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How To Help Black Out your Fort Lauderdale Windows

April 02, 2018

There are a lot of reasons you may want to control the light coming from your windows in Fort Lauderdale. Whether you want to dampen ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or normal sunlight, blacking out the light coming from your windows is necessary for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

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

What Window Coverings Control Light The Best?

Lots of Fort Lauderdale 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.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from coming in.

  • Operate easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Fort Lauderdale plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create a seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps around your window frame, blocking even more light. And unlike vinyl shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or bend, which can result in gaps that let light in.

And unlike some bargain-bin DIY blackout products, shutters look great in any space. Instead of looking like hardware, they’re as fashionable as they are functional.

A second option in the “good” category is room-darkening cellular shades. These are made with thick and dense material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend past your window opening. There can be some miniscule spaces around the edges of the shade where light might peak inside. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make the cut.

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 fabric window covering, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in unless they’re both extremely dense and go beyond the frame 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.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Fort Lauderdale window blackouts” on the internet and you might 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 adhere to the window frame via velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But the issues with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t exactly look good. Most of these products sacrifice style for function. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

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Second, for being easy to DIY, you’d better hope that you don’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off fairly quickly, which means another purchase and another installation.

Let Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To find out more about indoor shutters and other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Fort Lauderdale shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 561-440-8535 today to get a free, no strings attached consultation.