What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Austin, TX03/07/2016Tyler Jorgensen French doors are hinged patio doors with glass panels. They might lead to the deck, yard, or balcony. And what makes French doors so alluring is the light - and lightness - they lend your house. The same glass panels that make French doors so attractive create a problem for Austin homeowners. What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Austin area? How do you cover it with a charming window treatment without affecting how the door operates? Which window treatment allows for light control while being energy efficient? What To Look For In A Window Treatment For French Doors Control Over Privacy & Light. A French door window treatment allows you to adjust for more or less light easily. If you don’t want any light whatsoever, 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 set up in a way that does just that. And the best window treatment needs to cover the French door entirely so that nosy neighbors (and pesky drones) can’t see in. Plantation shutters are built from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that is effective at blocking the light. And a tilt rod allows you to adjust the louvers for control over brightness and privacy. Energy Efficiency. The glass panels on French doors cannot effectively insulate against the weather Austin sees. This means that the best window treatment should minimize heat transfer and airflow to keep the room’s temperature pleasant. And your HVAC system doesn’t have to work any harder. The most energy efficient window treatment for French doors is Polywood® plantation shutters. Polywood shutters are built with exclusive weatherstripping. Close these plantation shutters properly to 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. Stability. The window treatment needs be fixed to the French door so it doesn’t move when you open the door. Otherwise, it can 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 installed on the door frame. So unlike blinds and shades, they don’t sway or rattle when you open the door. What’s more, they’re custom built to show off the French door’s shape as well as the scenery outside. Durability. The window treatment should be constructed from material that can withstand all the times you open and close the French doors. And the best French door window treatment should handle years of everyday 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 stunning and operate smoothly for decades. Get More Information About Shutters For French Doors In Austin, TXPlantation shutters for French doors come in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom made to account for the door handle with a square or circle handle cutout. Contact us at 512-549-6077 or fill out the form below to learn more about French door shutters in Austin. And if you want matching shutters for your sidelights or patio door, we offer those as well.