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How To Control Light From your Denver Windows

April 02, 2018

There are a lot of reasons you may want to control the light coming from your windows in Denver. Say you need to block ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or normal sunlight, controlling the light from your windows is necessary for a good night’s sleep.

For those in dire need of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Denver homeowners black out their windows.

What Window Treatments Control Light The Best?

A good amount of Denver window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, and you can basically divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s what you need to know.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from entering.

  • Adjust easily depending on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look good.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Denver plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters create a kind of seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps along the frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to split or crack, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Denver bedroom with light block shutters

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

A second option in the “good” category is light-blocking roller shades. These are made with thick and layered material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some slight gaps around the edges of the window where light can seep into the room. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category we have window coverings that don’t quite get the job done when it comes to blacking out a window. Any type of fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, can let some light in if they aren’t both extremely thick and go past the frame of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, since the slats on blinds are always going to let slivers of light in. 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 “Denver window blackouts” online and you might find some easy to use DIY sheets that you hang in your window 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 the issues with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t exactly look good. Many of these products give up fashion 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 dull.

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Second, for being easy to do it yourself, you’d better hope that you won’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 puts you right where you started: needing to block light.

Let Sunburst Shutters Denver Help You See

To find out more about plantation shutters and other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Denver shutter team. Use the form below or give us a call at today to get a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.

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