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How To Help Black Out your San Antonio Windows

April 02, 2018

There are many reasons you might want to block light from coming through windows in San Antonio. Say you need to block ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or ordinary sunlight, blacking out the light from your windows is important for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

For those dreaming of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help San Antonio homeowners black out their windows.

What Window Treatments Block Light The Best?

Many San Antonio window treatments claim to block light, and you can pretty easily divide them into three groups: 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 block light from coming in.

  • Adjust easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look stylish.

The window covering that hits all these marks is San Antonio plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create a kind of seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Our premier Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps around the frame, making them even more effective. And unlike hardware store 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 any room. Rather than looking like hardware, they’re as pretty as they are effective.

A second option belonging to the “good” category is room-darkening 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 spaces around the edges of the window where light may peak in. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make a pretty good option.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

In the “bad” category we have window coverings that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blacking out a window. Any fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in if they aren’t both very dense and extend past 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 Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “San Antonio window blackouts” on the internet and you’re likely to 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 stick to the window frame via velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But there are a few drawbacks with these products. First off, they don’t exactly look good. The majority of these products give up looks for function. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, 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 remove and put them back up often. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off pretty quickly, which means another purchase and another installation.

Let Sunburst Shutters San Antonio Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To learn more about custom shutters and other window treatments to help black out your windows, get in touch with your San Antonio shutter team. Fill out the form below or call us at 210-876-0377 today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.