Using Shutters with Curtains – How to Guide

Shutters with curtainsLooking for great ideas that use both shutters and curtains for window coverings? Both shutters and curtains have their own, unique benefits and when you put them together you can create a beautiful, elegant look that complements your décor.

Reasons for Using Shutters with Curtains

There are a couple different reasons for covering windows with both shutters and curtains. Using both options gives you lots of versatility. For example, you could open the curtains but keep the shutters closed for privacy. Another reason for installing both shutters and curtains is the double benefit they provide. Curtains may match your décor, but they don’t keep out the light. And everything that shutters do, like keep heating and cooling costs down and blocking the light and noise, curtains help by providing an extra layer.

Shutters and Curtains – Creating the Perfect Look

Danmer can help you add custom-made shutters and curtains in your home to perfectly match the look of any room. Consider the many options.

Long flowing curtains look great over windows that have shutters. Choose similar colors for a uniform look, or pick contrasting colors to create a bold, modern look. Often shutters are painted white or they are made with stained wood. Either option looks great with a beautiful blue, orange, or yellow curtain.

Café shutters also go well with curtains. If you want some privacy, but still want to enjoy the view from the window, install shutters on the lower half of the window. The curtains will provide the extra covering for those times when you aren’t enjoying the view.

The combination of curtains and shutters works really well in bedrooms where many people want it to be as dark as possible. Black out window coverings aren’t usually as stylish, but combining shutters, which really block out the light, along with thicker curtains provides an even darker room while still maintaining the look you want.

Danmer can help you create a truly unique look that you will enjoy for years to come.

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Shutters can Qualify You for an Energy Credit!

You May Quality for a $500 Federal Tax CreditAre you hoping to get some perks from your new shutters? If you’re considering interior shutters. for your home, you may be wondering if this investment will qualify for an energy tax credit. It is important to know that not all shutters qualify – but some do. Make sure you check before you buy.

Federal Energy Tax Credit

Tax credits are often a great incentive for making upgrades to your home. In an effort to encourage homeowners to invest in energy efficient products, Congress enacted the Federal Consumer Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency. The Taxpayer Relief Act extended these tax credits into 2013 (and are also retroactive for 2012). Depending on the shutters you select, you may be eligible for a tax credit of 10% of the cost of the shutter system, up to a maximum credit of $500. Not only will you save money on heating and cooling costs for your home, you’ll get a little extra cash back at tax time too!

Danmer Custom Thermalite™ Shutters

Not all shutters meet the strict requirements for the federal energy tax credit, but Danmer is proud to offer the Thermalite™ Shutter Insulating System which does qualify under the guidelines set forth by the IRS and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

Thermalite™ synthetic shutters look and feel just like wood, but thanks to their innovative design and materials they are water resistant, fire retardant, and they insulate significantly better than wood. This shutter system will increase the energy efficiency in your home by reducing heat loss or gain through the windows. Thermalite™ shutters will keep your house warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer thanks to the extra insulation.

Also, Thermalite™ shutters are made from polymer foam, which is a solid, non-toxic, synthetic material. Because Danmer uses this 100% synthetic, man-made recycled material, no natural resources are destroyed in the manufacturing process. These shutters are “green” as well as energy efficient.

You’ll also love the look and practicality of this shutter system. It looks and feels like wood, has a painted finish so it won’t yellow like the other synthetics on the market, and is guaranteed not to crack, warp, peel or yellow. There’s also warranty on workmanship, labor, and parts.

You’ll feel good about investing in Thermalite™ shutters. Not only will you save money on heating and cooling costs, you’ll also enjoy a smaller carbon footprint and a bigger tax return.

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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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Mistakes People Make when Choosing Shutters

Thermalite Bay WindowShutters can be a great investment. First they add a classic, attractive look to any home. Interior shutters also block out light and noise, provide privacy and can reduce heating and cooling costs considerably.

But not all home shutters are the same. If you’re planning to install new shutters in your home, be careful to avoid these common mistakes people make when choosing shutters.

Common Mistakes Made with Choosing Shutters

Choosing cheap, low-quality shutters. As with anything, you get what you pay for. Selecting shutters that are made with inferior materials or workmanship just to save a few dollars is likely to cost you more money and create more headaches in the future. Custom-made shutters with high-quality material such as Basswood or PHD (Premier Hardwood) come with 100’s of framing options, finishes and color matching.

Buying from non-reputable companies. It’s easy to jump at the low priced offer you saw online, but do your homework first. It is important to go with a trustworthy shutter company that has already proven itself in the marketplace. Look for reviews online and talk to past customers to find out if the shutter company you are considering is known for quality materials, skilled workmanship, and timely delivery. Danmer, for example, has been around for over 35 years with hundreds of satisfied customers who can speak to their professionalism and quality.

Not considering all options. Maybe the neighbor’s new blinds look great, but that does not necessarily mean that they’re the right choice for you. There are many things to consider such as whether or not you want to be able to block out the sunlight and how easy they are to clean. Curtains, shades, blinds and shutters all have pros and cons that should be weighed before an investment is made.

Not having the shutters installed properly. Sure a general handyman can do a lot of different things, but don’t think that just anyone can install shutters properly. In fact, improper installation is one of the main causes of shutter problems. Make sure to have your shutters installed right, the first time, to prevent future headaches.

New shutters can be a great addition to your home and an important investment. You can trust Danmer Custom Shutters to design, build, and install high-quality shutters that you will enjoy in your home for many, many years.

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When to Invest in New Shutters

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Is it time to invest in new shutters? Maybe you have old shutters that aren’t looking and functioning as well as you’d like. Or maybe you have other window coverings and are considering an upgrade to attractive, energy efficient shutters. Either way, now may be a great time to invest in new shutters for your home.

Shutters add beauty, style and sophistication to any room. Shutters are practical too! Not only do they fit tightly in the window frame effectively blocking out unwanted light and noise, shutters also insulate windows better than other window coverings helping to reduce heating and cooling costs. Depending on the shutter company you choose, the purchase may even qualify for an energy efficient federal tax credit.

When to Invest in New Shutters

Many of us don’t consider window coverings often, so if you’re spending time thinking about whether or not they should be replaced – they probably should. Here’s what to look for.

Warped, Yellowing or Cracked Slats – When shutters become warped they let in light, noise, air and keep the shutters from functioning properly. Yellowing and cracked slats are also a sign that the shutters need to be replaced.

Broken Pieces – Is the tilt rod broken? Has a slat fallen off? Or worse, is the entire piece coming away from the hinges? If any piece of your shutters isn’t functioning properly it could cause problems and the window frame. It’s definitely time to consider new shutters.

Dull, Chipped, or Fading Paint – If you purchased shutters without a warranty on things like paint, you may be faced with dismal looking shutters. This can affect the look of the whole room. Time for a face lift.

Shutters Buying Guide

When it’s time to buy new shutters for your home, there are quite a few options. You can choose from a variety of styles, materials, colors and finishes. Danmer custom shutters are durable and easy to clean. They won’t warp, crack, split or peel – guaranteed. And because they’re custom made for your home, your shutters will be designed to fit any shaped window or door. Choose from a variety of materials to make sure you get the right shutters for your home.

Wood Shutters – Danmer offers wood shutters made from the highest grade premier hardwood available in various stains, colors, and color matching.

Thermalite™ Shutters – Thermalite™ shutters are energy efficient, insulating up to 3 times better than wood shutters. They’re also made of environmentally safe non-toxic material that’s flame retardant and water resistant. If you want a green, environmentally friendly option, consider the Thermalite™ Shutter Insulating System.

Engraved Shutters – Engraved Shutters are unique to only you.  They are custom-made to fit your décor and your specifications by engraving the image from art or a photograph into the shutter louvers.

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The Difference Between Interior and Exterior Shutters

You know you need window coverings, but which ones should you choose? There are a lot of different options. If you like the look of shutters, you may be wondering, what is the difference between interior and exterior shutters?

Interior Shutters

Interior shutters are installed on the inside of the window frame. They swing inward to allow access to the window, or to let light and air into the room. Most interior shutters have operable louvers that allow light in without opening the entire shutter. They can be made from painted or stained wood or other synthetic materials. Because they are inside the home and already protected from the elements, they do not need to be quite as rugged and sturdy as exterior shutters that must contend with wind, rain, and sun.

Exterior Shutters

Exterior shutters are attached to the outside of the window frame, at the side, top or bottom, depending on how you want to open the shutters. Exterior shutters can be made from wood that is known to be able to handle strong weather conditions, or synthetic materials such as PVC or fiberglass. There are also exterior shutters specifically designed for very harsh weather conditions like hurricanes.

Which Shutters Should You Choose?

There are a couple different things to consider when choosing between interior and exterior shutters.

Purpose – If your primary concern is protection from severe weather and the elements; exterior shutters will be your best option. However for all other purposes – privacy, blocking noise or light, reducing heating and cooling costs –interior shutters will be able to do the job.

Décor  - If you want a custom look and something to match existing décor within your home, custom interior shutters are the best option. If you want to add some element to the outside of your home both interior or exterior shutters can add a nice touch.

Danmer makes custom shutters to perfectly fit any door or window in your home. Schedule an appointment today to find out how shutters can transform the look of your home.

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Can You Use Shutters on Patio Doors?

Many homeowners like the look of interior shutters, but they aren’t sure if shutters can be installed on patio doors. The answer is: yes! In fact, custom shutters and window coverings from Danmer can be installed on any door or window, no matter what size.

Benefits of Shutters on Patio Doors

Installing shutters on your patio doors is a great investment and brings along with it many benefits from attractive interior design to making the home more comfortable.

Décor – Complete the look of any room or entryway with beautiful shutters. They can match the color of the interior walls and door frame or select a bold, accent color for a dramatic look. Shutters look stylish and inviting in any home.

Privacy – It’s not always preferable to have someone walk up to your patio and be able to see right into your home. Shutters can be closed completely so that no one is able to see through them, providing privacy when you want it.

Blocks Light – Not only can you keep people from looking in, you can also keep light from peering in. Shutters fit tightly and block almost all light from coming in.

Noise Reduction – Shutters also block out unwanted noise. Whether you live near a busy street, school or business, installing stutters on doors and windows can make a big difference.

Choosing Custom Shutters for Patio Doors

While it can be easy to install shutters on patio doors, it may not be easy to find them premade at your local hardware store. Most doors are narrower and longer than typical premade shutters so it is best to have them custom made. Custom shutters will match the door and the look of your home perfectly.

Don’t let your doors feel left out. Install custom-made interior shutters on patio doors, front doors and windows. Danmer Custom Shutters can help you design practical, affordable, and stylish shutters for your home.

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Insulate Your Home and Save Money with Shutters

Kitchen ShuttersDid you know that the average U.S. household spends $986 each year just to stay warm? Heating and cooling costs can eat away at a family budget, but there are some easy ways to cut this cost considerably. Installing window shutters reduce these costs and provide some other great benefits as well.

How do Shutters Insulate?

You probably don’t think that much about your window coverings during the day, but the technology behind shutters is actually quite impressive. First of all, shutters are thick and they fit tightly within the window frame. This helps to block light, sound, and airflow.

The most insulating shutters available are made from polymer foam. Danmer has developed its own line of polymer foam shutters called Thermalite ™. Thermalite™ is a solid, non-toxic, synthetic material.  Because Thermalite™ is 100% synthetic, no natural resources are destroyed in the manufacturing process.  Additionally, Thermalite™ is water resistant, fire retardant, and insulates more than three times greater than wood.

Benefits of Insulated Shutters

There are so many reasons to invest in quality shutters for your home.

Save money – Did you know that you can lose nearly 30% of heat through your windows? Don’t make your heater or air conditioner work overtime. Insulated shutters will keep the air out and heating and cooling costs down.

Block light/Privacy – Shutters keep out light and the prying eyes of anyone passing by.

Noise reduction – If you live near a busy street, school, or business the noise that is constantly floating in your home can be quite a nuisance. Insulated shutters can help block the noise, while adding a decorative touch to your home.

Decoration – Speaking of a decorative touch, window coverings are an excellent way to change up the look of a room or add the finishing touches to your décor. Choose wood or neutral colors that will complement the room or choose a bold color that will make your beautiful windows the focal point of the room.

Whether you want to help out your air conditioner on a hot day or block the constant hum of traffic outside your windows, consider installing window shutters today.

 

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June 22-23, 2013- Danmer Custom Shutters at Santa Clarita Street Fair

Santa Clarita Street Fair

Danmer Custom Shutters at Santa Clarita Street Fair

Danmer will be showcasing hand-crafted custom shutters the weekend of June 22– 23, 2013 at the Santa Clarita Street Fair. The event is open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 8am to 3pm on Sunday.

Hosting a wide array of vendors offering arts and crafts, handmade items as well as brand new merchandise; the Santa Clarita Street Fair is an event for the whole family. They even feature gourmet food trucks on Saturday from 11am to 3pm and 12:30pm to 3pm on Sunday.

Stop by the Danmer booth and discover the beauty custom-made shutters can add to 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. To learn more, call 888-651-2154.

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5 Tips for Decorating with Shutters [GALLERY]

If you’re thinking about redecorating your home’s interior with shutters, here are some things to consider.

5 Tips for Decorating with Shutters

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1) Be sure to consider the color of the room you’re getting shutters in.

You don’t want clashing colors.

 

2) Always consider existing cabinets and fixtures.

You don’t want your shutters to disrupt your existing accents.

 

3) Make sure you have room to open your shutters.

You don’t want to limit functionality.

 

4) Don’t forget about your doors.

They have windows too.

 

5) Don’t limit yourself to traditional shaped windows.

Shutters can improve function and beauty for all window shapes and sizes.

 

 

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