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Window coverings can effectively block out the sun or provide your home or office a total blackout when you need it.

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Window coverings can effectively block out the sun or provide

your home or office a total blackout when you need it. The

type of material or fabric you use for the setup will determine

how much black you can get. You have to consider the

various elements that will help make your windows truly

functional. You can successfully block out the sun and other

external elements by following a few simple rules and

guidelines when designing.

Keeping UV Out

UVA and UVB rays can be very dangerous if the skin is

exposed to it frequently or for long periods. You can get the

right SPF just by correctly designing your window covering. If

you want to achieve SPF 15, you have to invest in full

draperies, pulled fully to the side with a tie back or hung over

straight panels located at the window side. These are very

effective, since these do not interfere with the sunlight that

filter through the windows. These can also cause the

furnishings to be exposed to damage constantly every day.

SPF 30 Protection

If you want to achieve SPF 30, you have to design a sheer

draper panel or blind to the window treatment to get more

sun protection and privacy. Hang the sheer on a sole top-

mount track that can easily be pushed to the side or even

hidden behind drapery panels when not needed. If you like to

add the look of fabric blinds independently, sheer louvers are

also very useful. These are flexible products that help

manage light exposure and boost energy efficiency.

You can also get adhesive sun protection that can be applied

by a professional to the interiors of windows, giving you 99%

protection from UV rays and about 80% protection from solar

heat. You will then get less energy use. Darker films will of

course, give you added protection. Clear models of curtain

ideas using good solid curtain fabrics created by some

manufacturers can give you the same advantages without

having to change the look of the windows.

For Very Hot Days

Some areas or angles of the house or building may require

additional sun protection. You can effectively block out the

sun or get SPF 60 by hanging draperies or blackout curtains

which are completely closable or fully functional. You can

protect the interiors from damage when you are not in the

house for an entire weekend, day or vacation. If you do not

stay in your house very long, you can invest heavily in

draperies and leave these closed once you exit daily.

Shutters and wooden slat blinds are also useful in giving almost

complete sun block when closed. The louvers can be fixed

upward to redirect or deflect sunshine away from your

furnishings. When thinking about blackout blinds a blind

factory that produces romans or soft fabric blinds and

matchstick or bamboo blinds also offer complete protection.

Getting the View

You can still achieve a complete blackout if you want to sleep in

during the day and have the view you've always wanted if

you have great windows and doors that feature beautiful

backgrounds and landscapes. You can design honeycomb

shades that can pull up very tightly. Wood blinds are very

bulky and should be used strategically or you risk blocking

your view together with the light. Bay windows are very easy

to cover since these have no sheetrock in between. You can

choose the covering over your choice for these.

Duette blackout blinds: