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How To Control Light From your Gainesville Windows

April 02, 2018

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 normal sunlight, blacking out the light coming from your windows is necessary for a good night’s sleep.

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 black out your windows should do these things:

  • Effectively prevent light from entering.

  • Operate easily depending on your needs.

  • Look good.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Gainesville plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters form a 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.

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 pretty 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 keep out most light, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some small gaps around the edges of the shade where light might 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 kind of fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in if they aren’t both very thick and go beyond the frame of your window.

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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 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 stick to your frame with velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But the real problems with those products are twofold. First off, they’re kind of ugly. The majority of these products sacrifice fashion for effectiveness. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking kind of drab.

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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 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 indoor 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. Fill out the form below or give us a call at 813-602-5966 today to schedule a free, no strings attached consultation.