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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Raleigh, NC

March 07, 2016

French doors ,better known as patio doors, are hinged with glass panels. They might lead to the deck, yard, or balcony. And the charm of French doors is in the light - and lightness - they filter into your house.

The beautiful French door glass panels can be a problem for Raleigh homeowners. Is there a window treatment that lets you control how much light you let in while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Raleigh area? How do you cover it with a beautiful window treatment without sacrificing how the door opens and closes?


What To Look For In A Window Treatment For French Doors

Privacy & Light Control

A French door window treatment should give you control over how much light you let into the room. If you want no light at all, the French door window treatment should be constructed from material that blocks most, if not all, of the light. If you only want light from the door’s top half, the window treatment should be installed in a way that allows you to do that. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door entirely so that nosy neighbors (and uninvited drones) can’t look in.

Plantation shutters are built from solid wood (or a synthetic polymer) that is effective at blocking the light. And a tilt rod allows you to adjust the louvers for as much light - and view - as you want.

Energy Efficiency

The French door’s glass cannot effectively insulate against the weather Raleigh experiences. That’s why the best window treatment would reduce airflow and heat transfer to keep the room’s temperature pleasantwithout having the HVAC system work any harder.

The most energy efficient window treatment for French doors is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood shutters are engineered 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. Not only that, but Polywood shutters also insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.


You’ll want the window treatment to be fixed to the French door so it doesn’t move as you’re opening the door. Otherwise, it might rattle against the glass or sway if it’s not installed correctly or if it’s not anchored completely to the door’s frame.

Shutters for French doors are permanently mounted on the door frame. So unlike shades and blinds, they don’t rattle or sway when you swing the door open. What’s more, they’re custom built to match the shape of the French door and the view outside.


The window treatment should be made from quality material that can withstand all the times you swing the French doors open. And the best French door window treatment should handle years of everyday use and adjustments and still look as beautiful as the day you had it installed.

The premium material that plantation shutters from Sunburst are constructed from means your French door shutters will look beautiful and stay functional for decades.

Shutters on a french door

Find Out More About Shutters For French Doors In Raleigh, NC

Plantation shutters for French doors are available in Polywood and Ovation®. They can be custom manufactured to allow for the door handle with a circle or square handle cutout.
Call us at 919-887-9198 or fill out the form below for more information about French door shutters in Raleigh. And if you are interested in the same type of shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we sell those as well.