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How To Help Black Out your Washington DC Windows

April 02, 2018

There are a lot of reasons you might want to block light from coming through windows in Washington DC. Whether you need to block ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or ordinary sunlight, controlling the light from your windows is necessary for a good night’s sleep.

For those in dire need of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Washington DC homeowners control the light.

Which Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

Many Washington DC window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, and you can pretty easily divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take a look.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

The best window treatments to block light from your windows should do a few things:

  • Effectively block light from entering.

  • Operate easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look good.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Washington DC plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters create a seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our premier Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around your window frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or split, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

And unlike some cheaper DIY blackout solutions, shutters look great in your home. Rather than looking like some hardware, they’re as fashionable as they are effective.

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 miniscule spaces around the edges of the shade where light may seep into the room. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make a pretty good option.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category we have window treatments 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 if they aren’t both very dense and go past the edges of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, because the slats on blinds don’t come together to block light. That means light is going to come in, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Washington DC window blackouts” on the internet and you might 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 stick to the window 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 exactly look good. The majority of these products give up looks for effectiveness. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a place that you don’t mind looking dull.

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Second, for being easy to do it yourself, cross your fingers that you won’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off fairly easily, which puts you right where you started: needing to block light.

Let Sunburst Shutters DC Help You See

To find out more about indoor shutters or other window treatments to help black out your windows, get in touch with your Washington DC shutter team. Fill out the form below or give us a call at 240-339-2588 today to get a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.