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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Austin, TX

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 charming is the light - and lightness - they bring into your house.

The same glass panels that make French doors so alluring create a dilemma 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 impacting how the door operates? Which window treatment allows for light control while being energy efficient?


What 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 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. If you only want light from the door’s top half, the window treatment should be set up in a way that lets you do that. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door entirely so that nosy neighbors (and unwelcome drones) can’t peek in.

Plantation shutters are built from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that blocks 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 needs to be able to 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 manufactured 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.


The window treatment needs be fixed to the French door so it doesn’t move when you open the door. Otherwise, it might 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 fixed to the door frame. So unlike shades and blinds, 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.


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 could 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.

Shutters on a french door

Get More Information About Shutters For French Doors In Austin, TX

Plantation shutters for French doors come in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom manufactured 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 the same type of shutters for your sidelights or patio door, we offer those, too.