How to Help Black Out your Jacksonville Windows

Kevin McCormack

There are a lot of reasons you might want to block light from coming through windows in Jacksonville. Say it’s from ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or ordinary sunlight, controlling the light coming from your windows is important for sleep and relaxation.

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

What Window Coverings Block Light The Best?

Lots of Jacksonville 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 block light from your windows should do these things:

  • Effectively prevent light from pouring in.

  • Adjust easily based on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look fantastic.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is Jacksonville plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters form an almost complete seal on your windows, letting almost no light in. Our premier Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps along your window frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike hardware store shutters, Polywood will never split or crack, which can cause gaps in between the louvers and frame.

Jacksonville bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some cheaper DIY blackout solutions, shutters look beautiful in your home. Rather than looking like hardware, they’re as fashionable as they are functional.

Another option for 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 shade where light can seep inside. 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 coverings that don’t quite go the distance when it comes to blacking out a window. Any fabric window treatment, from curtains to drapes, will allow some light in if they aren’t both incredibly thick and extend past the frame of your window.

Jacksonville blackout shades bedroom
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t do quite so well, because 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 “Jacksonville window blackouts” online and you’ll probably find some easy to use DIY sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. Most of them are customizable to your window size and shape, and stick to the window frame via velcro or another adhesive. 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 looks for effectiveness. So if you get a few of these blackout sheets, do it in a spot that you don’t mind looking unstylish.

blackout curtain ugly

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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 much. The adhesive that keeps them adhered to the wall can wear off fairly easily, which means you’ve got no choice but to try another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville Help You Black Out Your Windows Better

To find out more about indoor shutters or other window treatments to block light, get in touch with your Jacksonville shutter team. Fill out the form below or call us at 904-289-1663 today to get a free, no strings attached consultation.