How to Control Light From your New Brunswick Windows

Mike Horn

There are many reasons you’d want to control the light coming from your windows in New Brunswick. Whether you want to dampen ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or ordinary sunlight, dampening the light from your windows is necessary for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

New Brunswick blackout shutters bedroom

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For those looking to get better sleep, Sunburst is here to help New Brunswick homeowners block light through their windows.

What Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

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

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from pouring in.

  • Operate easily based on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is New Brunswick plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, shutters form a kind of seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Sunburst Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps along your window frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood will never split or crack, which can cause gaps that let light in.

New Brunswick bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some cheaper DIY window blackout solutions, shutters look beautiful in any room. Rather than looking like some hardware, they’re as good looking as they are functional.

Another option belonging to the “good” category is room-darkening roller shades. These are made with thick and dense material to keep out most light, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some small gaps around the edges of the window where light can seep in. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

Here we have window treatments that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blacking out a window. Any type of fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, will allow some light in if they aren’t both extremely thick and go past the perimeter of your window.

New Brunswick blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, because 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.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “New Brunswick window blackouts” online and you’ll probably find some DIY sheets that you hang in your window to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and stick to your frame with velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But there are a few problems with these products. First off, they don’t look great. The majority of these products give up looks for effectiveness. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking dull.

blackout curtain ugly

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

Let Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick Help You Control the Light

To learn more about custom shutters and other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your New Brunswick shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 732-301-6168 today to get a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.