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How To Block Light From your Virginia Beach Windows

April 02, 2018

There are several reasons you may want to control the light coming from your windows in Virginia Beach. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or normal sunlight, blacking out the light coming from your windows is important for sleep and relaxation.

For those looking to get better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Virginia Beach homeowners control the light.

Which Window Coverings Black Out The Best?

A good amount of Virginia Beach 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 what you need to know.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from coming in.

  • Adjust easily based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look good.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Virginia Beach 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 even have built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps along your window frame, blocking even more light. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood will never warp or bend, which can result in gaps that let light in.

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

A second option in the “good” category is room-darkening cellular shades. These are made with thick and dense material to keep out most light, and extend past your window opening. There can be some small spaces around the edges of the window where light can peak in. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make for a good secondary choice.

Light Blocking 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 kind of fabric window covering, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in if they aren’t both incredibly dense and go beyond the perimeter of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t get the job done, 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 “Virginia Beach window blackouts” on the internet and you’ll probably find some do it yourself sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and adhere to your frame via velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But the issues with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t look great. The majority of these products give up looks for effectiveness. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, be sure to do it in a place that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

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Second, for being easy to do it yourself, you might want to pray that you don’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 means you’ve got no choice but to try another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To learn more about plantation shutters and other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Virginia Beach shutter team. Fill out the form below or give us a call at 757-210-6448 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.