How to Help Black Out your Austin Windows04/02/2018Tyler Jorgensen There are several reasons you’d want to control the light coming from your windows in Austin. Say you need to block ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or ordinary sunlight, controlling the light coming from your windows is necessary for sleep and relaxation. Image courtesy of Room Resolutions For those dreaming of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Austin homeowners black out their windows. What Window Treatments Control Light The Best? Many Austin window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can pretty easily divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take a look. Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good The best window treatments to darken your windows should do these things: Effectively prevent light from entering. Adjust easily based on your preferences throughout the day. Look stylish. The window covering that hits all these marks is Austin plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps along the frame, making them even more effective. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or bend, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame. And unlike some chintzy DIY window blackout products, shutters look stylish in any room. Instead of looking like hardware, they’re as pretty as they are functional. Another option for the “good” category is light-blocking cellular 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 small gaps around the edges of the shade where light can seep into the room. But for a non-shutter product, light-blocking shades make for a good secondary choice. Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad In the “bad” category are window coverings that don’t quite cut it when it comes to blacking out a window. Any type of fabric window covering, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in unless they’re both extremely dense and go past the frame of your window. Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so 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 Controlling Window Treatments – The Ugly Search for “Austin window blackouts” in Google and you’ll probably find some easy to use DIY sheets that you hang in your window to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window size and shape, and stick to the window frame with velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well. But there are a few drawbacks with these products. First off, they don’t look great. Many of these products give up style for effectiveness. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, do it in a place that you don’t mind looking kind of drab. Creative Commons by License Second, for being easy to do it yourself, you’d better hope that you won’t have to remove and put them back up much. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off pretty easily, which means you’ve got no choice but to try another one. Let Sunburst Shutters Austin Help You Black Out Your Windows Better To find out more about plantation shutters or other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Austin shutter team. Complete the form below or give us a call at 512-549-6077 today to schedule a free, in-home window treatment consultation.