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How To Help Black Out your Charlotte Windows

April 02, 2018

There are many reasons you might want to block light from coming through windows in Charlotte. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or ordinary sunlight, dampening the light from your windows is important for a good night’s sleep.

For those looking to get better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Charlotte homeowners control the light.

What Window Coverings Control Light The Best?

A good amount of Charlotte window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can basically divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s what you need to know.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

The best window treatments to dim your windows should do these things:

  • Effectively block light from entering.

  • Operate easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look stylish.

The window treatment that hits all these marks is Charlotte plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create a kind of seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Our premier Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around the frame, making them even more effective. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or bend, which can cause gaps that let light in.

And unlike some bargain-bin DIY blackout products, shutters look great in your home. Instead of looking like some hardware, they’re as good looking as they are effective.

Another option belonging to the “good” category is light-blocking cellular shades. These are made with thick and layered material to keep out most light, and extend to the edges of your window opening. There can be some small gaps around the edges of the shade where light may peak into the room. But for a window treatment that isn’t shutters, light-blocking shades make for a good secondary choice.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category are window coverings that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blacking out a window. Any type of fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in if they aren’t both very thick and go past the perimeter of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, because the slats on blinds are always going to let slivers of light in. That means light is going to come in, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Charlotte window blackouts” on the internet and you’ll probably find some easy to use DIY sheets that you hang in your window to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window size and shape, and adhere to the window frame with velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But the real problems with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t look great. The majority of these products give up style for effectiveness. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, be sure to do it in a place that you don’t mind looking dull.

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Second, for being easy to DIY, you’d better hope that you don’t have to remove and put them back up much. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off fairly easily, which means you have to head back to the store for another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Charlotte Help You See

To learn more about indoor shutters and other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Charlotte shutter team. Complete the form below or call us at 980-231-1116 today to set up a free, in-home window treatment consultation.