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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In San Diego, CA

March 07, 2016

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

The charming French door glass panels pose a problem for San Diego homeowners. What is the best window treatment for French doors in the San Diego area? How do you cover it with a beautiful window treatment without affecting how the door opens and closes? Which window treatment lets you control for brightness while being energy efficient?


Things To Consider When Selecting A Window Treatment For Your 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 don’t want any light at all, the French door window treatment should be built from material that blocks almost all 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 allows you to do that. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door wholly so that passersby (and unwelcome drones) can’t look in.

Plantation shutters are constructed from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that blocks the light filtering through the window pane. And a tilt rod lets you tilt the shutter louvers for control over brightness and privacy.

Energy Efficiency

The French door’s glass goes only so far in insulating against the weather San Diego sees. So the best window treatment should reduce airflow and heat transfer so that the temperature of the room remains 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 manufactured with exclusive weatherstripping. When closed properly, these plantation shutters block up to 30 degrees of airflow from the glass, and minimize heat transfer by up to 45%. Learn more about how Polywood shutters insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.


You’ll want the window treatment to move with the French door when you open the door. Otherwise, it may rattle against the glass or sway 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 shades and blinds, they don’t sway or rattle when the door is opened. What’s more, they’re custom made to show off the shape of the French door as well as the scenery 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 should handle years of everyday use and adjustments without any signs of wear.

Plantation shutters from Sunburst are built from premium material, which means that your French door shutters will look beautiful and stay functional for decades.

Shutters on a french door

Get More Information About Shutters For French Doors In San Diego, CA

Plantation shutters for French doors come in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom built to account for the door handle with a square or circle handle cutout.
Contact us at 760-405-8887 or fill out the form below to find out more about French door shutters in San Diego. And if you are looking for the same type of shutters for your sidelights or patio door, we sell those also.