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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Boston, MA

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 allure of French doors lies in the light - and lightness - they lend the room.

The same glass panels that make French doors so attractive create a dilemma for Boston homeowners. What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Boston area? How do you cover it with a charming window treatment without sacrificing how the door operates? Is there a window treatment that allows for light control while being energy efficient?


What To Look For In A Window Treatment For French Doors

Light & Privacy 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 top half of the door, the window treatment should be set up in a way that does just that. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door wholly so that onlookers (and pesky drones) can’t see in.

Plantation shutters are constructed from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that is effective at blocking the light. 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 are not designed to completely insulate against the weather patterns Boston sees. This means that the best window treatment needs to be able to reduce heat transfer and airflow to keep the temperature in the room pleasant And your HVAC system doesn’t have to 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 glass102. Learn more about how Polywood shutters insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.


The window treatment needs be fixed to the French door so it doesn’t move as you’re opening the door. Otherwise, it may sway or rattle against the glass if it’s not anchored completely to the door’s frame or if it’s not set up correctly.

Shutters for French doors are permanently mounted on the door frame. So unlike blinds and shades, they don’t rattle or sway when you open the door. In addition, they’re custom built to accentuate the shape of the French door as well as the view outside.


The window treatment should be made from quality material that is durable to stand up to all the times you open and close the French doors. And the best French door window treatment could handle years of daily adjustments and use and still look as beautiful as the day you had it installed.

The premium material that plantation shutters from Sunburst are made of means that your French door shutters will be stunning and operate smoothly for decades.

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Get More Information About Shutters For French Doors In Boston, MA

Plantation shutters for French doors are available in Polywood and Ovation®. They can be custom engineered to account for the door handle with a square or circle handle cutout.
Contact us at 781-352-2205 or fill out the form below for more information about French door shutters in Boston. And if you want the same style of shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we offer those also.