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How To Control Light From your St. George Windows

April 02, 2018

There are many reasons you may want to block light from coming through windows in St. George. Whether it’s from ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or normal sunlight, blacking out the light from your windows is necessary for sleep and relaxation.

For those dreaming of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help St. George homeowners block light through their windows.

What Window Coverings Control Light The Best?

A good amount of St. George 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. Take a look.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from pouring in.

  • Operate easily based on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look stylish.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is St. George plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters form an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Sunburst Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around the frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or split, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

And unlike some chintzy DIY blackout solutions, shutters look stylish in your home. Rather than looking like a piece of hardware, they’re as good looking as they are functional.

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

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

Here are window treatments that don’t quite cut it when it comes to blocking out light. Any type of fabric window covering, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in unless they’re both extremely dense and go past the perimeter of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, since the slats on blinds are always going to let slivers of light in. That means you’re going to get light, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “St. George window blackouts” on the internet and you’ll probably find some do it yourself sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window size and shape, and adhere to the window frame via velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But there are a few drawbacks with these products. First off, they’re kind of ugly. Most of these products give up style for function. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking kind of drab.

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Second, for being easy to do it yourself, you’d better hope that you don’t have to remove and put them back up often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off fairly quickly, which means you’ve got no choice but to try another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters St. George Help You Control the Light

To find out more about plantation shutters or other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your St. George shutter team. Fill out the form below or give us a call at 435-485-9332 today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.