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How To Block Light From your Dallas Windows

April 02, 2018

There are many reasons you may want to block light from coming through windows in Dallas. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or regular sunlight, blocking the light coming from your windows is necessary for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

For those dreaming of better sleep, here are a few ways Dallas homeowners can best block light through their windows.

What Window Coverings Black Out The Best?

Many Dallas 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.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from pouring in.

  • Operate easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look great.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Dallas plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters create an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps around your window 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.

And unlike some cheaper 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 in the “good” category is light-blocking cellular shades. These are made with thick and layered material to keep out most light, and extend to the edges of your window opening. There can be some miniscule gaps around the edges of the window where light might seep in. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category are window coverings that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blacking out a window. Any kind of fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, can let some light in unless they’re both incredibly thick 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 light is going to come in, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Dallas window blackouts” on the internet and you might 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 stick to your frame via velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But the issues with those products are twofold. First off, they’re kind of ugly. Most of these products sacrifice fashion for function. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a place that you don’t mind looking dull.

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Second, for being easy to install, cross your fingers that you won’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off pretty quickly, meaning another purchase and another installation – both of which can grow old quick.

Let Sunburst Shutters Dallas Help You Control the Light

To find out more about custom shutters or other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Dallas shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 214-301-5066 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.