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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Virginia Beach, VA

March 07, 2016

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

The beautiful French door glass panels can be a dilemma for Virginia Beach homeowners. What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Virginia Beach area? How do you cover a French door with a beautiful window treatment without impacting the door’s functionality? Which window treatment allows for light control while being energy efficient?


What To Look For In A Window Treatment For French Doors

Control Over Light & Privacy

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 top half of the door, the window treatment should be set up in a way that allows you to do that. 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. And the best window treatment should cover the French door completely so that passersby (and pesky drones) can’t see in.

Plantation shutters are constructed from solid wood (or a synthetic polymer) that effectively blocks the light. And a tilt rod lets you tilt the louvers for as much light - and view - as you want.

Energy Efficiency

The French door’s glass goes only so far in insulating against the weather elements Virginia Beach 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 engineered with exclusive weatherstripping. When closed properly, these plantation shutters block as much as 30 degrees of airflow from the glass, and minimize 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 move with the French door as you’re opening the door. Otherwise, it may 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 mounted on the door frame. So unlike shades and blinds, they don’t rattle or sway when the door is swung open. Additionally, they’re custom made to highlight the shape of the French door and the scenery outside.


The window treatment should be constructed 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 would handle years of daily use and adjustments without any signs of wear.

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

Shutters on a french door

Find Out More About Shutters For French Doors In Virginia Beach, VA

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 757-210-6448 or fill out the form below to learn more about French door shutters in Virginia Beach. And if you want the same type of shutters for your sidelights or patio door, we offer those, too.