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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Hartford, CT

March 07, 2016

French doors are hinged patio doors with glass panels. They might open onto the deck, yard, or balcony. And the beauty of French doors is in the brightness they filter into your house.

The same glass panels that make French doors so alluring can be a dilemma for Hartford homeowners. Which window treatment lets you control how much light you let in while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Hartford area? How can you cover it with a charming window treatment without sacrificing the door’s functionality?


Things To Consider When Ordering A Window Treatment For French Doors

Control Over Privacy & Light

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 door’s top half, the window treatment should be installed in a way that does just that. If you don’t want any light whatsoever, the French door window treatment should be built from material that blocks almost all the light. And the best window treatment needs to cover the French door wholly so that nosy neighbors (and unwelcome drones) can’t look in.

Plantation shutters are constructed from solid wood (or a synthetic polymer) that blocks the light. And a tilt rod lets you tilt the shutter louvers for brightness control and privacy.

Energy Efficiency

The glass panels on French doors are not designed to completely insulate against the weather patterns Hartford sees. So the best window treatment should reduce heat transfer and airflow so that the temperature of the room stays pleasantwithout having the HVAC system run all the time.

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 block as much as 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.


The window treatment should be fixed to the French door so it doesn’t move when you open the door. Otherwise, it might 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 fixed to the door frame. So unlike shades and blinds, they don’t sway or rattle when you swing the door open. Additionally, they’re custom built to highlight the French door’s shape and the view outside.


The window treatment should be made from material that is durable to stand up to all the times you swing the French doors open. And the best French door window treatment would 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 built from means that your French door shutters will be charming and stay functional for decades.

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Learn More About Shutters For French Doors In Hartford, CT

Plantation shutters for French doors are available in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom manufactured to account for the door handle with a circle or square handle cutout.
Call us at 860-266-5459 or fill out the form below to find out more about French door shutters in Hartford. And if you are interested in matching shutters for your sidelights or patio door, we offer those as well.