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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Washington DC

March 07, 2016

French doors are hinged patio doors with glass panels. They might be a doorway to the balcony, deck, or yard. And what makes French doors so alluring is the light - and lightness - they filter into your home.

The same glass panels that make French doors so beautiful can be a problem for Washington DC homeowners. Which window treatment allows for light control while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Washington DC area? How do you cover a French door with a charming window treatment without impacting how the door opens and closes?


What To Look For In A Window Treatment For French Doors

Control Over Light & Privacy

A French door window treatment should give you control over how much light you let into the room. If you only want light from the top half of the door, the window treatment should be set up in a way that allows you to do that. If you don’t want any light at all, the French door window treatment should be built from material that blocks almost all the light. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door completely so that passersby (and pesky drones) can’t look in.

Plantation shutters are made from solid wood (or a synthetic polymer) that effectively blocks the light filtering through the window pane. And a tilt rod lets you adjust the shutter louvers for as much light - and view - as you would like.

Energy Efficiency

The glass panels on French doors cannot effectively insulate against the weather elements Washington DC sees. That’s why the best window treatment needs to be able to reduce airflow and heat transfer to keep the temperature in the room pleasant And your HVAC system doesn’t have to work any harder.

Polywood® plantation shutters are the most energy efficient window treatment for French doors. Polywood shutters are built with exclusive weatherstripping. Close these plantation shutters properly to block up to 30 degrees of airflow from the glass, and minimize heat transfer by up to 45%. 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 when you open the door. Otherwise, it can rattle against the glass or sway if it’s not mounted 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 sway or rattle when the door is swung open. Additionally, they’re custom made to match the shape of the French door as well as the view outside.


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

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

Shutters on a french door

Learn More About Shutters For French Doors In Washington DC

Plantation shutters for French doors are available in Polywood and Ovation®. They can be custom built to allow for the door handle with a circle or square handle cutout.
Contact us at 240-339-2588 or fill out the form below for more information about French door shutters in Washington DC. And if you want the same type of shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we offer those as well.