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How To Block Light From your Fort Myers Windows

April 02, 2018

There are several reasons you might want to control the light coming from your windows in Fort Myers. Say you want to dampen ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or normal sunlight, dampening 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 Myers homeowners block light through their windows.

What Window Treatments Block Light The Best?

Many Fort Myers window treatments claim to block light, and you can pretty easily divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s how they stack up.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from entering.

  • Adjust easily based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Fort Myers plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters create an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Sunburst Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps along your window frame, making them even more effective. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or split, which can cause gaps that let light in.

And unlike some gaudy DIY window blackout products, shutters look great in your home. Instead of looking like some hardware, they’re as fashionable as they are functional.

A second option belonging to the “good” category is light-blocking cellular shades. These are made with thick and dense material to keep out most light, and extend to the edges of your window opening. There can be some slight spaces around the edges of the shade where light may seep in. But for a non-shutter product, light-blocking shades make a pretty good option.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad

In the “bad” category we have window treatments that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blocking out light. Any kind of fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in unless they’re both very thick and extend past the edges of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare 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.

Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Fort Myers window blackouts” on the internet and you’ll probably find some easy to use DIY sheets that you can hang up in your window frame to completely black it out. Most of them are customizable to your window size and shape, and stick to the window frame with velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But there are a few issues with these products. First off, they’re kind of ugly. The majority of these products give up looks for effectiveness. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, be sure to do it in a place that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

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Second, for being easy to install, 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 fairly quickly, which means you’ve got no choice but to try another one.

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

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 Fort Myers shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 239-208-6577 today to schedule a free, in-home window treatment consultation.