How to Block Light From your Colorado Springs Windows04/02/2018Gary Harding There are a lot of reasons you’d want to block light from coming through windows in Colorado Springs. Whether you want to dampen ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or normal sunlight, blocking the light from your windows is necessary for a good night’s sleep. Image courtesy of Room Resolutions For those in dire need of better sleep, here are a few ways Colorado Springs homeowners can best control the light. What Window Coverings Control Light The Best? A good amount of Colorado Springs window treatments claim to darken a room for better sleep, 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 block light from your windows should do these things: Effectively prevent light from entering. Adjust easily based on your preferences throughout the day. Look fantastic. The window treatment that best fits all these criteria is Colorado Springs plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, shutters form a seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Our premier Polywood shutters even have built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps around your window frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike vinyl shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or bend, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame. And unlike some gaudy DIY window blackout products, shutters look great in any space. Instead of looking like some hardware, they’re as good looking as they are effective. Another option belonging to the “good” category is light-blocking cellular shades. These are made with thick and layered material to block out most of the sunlight, and extend beyond your window opening. There can be some miniscule spaces around the edges of the window where light may peak into the room. But for something other than shutters, light-blocking shades make the cut. Light Controlling Window Treatments – The Bad Here we have window treatments that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blacking out a window. Any kind of fabric window covering, from curtains to drapes, can let some light in if they aren’t both very thick and extend past the edges of your window. Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, because the slats on blinds don’t lock into each other like shutter louvers do. 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 “Colorado Springs 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 size and shape, and stick to the window frame with velcro or another adhesive. And for the most part, they work fairly well. But the issues with those products are twofold. First off, they’re kind of ugly. Many of these products sacrifice style for function. So if you choose to install some of these blackout sheets, make sure to do it in a place that you don’t mind looking kind of drab. Creative Commons by License Second, for being easy to do it yourself, you might want to pray 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, which means you have to head back to the store for another one. Let Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs Help You See To learn more about plantation shutters and other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Colorado Springs shutter team. Use the form below or give us a call at 303-625-6431 today to set up a free, in-home window treatment consultation.