?

french door window treatmentsIf you have beautiful French doors in your home and you’re not quite sure how to cover them, you’re not alone. Window treatments for French doors can be a little challenging. It’s great to have something that will block out the light and provide a little privacy when you want it, but you also have to be able to move it completely to the side to open the door. The best answer is custom window treatments.

Custom window treatments can be designed to fit any size, shape or style French door. Here are some custom window treatment options for French doors.

Custom Shutters

A popular choice is custom shutters. There are two types of installation options. The first one is custom shutters that are designed to fit right onto a French door without interfering with the glass, handle or the door itself. French door shutters fit snug so that when they’re closed, very little light passes through. This is a great option for bedrooms or any other room where you want extra control over the light.

Bi-fold Shutters

The second option is bi-fold shutters that are not attached directly to the door. This choice is typically based on the look of the room and how much floor space is available around the door. When pushed open, the shutter panels swing out into the room and then fold flat against each other. This works well if you want to uncover the entire area, but it is necessary to have enough floor space around the doors

Blinds and Shades

Blinds and shades can also work for French doors. Either is a good option because they can be opened a little to provide some light or opened completely to reveal the entire door. When opened they do not take up much space so it’s a perfect choice for smaller rooms. At Danmer you can choose from a wide variety of blinds and shades in different colors and styles.

Whether you prefer shutters, blinds or shades; you can get high quality window coverings for French doors at Danmer. Danmer design specialists will measure everything precisely and then our highly skilled craftsmen will handcraft your window treatments to the perfect specifications so you can enjoy them for years to come.

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