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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In New York City, NY

March 07, 2016

French doors ,better known as patio doors, are hinged with glass panels. They might be a doorway to the yard, balcony, or deck. And what makes French doors so beautiful is the brightness they filter into your home.

The same glass panels that make French doors so charming can be a problem for New York homeowners. How do you cover a French door with a charming window treatment without sacrificing how the door opens and closes? Which window treatment lets you control for brightness while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the New York area?


Things To Look For In A Window Treatment For French Doors

Control Over Light & Privacy

A French door window treatment allows you to adjust for more or less light easily. If you don’t want any light at all, the French door window treatment should be built from material that blocks most, if not all, of the light. If you only want light from the top half of the door, the window treatment should be designed 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 coming through the glass. And a tilt rod allows you to move the shutter louvers for as much light - and view - as you want.

Energy Efficiency

The French door’s glass can only do so much when it comes to insulating against the weather elements New York experiences. That’s why the best window treatment would reduce heat transfer and airflow to keep the room’s temperature pleasant without having the HVAC system run all the time.

Polywood® plantation shutters are the most energy efficient window treatment for French doors. Polywood shutters are created 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. Find out how Polywood shutters insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.


The window treatment should move with the French door as you’re opening the door. Otherwise, it could sway or rattle against the glass if it’s not installed correctly or if it’s not anchored completely to the door’s frame.

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


The window treatment should be made from material that can withstand all the times you swing the French doors open. And the best French door window treatment could handle years of daily use and adjustments and still look as beautiful 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 stay functional for decades.

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Learn More About Shutters For French Doors In New York City, NY

Plantation shutters for French doors come in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom manufactured to account for the door handle with a square or circle handle cutout.
Call us at 631-246-3930 or fill out the form below for more information about French door shutters in New York. And if you are looking for matching shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we have those as well.