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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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.

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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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