How to Help Black Out your Charlotte Windows04/02/2018Neil Blackwelder There are several reasons you’d 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 normal sunlight, dampening the light from your windows is important for sleep and relaxation. Image courtesy of Room Resolutions For those dreaming of 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 block light, and you can basically divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take a look. Blackout Window Treatments – The Good The best window treatments to black out your windows should do these things: Effectively block light from coming in. 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, blocking almost all the light. 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 chintzy DIY blackout products, shutters look great in your home. Instead of looking like some hardware, they’re as pretty 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 block out most of the sunlight, and extend past 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 a pretty good option. 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 kind of fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in if they aren’t both very thick and go past the frame of your window. Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare 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’re kind of ugly. The majority of these products give up fashion for effectiveness. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, be sure to do it in an area that you don’t mind looking kind of drab. Creative Commons by License Second, for being easy to do it yourself, 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 interior 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, no strings attached consultation.