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How To Control Light From your Destin Windows

April 02, 2018

There are a lot of reasons you may want to block light from coming through windows in Destin. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or normal sunlight, blacking out the light coming from your windows is necessary for sleep and relaxation.

For those dreaming of better sleep, here are a few ways Destin homeowners can best black out their windows.

Which Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

A good amount of Destin window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, and you can pretty easily divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take a look.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from coming in.

  • Operate easily depending on your preferences.

  • Look stylish.

The window treatment that hits all these marks is Destin plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters form a kind of seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our premier Polywood shutters even have 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 split or crack, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

And unlike some chintzy DIY window blackout products, shutters look beautiful in any room. Rather than looking like a piece of hardware, they’re as fashionable as they are effective.

Another option belonging to the “good” category is light-blocking roller shades. These are made with thick and dense material to keep out most light, and extend past your window opening. There can be some slight spaces around the edges of the window where light may seep into the room. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make the cut.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category are window coverings that don’t quite cut it when it comes to blacking out a window. Any type of fabric window covering, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in unless they’re both incredibly thick and extend beyond the frame of your window.

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

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Destin window blackouts” in Google and you might find some DIY 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 your frame via velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But the drawbacks with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t exactly look good. Many of these products sacrifice style for function. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, be sure to do it in an area that you don’t mind looking kind of drab.

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Second, for being easy to install, you’d better hope that you don’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off pretty easily, which means you’ve got no choice but to try another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Destin Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To learn 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 Destin shutter team. Use the form below or give us a call at 850-203-0419 today to schedule a free, no strings attached consultation.