What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Boston, MA03/07/2016Holly Perron 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 alluring create a dilemma for Boston 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 Boston area? How do you cover a French door with a charming window treatment without impacting the door’s functionality? 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 only want light from the door’s top half, the window treatment should be designed in a way that does just that. If you want no light at all, the French door window treatment should be manufactured from material that blocks almost all the light. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door wholly so that nosy neighbors (and unwelcome drones) can’t see in. Plantation shutters are built from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that blocks the light. And a tilt rod lets you adjust the shutter louvers for control over brightness and privacy. Energy Efficiency. The glass panels on French doors are not designed to completely insulate against the weather elements Boston sees. That’s why 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. Stability. 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 may sway or rattle against the glass 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 blinds and shades, they don’t rattle or sway when you swing the door open. In addition, they’re custom built to accentuate the shape of the French door as well as the view outside. Durability. 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 should handle years of daily adjustments and use and still look as beautiful as the day you had it installed. Plantation shutters from Sunburst are built from premium material, which means that your French door shutters will be charming and operate smoothly for decades. Get More Information About Shutters For French Doors In Boston, MAPlantation 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 are looking for the same style of shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we have those also.