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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Cincinnati, OH

March 07, 2016

French doors ,better known as patio doors, are hinged with glass panels. They might open onto the balcony, deck, or yard. And the charm of French doors is in the brightness they lend your home.

The charming French door glass panels can be a dilemma for Cincinnati homeowners. What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Cincinnati area? How can you cover it with a charming window treatment without sacrificing how the door operates? Which window treatment lets you control for brightness while being energy efficient?


What To Look For In A Window Treatment For Your French Doors

Control Over Light & Privacy

A French door window treatment allows you to control light easily. If you want no light whatsoever, the French door window treatment should be built from material that blocks almost all the light. If you only want light from the top half of the door, the window treatment should be set up in a way that lets you do that. And the best window treatment should cover the French door completely so that nosy neighbors (and pesky drones) can’t peek in.

Plantation shutters are made from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that effectively blocks the light coming through the glass. And a tilt rod lets you adjust the shutter louvers for as much light - and view - as you need.

Energy Efficiency

The glass panels on French doors are not designed to completely insulate against the weather elements Cincinnati sees. That’s why the best window treatment should minimize airflow and heat transfer to keep the room’s temperature 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 manufactured with exclusive weatherstripping. Close these plantation shutters properly to minimize heat transfer by up to 45% and block up to 30 degrees of airflow from the French door’s glass102. Find out how Polywood shutters 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 sway or rattle against the glass if it’s not set up 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 sway or rattle when the door is swung open. Additionally, they’re custom made to show off the French door’s shape and the scenery outside.


The window treatment should be manufactured from quality material that is durable to stand up to all the times you swing the French doors open. And the best French door window treatment should handle years of daily use and adjustments and still look as good as the day you had it installed.

The premium material that plantation shutters from Sunburst are built from means that your French door shutters will look stunning and operate smoothly for decades.

Shutters on a french door

Learn More About Shutters For French Doors In Cincinnati, OH

Plantation shutters for French doors are available in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom built to allow for the door handle with a circle or square handle cutout.
Contact us at 513-216-9740 or fill out the form below to find out more about French door shutters in Cincinnati. And if you are interested in matching shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we have those, too.