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How To Help Black Out your Honolulu Windows

April 02, 2018

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

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

Which Window Treatments Block Light The Best?

Lots of Honolulu window treatments claim to block light, and you can basically divide them into three groups: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here’s how they stack up.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from coming in.

  • Operate easily depending on your needs.

  • Look stylish.

The window treatment that hits all these marks is Honolulu plantation shutters. When the louvers are closed, shutters create a kind of seal on your windows, blocking nearly all the light. Our patented Polywood shutters also come with built-in weatherstripping that fills in the gaps around your window frame, blocking even more light. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to warp or split, which can result in gaps in between the louvers and frame.

And unlike some chintzy DIY blackout solutions, shutters look stylish in your home. Rather than looking like some hardware, they’re as good looking as they are effective.

Another option belonging to 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 past your window opening. There can be some slight spaces around the edges of the window where light can peak inside. But for a window treatment that isn’t shutters, room darkening shades make the cut.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Bad

Here we have window treatments that don’t quite get the job done when it comes to blocking out light. Any kind of fabric window covering, from drapes to curtains, will allow some light in unless they’re both extremely dense and extend beyond the edges of your window.

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Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, because the slats on blinds don’t come together to block light. That means light is going to come in, even if it’s at a very slight angle.

Blackout Window Treatments – The Ugly

Search for “Honolulu window blackouts” in Google and you’re likely to find some DIY sheets made to hang in a window frame to block light. 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 work fairly well.

But the issues with those products are twofold. First off, they don’t look great. Most of these products give up style for effectiveness. 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 unstylish.

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Second, for being easy to install, cross your fingers that you won’t have to remove and put them back up often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off fairly quickly, which means you have to head back to the store for another one.

Let Sunburst Shutters Honolulu Help You See

To learn more about plantation shutters or other window treatments that can help you get the light control you need in your home, get in touch with your Honolulu shutter team. Use the form below or call us at 808-797-2004 today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation in your own house.