How to Help Black Out your Detroit Windows

Steve Hill

There are several reasons you might want to control the light coming from your windows in Detroit. Say you need to block ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or regular sunlight, controlling the light coming from your windows is important for sleep and relaxation.

Detroit blackout shutters bedroom

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For those dreaming of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Detroit homeowners black out their windows.

What Window Treatments Black Out The Best?

Lots of Detroit window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, 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 block light from your windows should do a few things:

  • Effectively block light from coming in.

  • Operate easily depending on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look great.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Detroit plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters create an almost complete seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our premier Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps around the frame, making them even more effective. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood will never split or crack, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Detroit bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some chintzy DIY window blackout products, shutters look amazing in any room. Instead of looking like hardware, they’re as good looking as they are effective.

Another option belonging to the “good” category is light-blocking roller shades. These are made with thick and layered material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend past your window opening. There can be some small spaces around the edges of the window where light might seep inside. But for a non-shutter product, room darkening shades make the cut.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

Here we have window coverings that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blacking out a window. Any fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, will allow some light in unless they’re both incredibly dense and go beyond the perimeter of your window.

Detroit blackout shades bedroom
 
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, since the slats on blinds are always going to let slivers of light in. That means you’re going to get light, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Detroit window blackouts” in Google and you might find some do it yourself sheets that you can hang up in your window frame to completely black it out. Most of them are customizable to your window’s dimensions, and stick to your frame via velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But there are a few drawbacks with these products. First off, they’re kind of ugly. The majority of these products sacrifice style for effectiveness. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, do it in a place that you don’t mind looking kind of drab.

blackout curtain ugly

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Second, for being easy to install, cross your fingers that you won’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off pretty easily, meaning another purchase and another installation – both of which can grow old quick.

Let Sunburst Shutters Detroit Help You Control the Light

To learn more about interior shutters and other window treatments to help black out your windows, get in touch with your Detroit shutter team. Complete the form below or give us a call at 248-429-9294 today to schedule a free, no strings attached consultation.