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How To Control Light From your Clearwater Windows

April 02, 2018

There are several reasons you’d want to block light from coming through windows in Clearwater. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or normal sunlight, blocking the light coming from your windows is important for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

For those looking to get better sleep, here are a few ways Clearwater homeowners can best black out their windows.

What Window Treatments Block Light The Best?

Many Clearwater window treatments claim to block light, and you can basically divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s how they stack up.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from coming in.

  • Operate easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Clearwater plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters create an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps along your window frame, blocking even more light. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or bend, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

And unlike some gaudy DIY window blackout products, shutters look beautiful in your home. Rather than looking like a piece of hardware, they’re as fashionable as they are functional.

A second 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 beyond your window opening. There can be some slight spaces around the edges of the window where light can peak in. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make a pretty good option.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

In the “bad” category are window treatments 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, will allow some light in if they aren’t both very dense and go past the perimeter of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t get the job done, since the slats on blinds don’t come together to block light. That means you’re going to get light, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Clearwater window blackouts” online and you might find some do it yourself sheets that you can hang up in your window frame to completely black it out. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and adhere to your frame via velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But the real problems with those products are twofold. First off, they’re kind of ugly. Most of these products give up style for effectiveness. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, be sure to do it in an area that you don’t mind looking kind of drab.

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Second, for being easy to do it yourself, you might want to pray that you won’t have to take them up and down much. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off fairly easily, which means another purchase and another installation.

Let Sunburst Shutters Clearwater Help You See

To find out more about interior shutters or other window treatments to help black out your windows, get in touch with your Clearwater shutter team. Complete the form below or call us at 813-580-7288 today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.