How to Help Black Out your Hartford Windows

Holly Perron

There are several reasons you may want to block light from coming through windows in Hartford. Whether you need to block ambient street light, cars constantly driving down your street, or regular sunlight, blacking out the light from your windows is necessary for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

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For those looking to get better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Hartford homeowners black out their windows.

Which Window Treatments Control Light The Best?

Lots of Hartford window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can pretty easily divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take a look.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Good

The best window treatments to dim your windows should do a few things:

  • Effectively prevent light from coming in.

  • Operate easily based on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look great.

The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Hartford plantation shutters. When the louvers are completely shut, 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 covers the gaps along your window 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.

Hartford bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some cheaper DIY window blackout solutions, shutters look amazing 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 roller shades. These are made with thick and dense material to block a good amount of light, and extend to the edges of your window opening. There can be some small spaces around the edges of the window where light can peak into the room. But for a window treatment that isn’t shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category we have window treatments that don’t quite cut it when it comes to blocking out light. Any type of fabric window treatment, from drapes to curtains, will allow some light in unless they’re both very thick and go beyond the perimeter of your window.

Hartford blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so 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 “Hartford window blackouts” online and you might 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’s dimensions, and stick to the window frame via velcro or something similar. And for the most part, they do what they’re supposed to do.

But the drawbacks with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t exactly look good. Most of these products give up looks for function. So if you put in of these blackout sheets, do it in a place that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

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 that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off fairly easily, which means another purchase and another installation.

Let Sunburst Shutters Hartford Help You See

To find out more about interior shutters and other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Hartford shutter team. Complete the form below or give us a call at 860-266-5459 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.