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How To Help Black Out your New Brunswick Windows

April 02, 2018

There are several 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.

For those dreaming of 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.

Light Blocking 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 you shut the slats, shutters form a kind of seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. 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 hardware store shutters, Polywood will never split or crack, which can cause gaps that let light in.

And unlike some cheaper DIY window blackout solutions, shutters look beautiful in any space. Rather than looking like hardware, they’re as pretty 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 block out most of the sunlight, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some small gaps around the edges of the window where light might seep inside. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Light Blocking 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 very thick and go past the perimeter of your window.

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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.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “New Brunswick window blackouts” on the internet and you’re likely to 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 drawbacks with these products. First off, they don’t look great. The majority of these products give up looks for effectiveness. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking kind of drab.

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Second, for being easy to DIY, you’d better hope 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 to help black out your windows, get in touch with your New Brunswick shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 732-301-6168 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.