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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Detroit, MI

March 07, 2016

French doors are hinged patio doors with glass panels. They might lead to the deck, yard, or balcony. And what makes French doors so beautiful is the brightness they bring into your home.

The beautiful French door glass panels can be a dilemma for Detroit homeowners. How do you cover a French door with a beautiful window treatment without impacting how the door opens and closes? Is there a window treatment that allows for light control while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Detroit area?


Things To Look For In A Window Treatment For French Doors

Control Over Privacy & Light

A French door window treatment lets you control light easily. If you don’t want any light at all, the French door window treatment should be made from material that blocks most, if not all, of the light. If you only want light from the door’s top half, the window treatment should be installed in a way that allows you to do that. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door entirely so that onlookers (and pesky drones) can’t see in.

Plantation shutters are made from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that blocks the light coming through the glass. And a tilt rod allows you to tilt the louvers for brightness control and privacy.

Energy Efficiency

The glass panels on French doors are not designed to completely insulate against the weather Detroit experiences. So 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.

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 reduce heat transfer by up to 45%. Not only that, but Polywood shutters also insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.


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 rattle against the glass or sway 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 installed on the door frame. So unlike shades and blinds, they don’t sway or rattle when you open the door. Additionally, they’re custom built to highlight the French door’s shape as well as the view outside.


The window treatment should be made from quality material that can withstand all the times you swing the French doors open. And the best French door window treatment would handle years of daily adjustments and use and still look as good as the day you had it installed.

The premium material that plantation shutters from Sunburst are constructed from means that your French door shutters will be charming and stay functional for decades.

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Get More Information About Shutters For French Doors In Detroit, MI

Plantation shutters for French doors are available in Polywood and Ovation®. They can be custom built to allow for the door handle with a square or circle handle cutout.
Contact us at 248-429-9294 or fill out the form below to learn more about French door shutters in Detroit. And if you are interested in the same style of shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we sell those, too.