One of the primary functions of window coverings is to control the amount of sunlight coming into a room. This is important both for both protection and quality of life. The right window treatments will protect your interiors from damage from the sun’s UV rays. They’ll also help you enjoy the room more by reducing glare or completely blocking light if you need that. At The Shutter Guy, serving the Charleston SC area, we carry a wide variety of light-controlling window treatments.
Understanding Light Control Ratings
Many brands of window coverings have a system for rating how much light they block. Knowing window treatment ratings will make it easier for you to select right product to meet your light control requirements. Ratings are affected by the fabric choices. Multiple ratings indicate there are a number of options to select from in that product line. Hunter Douglas has created this light control key:
1 = Reduces glare, no privacy
2 = Softens light; moderate privacy
3 = Softens light, substantial privacy
4 = Diffuses light; complete privacy
5 = Blocks light, complete privacy
Window Direction and Light Control
Another consideration in choosing the right light controlling window treatment is the direction your windows face.
- North facing windows – tend to be cold, choose energy-efficient window treatments like honeycomb shades
- South facing windows – tend to be warm and strong year-round, choose light-diffusing window treatments like privacy sheers
- East facing windows – tend to have bright warm morning light, choose window treatments that block UV rays such as woven wood shades or roller shades.
- West facing windows – tend to have bright afternoons, choose light diffusing window coverings such as shutters or wood blinds.
Window Coverings in Charleston SC
Serving the greater Charleston area, the window treatment professionals at the Shutter Guy are trained to assist you in the selection of the right treatment for YOUR windows! Our knowledgeable and experienced staff knows how to ask the right questions to ensure your new window treatments exceed your expectations. Contact us to schedule a consultation, and be sure to check out our Calling Out Cancer program to see how a percentage of your purchase with us goes toward cancer support and research.