How to Help Black Out your St. George Windows

Kasey Udy

There are several 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 a good night’s sleep.

St. George blackout shutters bedroom

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For those looking to get better sleep, Sunburst is here to help St. George homeowners black out 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. Here’s what you need to know.

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 the louvers are closed, shutters form an almost complete seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Our patented 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.

St. George bedroom with light block shutters

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

Another 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 spaces around the edges of the shade where light might seep inside. But for something other than 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 very dense and go past the frame of your window.

St. George blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, 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.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “St. George window blackouts” on the internet 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 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. Many of these products give up style for function. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking kind of drab.

blackout curtain ugly

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Second, for being easy to DIY, 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.