What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Southern California03/07/2016Kimball Jones French doors ,better known as patio doors, are hinged with glass panels. They might be a doorway to the balcony, deck, or yard. And the allure of French doors lies in the light - and lightness - they bring into your house. The same glass panels that make French doors so charming pose a problem for Southern California homeowners. How can you cover a French door with a charming window treatment without impacting how the door opens and closes? Is there a window treatment that lets you control for brightness while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Southern California area? Things To Look For In A Window Treatment For Your French Doors Control Over Privacy & Light. A French door window treatment allows you to adjust for more or less light easily. If you only want light from the door’s top half, the window treatment should be installed in a way that does just that. If you don’t want any light whatsoever, the French door window treatment should be constructed from material that blocks most, if not all, of the light. And the best window treatment needs to cover the French door wholly so that nosy neighbors (and unwelcome drones) can’t look in. Plantation shutters are made from solid wood (or a synthetic polymer) that effectively blocks the light coming through the glass. And a tilt rod lets you tilt the shutter louvers for brightness control and privacy. Energy Efficiency. The glass panels on French doors are not designed to completely insulate against the weather patterns Southern California experiences. This means that the best window treatment would minimize airflow and heat transfer so that the temperature of the room stays pleasant. And your HVAC system doesn’t have to run all the time. The most energy efficient window treatment for French doors is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood shutters are created with exclusive weatherstripping. Close these plantation shutters properly to reduce heat transfer by up to 45% and block as much as 30 degrees of airflow from the French door’s glass102. Learn more about how Polywood shutters insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds. Stability. You’ll want the window treatment to move with the French door when you open 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 shades and blinds, they don’t rattle or sway when the door is opened. Additionally, they’re custom built to accentuate the shape of the French door as well as the scenery outside. Durability. The window treatment should be manufactured 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 could handle years of daily adjustments and use without any signs of wear. The premium material that plantation shutters from Sunburst are constructed from means your French door shutters will look beautiful and operate smoothly for decades. Find Out More About Shutters For French Doors In Southern CaliforniaPlantation shutters for French doors are available in Polywood and Ovation®. They can be custom engineered to allow for the door handle with a circle or square handle cutout. Call us at 888-611-2474 or fill out the form below to find out more about French door shutters in Southern California. And if you want matching shutters for your sidelights or patio door, we have those as well.