How to Control Light From your New York City Windows

Dennis Rooney

There are many reasons you might want to block light from coming through windows in New York City. Say you need to block ambient street light, constant traffic going by, or ordinary sunlight, blacking out the light from your windows is important for sleep and relaxation.

New York City blackout shutters bedroom

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For those in dire need of better sleep, Sunburst is here to help New York City homeowners block light through their windows.

Which Window Treatments Block Light The Best?

Many New York City window treatments claim to help black out your windows, and you can basically divide them into three categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Take a look.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Good

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

  • Effectively block light from pouring in.

  • Operate easily based on your needs throughout the day.

  • Look good.

The window covering that best fits all these criteria is New York City plantation shutters. When you shut the slats, 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 around the frame, so very little light enters your home. And unlike cheaper shutters, Polywood is guaranteed to split or crack, which can cause gaps that let light in.

New York City bedroom with light block shutters

And unlike some bargain-bin DIY blackout products, shutters look beautiful in your home. Instead of looking like hardware, they’re as pretty as they are effective.

A second option in the “good” category is room-darkening cellular shades. These are made with thick and layered material to block a good amount of light, and extend to the edges of your window opening. There can be some slight gaps around the edges of the shade where light might peak in. But for something other than shutters, room darkening shades make a pretty good option.

Light Blocking Window Treatments – The Bad

Here we have 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 if they aren’t both incredibly thick and go beyond the frame of your window.

New York City blackout shades bedroom
 
Even heavy-duty blinds don’t fare well, because the slats on blinds don’t lock into each other like shutter louvers do. 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 “New York City window blackouts” online and you’re likely to find some 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 do what they’re supposed to do.

But there are a few problems with these products. First off, they’re kind of ugly. The majority of these products sacrifice style for function. So if you choose to install some 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 won’t have to take them up and down often. The adhesive or velcro that attach them to the wall can wear off fairly quickly, meaning another purchase and another installation – both of which can grow old quick.

Let Sunburst Shutters New York Help You Control the Light

To find out more about custom shutters and other window treatments to help black out your windows, get in touch with your New York City shutter team. Use the form below or give us a call at 631-246-3930 today to schedule a free, no strings attached consultation.