There are a few things to consider when looking at adding black out blinds to your Edmonton home. Blackout shades is a general term that is often used to refer to the opacity of the fabric used in a blind. If a fabric blocks out 100% of the sunlight, it is often referred to as blackout fabric, but this does not mean the blind will block out 100% of the sunlight.
Depending on the blinds used and the installation method, there is often a gap along the side of the blind that will result in light leak. For zebra shades, there will also be light leaks as a result of the space between the two layers of fabric. This means zebra blinds or banded shades will never achieve full blackout, despite using blackout fabric.
Blinds that use blackout fabric, but don’t block all the light due to leak issues, are referred to as room darkening blinds (instead of light filtering). Most people like to have blackout blinds in their bedrooms to help them sleep better. People also enjoy room darkening blinds for their TV rooms to prevent glare. The key to finding out the best solution for your room, is to know how much light is acceptable to be let through, depending on what the space is used for.