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How To Help Black Out your Indianapolis Windows

April 02, 2018

There are a lot of reasons you may want to control the light coming from your windows in Indianapolis. Whether you need to block ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or normal sunlight, dampening the light coming from your windows is important for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

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

What Window Treatments Block Light The Best?

Lots of Indianapolis 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 darken your windows should do a few things:

  • Effectively prevent light from entering.

  • Adjust easily based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look stylish.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Indianapolis plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create a seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps along your window frame, making them even more effective. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or split, which can cause gaps that let light in.

And unlike some cheaper DIY window blackout solutions, shutters look stylish in your home. Instead of looking like some hardware, they’re as pretty as they are effective.

A second option in the “good” category is light-blocking roller shades. These are made with thick and layered material to keep out most light, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some slight gaps around the edges of the shade where light might peak in. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make for a good secondary choice.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

Here we have window treatments that don’t quite cut it when it comes to blocking out light. Any fabric window treatment, from drapes to curtains, will allow some light in if they aren’t both very dense and extend past the edges of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, because 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.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Indianapolis window blackouts” on the internet and you might find some DIY sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and adhere to the window frame with velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But there are a few problems with these products. First off, they don’t look great. Many of these products give up looks for effectiveness. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, be sure to do it in an area that you don’t mind looking dull.

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Second, for being easy to install, you’d better hope that you won’t have to take them up and down much. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off fairly quickly, which puts you right where you started: needing to block light.

Let Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To find out more about plantation shutters and other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Indianapolis shutter team. Complete the form below or give us a call at 317-558-9066 today to get a free, no strings attached consultation.