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How To Help Black Out your Raleigh Windows

April 02, 2018

There are a lot of reasons you may want to block light from coming through windows in Raleigh. Whether it’s from ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or normal 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 Raleigh homeowners block light through their windows.

Which Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

Lots of Raleigh window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, and you can basically divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take a look.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Good

The best window treatments to block light from your windows should do these things:

  • Effectively block light from pouring in.

  • Adjust easily based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look great.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Raleigh plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters form an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Our premier Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around your window frame, making them even more effective. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood will never split or crack, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

And unlike some bargain-bin DIY window blackout products, shutters look great in any space. Rather than looking like hardware, they’re as pretty as they are effective.

A second option for the “good” category is room-darkening cellular shades. These are made with thick and dense material to keep out most light, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some small gaps around the edges of the shade where light can peak into the room. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make a pretty good option.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

Here we have window treatments that don’t quite cut it when it comes to blacking out a window. Any fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, can let some light in unless they’re both very dense and extend beyond the perimeter of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, because the slats on blinds don’t lock into each other like shutter louvers do. That means you’re going to get light, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Raleigh window blackouts” online and you might find some do it yourself sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and stick to your frame with velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But the drawbacks with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t look great. The majority of these products sacrifice fashion for effectiveness. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking dull.

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Second, for being easy to install, you’d better hope that you won’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off fairly quickly, meaning another purchase and another installation – both of which can grow old quick.

Let Sunburst Shutters Raleigh Help You Control the Light

To learn more about indoor shutters or other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Raleigh shutter team. Complete the form below or call us at 919-887-9198 today to set up a free, in-home window treatment consultation.