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How To Block Light From your Atlanta Windows

April 02, 2018

There are several reasons you might want to block light from coming through windows in Atlanta. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or normal sunlight, dampening 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 Atlanta homeowners can best control the light.

What Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

Many Atlanta window treatments claim to block light, 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 dim your windows should do these things:

  • Effectively prevent light from entering.

  • Operate easily based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look good.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Atlanta plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create a seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Sunburst Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around the frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood will never warp or bend, which can result in gaps that let light in.

And unlike some gaudy DIY window blackout solutions, shutters look great in any room. Instead of looking like hardware, they’re as pretty as they are effective.

Another option in the “good” category is room-darkening roller shades. These are made with thick and dense material to block a good amount of light, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some slight gaps around the edges of the window where light might seep inside. But for a window treatment that isn’t shutters, room darkening shades make for a good secondary choice.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category are window treatments that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blocking out light. Any type of fabric window treatment, from drapes to curtains, can let some light in unless they’re both incredibly thick and extend beyond the frame 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.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Atlanta window blackouts” in Google and you’re likely to 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 adhere to the window frame with velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But there are a few issues with these products. First off, they don’t exactly look good. Most of these products give up looks for function. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, do it in a place that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

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Second, for being easy to DIY, cross your fingers that you won’t have to remove and put them back up much. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off pretty easily, meaning another purchase and another installation – both of which can grow old quick.

Let Sunburst Shutters Atlanta Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To find out more about custom shutters and other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Atlanta shutter team. Complete the form below or call us at 404-962-8517 today to set up a free, in-home window treatment consultation.