How to Select Blinds for Sliding Glass Doors

blinds sliding glass doorsSliding glass doors are attractive and functional, but finding window coverings you like can be difficult. Since sliding doors will be opened and closed a lot, it is important to choose window treatments that can be moved completely out of the way. For this reason, blinds are an excellent choice. Here are some tips for selecting blinds for sliding glass doors.

Choosing the Right Style

Obviously one of the most important aspects of selecting blinds for your home is the color and style. From 100% basswood blinds to faux wood blinds that can be painted in a wide array of colors, Danmer has a lot to choose from. The most common type of blinds used for large areas such as sliding glass doors is vertical blinds. They are easy to open and close and when opened they take up very little space.

You’ll also have to consider color. Think about the colors already in the room and what kind of look you’re going for. Do you want the blinds to blend into the room so you choose a bright white or cream color? Or do you want to make a statement with a rich espresso or a deep cherry? Whatever look you’re going for, a Danmer design specialist can help. Just remember that you’ll likely want to match the blinds on your sliding glass door to the blinds on other windows in the room.

Only Select High-Quality Blinds

Another very important consideration is quality. There are many inexpensive options available for blinds, including off-the-shelf brands; however these options aren’t likely to last very long. Blinds have many working parts and if those pieces are not made from high-quality material, they will break quickly. Saving a little money initially is likely to cost you more money and more headaches down the road.

Blinds from Danmer are built on a durable roll-formed, heavy-duty steel headrail that provides long-term strength and stability. Even the cord lock containing a stainless steel wear guard with a crash-resistant safety feature locks the blinds automatically once the lift cords are released.

Consider Insulation Benefits

Save on heating and cooling bills with high-quality Danmer blinds. Covering large areas such as sliding glass doors helps to reduce airflow which keeps the indoor temperature comfortable. Blinds also help block direct sunrays that can really heat up a home at certain times of the day. The more you can regulate indoor temperature, the less you’ll have to spend on running the heater or A/C.

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Do You Think Shutters are All the Same? Think Again. Discover the Thermalite™ Difference

thermalite-shutters-9Many homeowners make the mistake of thinking that all shutters are the same. They see off the shelf versions at a good price and they think, “why not?” These must be just as good as any. Wrong.

Shutters are a permanent fixture in your home. They have many benefits, but only if you purchase high quality, handcrafted shutters that are designed to last. Danmer’s Thermalite shutters are made from 100% synthetic, long-lasting material that will last for years and years. In fact they’re covered by a 25 year warranty on workmanship and labor. Even the finish is covered for 10 years. You won’t find a warranty like that on the economy shutters.

Discover the benefits of custom Thermalite shutters and the Danmer difference.

Reduce Heating and Cooling Costs

Danmer’s Thermalite shutters improve energy efficiency by reducing the amount of air that flows through windows. They help keep warm air in when it’s cold outside and cool air in when the A/C is on. In fact, Thermalite shutters can reduce energy costs by up to 35%. Homeowners may even quality for a federal energy tax credit of up to $500 just by installing the Thermalite Shutter insulation system.

Eco-Friendly

Not only are Thermalite shutters budget-friendly, they’re also eco-friendly. In fact they are the must sustainable shutters in the industry. Made from 100% non –toxic polymer material, Thermalite shutters are flame retardant and water resistant. Their proprietary finishes are water based, environmentally safe and produce very low VOCs. In addition Thermalite is using less resources in production and doesn’t break down into toxic chemicals when they are disposed of.

Quality Workmanship

Danmer has been designing and building custom shutters for over 35 years and their custom Thermalite shutters are specially designed to last. They are made from a non-toxic, synthetic material that is guaranteed to not warp, crack, peel or yellow over time. The louvers are solid, as opposed to the hollow louvers in many competing brands making Thermalite shutters a long-lasting, durable option. Danmer guarantees it.

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Halloween Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors

Window treatments for sliding glass doorsThe temperature is dropping and the leaves are falling that can only mean one thing. It’s almost Halloween! One of the fun things about Halloween is decorating and this means sliding glass doors too. You put a lot of thought into your window coverings all year long but as the holidays come, starting with Halloween it’s time to get creative. Here are some great ideas for spookifying your sliding glass doors.

Swap out Window Treatments

For a fun look on the inside and outside of your home, consider swapping out window treatments for the holidays. It is inexpensive and simple to change out curtains and valances. For Halloween select black, orange or red fabric. Some will even have spooky designs like witches, ghosts and pumpkins. When Halloween is over, just box up the special curtains or valances and store with your other holiday decorations.

Window Decorations

If you don’t want to change out your window treatments, there are still plenty of fun things you can do to decorate. Check out local stores for fun removable stickers that will attach to sliding glass doors. Make spooky eyes in all front sliding glass doors so the home looks like a monster from the front. Black spider webs will add a scary feel as well, and is even better if you add a few spiders dangling from the webs. It’s not too hard to spook out your neighbors with some shadows that will make them wonder what is lurking inside. Put a scary figure, like a witch or zombie, inside near the door so when the lights are off it casts a life-like shadow.

You can even find window paint and get artistic. First sketch the design out on paper and then transfer the design onto your sliding glass door. Window paint is inexpensive and comes off easily when you’re done with it. Of course by the time you wash off the pumpkin, it will almost be time to start decorating for Thanksgiving!

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How to Reduce Your Home Energy Bills with Thermalite™ Shutters

With energy prices skyrocketing and everyone trying to save a few dollars, many homeowners are wondering how they can reduce heating and cooling costs. Luckily, the answer may be as simple as replacing your window coverings with Danmer custom shutters.

What are Thermalite Shutters?Thermalite shutters

Danmer’s Thermalite Shutters are proven to improve energy efficiency in the home and reduce energy costs by up to 35%. That’s a huge saving!

Thermalite Shutters are made from a special, non-toxic, synthetic material that insulates more than 3 times better than wood shutters. The louvers are solid, as opposed to the hollow louvers in many competing brands, and the shutter rails help to keep hot and cool air from passing through. Thermalite Shutters are also a long-lasting, durable option because they are guaranteed to not warp, crack, peel or yellow over time.

Reduce Energy Bills with Thermalite Shutters

Homeowners choose Thermalite Shutters for windows in the home because of the maximum insulation and timeless, classic look. Not only do they look beautiful on windows and doors throughout the home, they also keep the heat in when it’s wintertime and the cool air inside in the summer. You’ll find yourself turning to the thermostat less because the inside temperature will remain comfortable longer.

Thermalite Shutters also do a great job of blocking out strong sun rays which can wreak havoc on the A/C in the early morning and late afternoon hours.

Federal Tax Credit

The savings won’t stop with just the energy bills when homeowners install Thermalite Shutters. You may also qualify for a federal energy tax credit thanks to the federal government’s commitment to encouraging eco-friendly practices. Enjoy a tax credit of up to $500 just by installing the Thermalite Shutter insulation system.

As if the high quality craftsmanship and beautiful looks of Thermalite Shutters aren’t enough, when you add in the savings year after year on heating and cooling costs it becomes an easy decision. And since the lifetime warranty is transferable, you’ll add value to the home over time should you decide to sell.

Invest in Thermalite Shutters for your home today.

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Thermalite – The Green Choice in Custom Shutters

Thermalite - Eco-friendly window shuttersIt seems like everyone is trying to think green. From hybrid cars to organic produce; we are becoming more aware of our impact on the earth. But what about our choice in shutters? Is there a green option?

Danmer created custom Thermalite™ Shutters for homeowners looking to make a green choice. Not only do they look great, they also improve energy efficiency in the home and are made without using precious natural resources.

Energy Efficiency

Thermalite Shutters are the ultimate choice for energy efficiency. Thanks to the refined manufacturing process, these shutters insulate 3 times better than their wood counterparts and can reduce your home energy bills by up to 35%. Maximum insulation helps keep in the heat in the winter and the cool air when temperatures climb in the summer. Proper window coverings make it so that the heater and air conditioner don’t have to work as hard to keep the inside temperature comfortable. And of course the less electricity we use, the smaller our carbon footprint is.

Eco-Friendly

Even the material used to manufacture Thermalite Shutters is eco-friendly. The polymer material is non-toxic, water resistant, fire retardant and 100% synthetic which means that no natural resources are used to make them. The proprietary finishes are water based, environmentally safe, and produce very low VOCs.

A warranty may not seem like an eco-friendly addition, but with a 25 year warranty on workmanship and labor as well as a 10 year warranty on the painted finish, homeowners can feel confident knowing their shutters will last for a very long time. And because the material is so durable and can go for years without needing to be replaced this means less going to the landfills over time.

Locally Made

You buy locally grown produce. Why not locally made window coverings? The concept is the same. The less the materials have to travel, the fewer resources are used. Thermalite Shutters are made right here in the USA and have been for the last 35 years.

For years Danmer Custom Shutters has shown a commitment to the environment and environmentally responsible manufacturing. You’ll find shutters made from green building materials, engineered wood products, or recyclable building materials in factories that do their best to recycle over 75% of all waste. Danmer is the answer to choosing green options for custom shutters.

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Creative Window Treatment Ideas for Sliding Glass Doors

Window treatments for sliding glass doorsAre you looking for creative window treatment ideas for sliding glass doors? Sliding glass doors can be challenging because not only is there a large space to cover, it is also necessary to open the door from time to time so the window treatments must be removable in some way.

Danmer offers a wide selection of custom shutters, shades and blinds that are perfect for sliding glass doors of all sizes in any room of the house. Choose from different colors and styles to create a unique look.

Shutters

Shutters, especially custom shutters from Danmer offer lots of creative options for covering sliding glass doors. The first decision is how you want the shutters to open; either sliding or bi-fold. Sliding shutters work well if you only need to open the shutters part way. Bi-fold doors take up more floor space when opened, but they can be opened enough to reveal the entire sliding door and window.

Shades

Shades are excellent, cost effective window treatments for sliding glass doors and large windows. Roller shades are a popular choice if you’re looking to black out a room; like a bedroom for example. Shear shades are also available if you’re looking for added privacy as well as allowing light into a room. And because they roll up when not in use, you can always add a valance or curtains to give the window some more personality.

Woven shades are a less expensive, yet still creative option depending on the overall look of the room. These shades are typically made from bamboo or jute and they look great in a room that has a casual or even tropical look. Complement a room with a beachy feel and then complete the room with other beach décor for a room where you’ll love to relax and decompress.

Blinds

Blinds may seem boring at first, but there are lots of fun ways to spruce them up. First pick the color and material. Choose from wood, faux wood or synthetic materials, depending on how you want them to look in the room. You can even select horizontal or vertical styles. Vertical blinds work best on larger windows and sliding glass doors.

To make blinds a more meaningful part of your décor, don’t settle for the typical white or eggshell versions. Spice it up by choosing blinds in an accent color like red or blue. Or surround the window with other window treatments such as pulled back curtains. And for extra flare, consider blinds that come with a design on the louvers so when they’re closed it reveals an image.

The way to get creative with shutters is to allow Danmer to help you with the design. Danmer’s Masterpiece Shutters can be designed with a high quality photo or image printed directly on the shutters. Choose a palm tree with rolling waves in the distance or select one of your favorite works of art. Whatever creative idea you have for the shutters in your home, Danmer can help. For over 35 years Danmer Custom Shutters has provided unique and beautiful window coverings for homes all over California.

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10 Amazing Photos of Thermalite™ Shutters

Are you considering Thermalite Shutters? These revolutionary shutters are custom made, eco-friendly and stylish. Made from non-toxic, synthetic material, Thermalite Shutters insulate 3 times better than any shutters and can help lower your energy bills by 35%.

Of course, if you’re choosing shutters for your home, you have to take into consideration how they look and whether or not they will fit the windows in your home. Take a look at these amazing photos showing all of the ways Thermalite Shutters can look great in your home.

thermalite-shutters-1   1. Thermalite Shutters look great in any room from the living room and bedroom to the kitchen and entry way. These beautiful shutters add a touch of style and sophistication to any home.

 

 

 

 

thermalite-shutters-22. Thermalite Shutters can be custom made for any window in your home, no matter the size, shape or location. And adding shutters to all windows in a room creates a unifying look as well as maximum energy efficiency.

 

 

 

thermalite-shutters-33. Think you can’t cover those high, arched windows? Think again! Custom Thermalite Shutters can be made to fit any window which is especially important in the bedroom. Keep that bright morning sun from crashing in and waking you up with perfectly fitted shutters.

 

 

 

thermalite-shutters-44.  Thermalite Shutters look and feel exactly like wood. They will keep your house warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and will significantly reduce your home energy costs.

 

 

 

 

thermalite-shutters-55. Thermalite Shutters can even be installed on or over doors; from your french door to sliding glass doors and patio doors.

 

 

 

 

thermalite-shutters-66. Shutters for sliders are perfect for large openings and sliding glass doors. When opened they offer a completely unobstructed view and easy access. It is important to make sure there is enough floor space to open and close the shutters.

 

 

 

thermalite-shutters-77. The other option for adding shutters to large openings is bi-fold shutters. These shutters can be installed on a track and simply slide open when you want to see outside. This is a great option if you don’t want the shutters opening out into the room. They also fit right into the room, flush against the wall.

 

 

 

shutters28. There is no window that can’t be covered by Danmer custom shutters. Install Thermalite Shutters on any sized window including octagons, triangles and hexagons.

 

 

 

 

thermalite-shutters-99. Thermalite Shutters look great from the outside too. You’ll love the classic look it gives the home, as well as the eco-friendly benefits like lower heating and cooling bills.

 

 

 

 

thermalite-shutters-1010. Discover the Danmer difference with custom Thermalite Shutters. Thermalite Shutters are made from a durable, non-toxic material that does not chip, warp or fade. The high quality louvers and hardware ensure that these shutters will be a beautiful addition in the home for years to come.

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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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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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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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