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

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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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Top 10 Benefits of Shutters

If you are looking into new window coverings to replace those old, dusty drapes or broken blinds, consider having some dependable, beautiful shutters installed. This article discusses the top ten benefits of shutters, so you can be sure to make the right decision for your home or office!

1. Attractiveness

The right shutters will come with a patented finish so that the color won’t fade over time, making them the ideal permanent replacement for those dated curtains. They don’t go out of style, and their clean, neat appearance will always keep up with the trends. Due to their ability to raise the overall aesthetic attractiveness of the room, shutters are actually known to increase the value of your home. The attractiveness of shutters, combined with their dependable nature, ensure that you will not need to replace them, unlike the other temporary options that are available. When you also take into account their versatility – they look great indoors and outdoors! – the choice becomes clear. Select them in an array of colors to match your home or office and say goodbye to your window treatment worries!

2. Controlling the Temperature of your Home

Shutters made of a material called Thermalite will actually help to regulate interior temperatures in your home. In the winter, your new set of Thermalite shutters will actually function to keep your house warmer by inhibiting cold drafts from entering the room. Similarly, in the heat of summer, they’ll keep the sunshine from penetrating the room and raising the temperature – so you don’t have to spend a fortune on air conditioning any longer!

3. Keeping the Sunlight Out

Are you tired of rays of sunshine filling your room with light in the early hours of the morning? Shutters have the cure! Get the rest you deserve by closing your shutters at night; you’ll love how your bedroom stays dark and cool, even when the sun is hanging high in the sky. You can use your shutters in order to keep the sunlight out in varying degrees, depending upon the angle at which you set them. In fact, more light stays out with shutters than with any other window treatment option, so you can finally get the rest and relaxation you need to start the day off right.

4. Allergy Control

Shutters are easier to clean than heavy drapes or delicate curtains, so spring cleaning suddenly isn’t such an imposition. Just a quick swipe and they look brand new, whereas other types of window coverings are actually a magnet for the dust into your home.

5. Saving you Money

When you have the right shutters, you will be able to keep your energy bills low because shutters work as an insulation shield, preventing cold drafts or uncomfortable heat from entering your home. By helping to regulate the temperature of the room, you won’t have to crank up the heater or air conditioning to feel comfortable. Additionally, shutters are not as expensive as some other window treatments, so they won’t cost you a fortune to buy or install.

6. They are Built to Last

Shutters are built to last much longer than any other window coverings, so you don’t have to deal with the headache of replacing window treatments for years to come. If you purchase from a reputable company and they are installed correctly, shutters are durable enough to last as long as your home is standing!

7. Increase your Privacy

You should feel comfortable in the privacy of your own home. Broken blinds, sheer curtains, and other window options allow your home to be easily visible from the outside, so privacy becomes nearly impossible to achieve. Shutters offer a great deal of privacy, and you can be the judge of how private your home is by adjusting the tilt of the shutters to your liking.

8. Ease of Access

Shutters are easy for anyone, even the little ones, to open and close with no trouble at all. Other types of window coverings can be tricky and annoying, requiring confusing drawstrings, heavy ties, or other awkward mechanisms just to open and close them.

9. Size

It doesn’t matter what size your window is, custom shutters can be ordered to fit any dimensions, any shape. The best custom shutters are customized to fit your window perfectly, accenting your home and providing that special touch you’re looking for.

10. No Strings Attached – Literally

Shutters do not come with any strings attached! Window treatments that require pulling and tugging of strings in order to let the light in can put a surprising burden on your day-to-day life. Strings can get tangled and become unsightly, and if used improperly, the window treatment can easily break. Loose strings hanging low can also pose a hazard for children and pets in your household, so be sure to keep a watchful eye on those annoying strings if you decide not to opt for the simple, durable, and always beautiful shutters.

As you can see, shutters are an excellent option if you are considering new window treatments. From their ability to save you money and keep you comfortable, to their ease of use and everlasting aesthetic appeal, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful custom shutters.

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2013 Summer Blinds and Interior Color Trends

Summer is Coming

A wise homeowner would do well to take the signs of summer’s approach as an opportunity to get ahead of the heat and start decorating one’s home to reflect the change in temperature and mood. Those beautiful deep, rich, dark colors of winter should go away during summer weather. Darker colors attract heat, making it nearly impossible to turn a room comfortable and cool. This doesn’t mean, however, that summer colors must be bland.

On the contrary! The latest trend in summer colors are bright and beautiful greens. Splashes of vibrant greens can accent softer whites and beige décor, while providing a continuous bold display of color for your home during the summer months.

But color alone can’t keep you cool. If the goal is to be cool using 2013 summer color trends AND to stay cool, then you should consider colorful sun-beating options for your home’s interior. Here are some things to keep in mind for the summer of 2013.

A Summer of Color and Comfort

This summer is expected to be a celebration of bright, bold color. Splashes of green on bedspreads, rugs and even curtains can transform your home into an ideal summer getaway. Changing out window blinds can also add to your summer theme. Lightly colored blinds can blend well with the greens of the upcoming summer and provide added protection from the sun.

Other Accents to Consider for Your Blinds this Summer

Along with this year’s vibrant green as a preferred summer color, other outdoorsy accents are also being used. Bamboo, oak, reed and other earthy, woodsy accented blinds work well with most spring and summer accents and provide effective refuge from the sun on a hot summer’s day. These styles of blinds are a popular choice due to their durability and flexibility with other seasonal colors.

Customize Your Cool with Custom Blinds

One thing to keep in mind is that not all blinds will work for all windows. Even if you can find the ideal summer blinds to match your summer colors, if they don’t optimally block the sun’s rays, then you’re all fashion and no form. Custom blinds have become a trend with home owners as they can better match your home’s interior as well work better with the shape and form of your windows. Store-bought blinds can only provide so much sun blockage and style. So if you’re looking to t up the cool of your home’s interior this summer, consider custom window blinds.

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Get a jump on your home’s summer interior now.

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