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How To Control Light From your Sacramento Windows

April 02, 2018

There are a lot of reasons you’d want to block light from coming through windows in Sacramento. Whether it’s from ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or normal sunlight, dampening the light from your windows is important for sleep and relaxation.

For those dreaming of better sleep, here are a few ways Sacramento homeowners can best control the light.

Which Window Treatments Control Light The Best?

Many Sacramento window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can basically divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s how they stack up.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from coming in.

  • Operate easily based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look good.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Sacramento plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create a seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps along the frame, blocking even more light. And unlike vinyl shutters, Polywood will never split or crack, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

And unlike some chintzy DIY window blackout products, shutters look beautiful in any space. Instead of looking like some hardware, they’re as pretty as they are effective.

Another option for the “good” category is room-darkening cellular 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 spaces around the edges of the window where light might peak inside. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

In the “bad” category are window treatments that don’t quite get the job done when it comes to blacking out a window. Any type of fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in unless they’re both extremely thick and go beyond the edges of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t get the job done, since 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 Controlling Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Sacramento window blackouts” on the internet and you might 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 size and shape, and stick to the window frame via 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 exactly look good. The majority of these products give up style for function. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, be 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 install, you’d better hope that you won’t have to remove and put them back up often. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off fairly easily, which puts you right where you started: needing to block light.

Let Sunburst Shutters Sacramento Help You Control the Light

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 Sacramento shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 916-665-0078 today to schedule a free, no strings attached consultation.