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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Philadelphia, PA

March 07, 2016

French doors ,better known as patio doors, are hinged with glass panels. They might be a doorway to the deck, yard, or balcony. And the beauty of French doors lies in the light - and lightness - they lend your house.

The same glass panels that make French doors so alluring can be a dilemma for Philadelphia homeowners. What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Philadelphia area? How can you cover a French door with a charming window treatment without sacrificing how the door operates? Which window treatment allows for light control while being energy efficient?


Things To Consider When Picking A Window Treatment For Your French Doors

Light & Privacy Control

A French door window treatment allows you to control light easily. If you only want light from the door’s top half, the window treatment should be designed in a way that does just that. If you don’t want any light whatsoever, the French door window treatment should be constructed from material that blocks almost all the light. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door wholly so that nosy neighbors (and uninvited drones) can’t look in.

Plantation shutters are made from solid wood (or a synthetic polymer) that blocks the light coming through the glass. And a tilt rod lets you tilt the louvers for as much light - and view - as you need.

Energy Efficiency

The French door’s glass can only do so much when it comes to insulating against the weather Philadelphia sees. So the best window treatment needs to be able to minimize airflow and heat transfer so that the temperature of the room stays pleasant And your HVAC system doesn’t have to run all the time.

The most energy efficient window treatment for French doors is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood shutters are built with exclusive weatherstripping. When closed properly, these plantation shutters minimize heat transfer by up to 45% and block up to 30 degrees of airflow from the French door’s glass102. Learn more about how Polywood shutters insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.


You’ll want the window treatment to move with the French door as you’re opening the door. Otherwise, it can rattle against the glass or sway if it’s not anchored completely to the door’s frame or if it’s not mounted correctly.

Shutters for French doors are permanently mounted on the door frame. So unlike blinds and shades, they don’t rattle or sway when the door is swung open. What’s more, they’re custom crafted to show off the shape of the French door and the scenery outside.


The window treatment should be constructed from quality material that is durable to stand up to all the times you swing the French doors open. And the best French door window treatment should handle years of daily adjustments and use without any signs of wear.

Plantation shutters from Sunburst are made from premium material, which means that your French door shutters will look charming and operate smoothly for decades.

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Find Out More About Shutters For French Doors In Philadelphia, PA

Plantation shutters for French doors come in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom made to allow for the door handle with a square or circle handle cutout.
Call us at 215-874-4897 or fill out the form below for more information about French door shutters in Philadelphia. And if you are looking for matching shutters for your sidelights or patio door, we offer those as well.