How to Block Light From your Atlanta Windows

Dan Taylor

There are many reasons you might want to block light from coming through windows in Atlanta. Say you need to block 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.

Atlanta blackout shutters bedroom

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

What Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

Many Atlanta window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can basically divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s what you need to know.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from entering.

  • Operate easily based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look stylish.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Atlanta plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create a seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Sunburst Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around the frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood will never warp or bend, which can result in gaps that let light in.

Atlanta bedroom with light block shutters

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

Another option for 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 can seep inside. But for something other than shutters, room darkening shades make a pretty good option.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

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

Atlanta blackout shades bedroom
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 “Atlanta window blackouts” in Google and you’ll probably 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 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 put in of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a place that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

blackout curtain ugly

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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 See

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.