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How To Help Black Out your Las Vegas Windows

April 02, 2018

There are several reasons you may want to block light from coming through windows in Las Vegas. Say you need to block ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or ordinary sunlight, blocking the light coming from your windows is important for relaxing and getting quality sleep.

For those looking to get better sleep, Sunburst is here to help Las Vegas homeowners control the light.

What Window Coverings Control Light The Best?

Many Las Vegas 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 Blocking Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively prevent light from entering.

  • Adjust easily depending on your preferences throughout the day.

  • Look good.

The window covering that hits all these marks is Las Vegas plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters form a seal on your windows, blocking almost all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that covers the gaps along the frame, blocking even more light. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or split, which can result in gaps that let light in.

And unlike some gaudy DIY window blackout products, shutters look great in any space. Rather than looking like a piece of hardware, they’re as fashionable as they are functional.

A second option for the “good” category is room-darkening cellular shades. These are made with thick and layered material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend to the edges of your window opening. There can be some miniscule spaces around the edges of the shade where light might seep in. But for something other than shutters, room darkening shades make the cut.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

In this category are 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.

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

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Las Vegas window blackouts” online 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 your frame via velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well.

But the drawbacks with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t exactly look good. The majority of these products give up style for function. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, be 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, you’d better hope that you don’t have to remove and put them back up much. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off pretty easily, which means you have to head back to the store for another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Las Vegas Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To learn more about interior shutters or other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Las Vegas shutter team. Complete the form below or give us a call at 702-850-6619 today to get a free, in-home window treatment consultation.