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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In San Jose, CA

March 07, 2016

French doors ,better known as patio doors, are hinged with glass panels. They might be a doorway to the balcony, deck, or yard. And what makes French doors so beautiful is the brightness they bring into your home.

The same glass panels that make French doors so beautiful create a dilemma for San Jose homeowners. Which window treatment allows for light control while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the San Jose area? How do you cover a French door with a beautiful window treatment without affecting how the door opens and closes?


What To Look For In A Window Treatment For French Doors

Control Over Privacy & Light

A French door window treatment allows you to control light easily. If you only want light from the top half of the door, the window treatment should be designed in a way that lets you do that. If you want no light whatsoever, the French door window treatment should be built from material that blocks most, if not all, of the light. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door wholly so that onlookers (and uninvited drones) can’t peek in.

Plantation shutters are made from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that blocks the light. And a tilt rod lets you move the shutter louvers for as much light - and view - as you want.

Energy Efficiency

The French door’s glass cannot effectively insulate against the weather patterns San Jose sees. That’s why the best window treatment would minimize airflow and heat transfer to keep the room’s temperature pleasant without having the HVAC system run all the time.

Polywood® plantation shutters are the most energy efficient window treatment for French doors. Polywood shutters are created with exclusive weatherstripping. When closed properly, these plantation shutters minimize heat transfer by up to 45% and block up to 30 degrees of airflow from the French door’s glass102. Learn more about how Polywood shutters insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.


You’ll want the window treatment to move with the French door when you open the door. Otherwise, it could 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 shades and blinds, they don’t rattle or sway when you open the door. Additionally, they’re custom crafted to highlight the French door’s shape as well as the view outside.


The window treatment should be manufactured from material that is durable to stand up to all the times you open and close the French doors. And the best French door window treatment should handle years of daily use and adjustments without showing signs of wear.

The premium material that plantation shutters from Sunburst are constructed from means that your French door shutters will be beautiful and operate smoothly for decades.

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Find Out More About Shutters For French Doors In San Jose, CA

Plantation shutters for French doors are available in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom made to allow for the door handle with a circle or square handle cutout.
Call us at 916-542-1305 or fill out the form below to find out more about French door shutters in San Jose. And if you want the same style of shutters for your sidelights or patio door, we sell those also.