How to Control Light From your Gainesville Windows

Eric Ramsey

There are many reasons you may want to control the light coming from your windows in Gainesville. Say it’s from ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or ordinary sunlight, blacking out the light coming from your windows is necessary for a good night’s sleep.

Gainesville blackout shutters bedroom

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For those looking to get better sleep, here are a few ways Gainesville homeowners can best control the light.

What Window Coverings Black Out The Best?

A good amount of Gainesville window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can pretty easily divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s what you need to know.

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 depending on your needs.

  • Look stylish.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Gainesville plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters form an almost complete seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Our patented Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around your window frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood will never warp or split, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Gainesville bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some cheaper DIY window blackout products, shutters look great in any space. Instead of looking like a piece of hardware, they’re as good looking as they are functional.

A second option belonging to the “good” category is room-darkening roller 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 small gaps around the edges of the shade where light can seep into the room. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

Here 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, can let some light in if they aren’t both extremely thick and go beyond the perimeter of your window.

Gainesville blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t get the job done, because the slats on blinds don’t lock into each other like shutter louvers do. 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 “Gainesville window blackouts” online and you’ll probably find some easy to use DIY sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and stick to your frame with velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But there are a few drawbacks with these products. First off, they don’t look great. The majority of these products sacrifice fashion for effectiveness. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, 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 do it yourself, you might want to pray that you don’t have to remove and put them back up much. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off fairly quickly, which means another purchase and another installation.

Let Sunburst Shutters Gainesville Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To find out more about interior shutters and other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Gainesville shutter team. Use the form below or give us a call at 813-602-5966 today to get a free, no strings attached consultation.