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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Tampa, FL

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 allure of French doors lies in the brightness they lend your home.

The charming French door glass panels create a problem for Tampa homeowners. Is there a window treatment that allows for light control while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Tampa area? How can you cover a French door with a charming window treatment without sacrificing how the door operates?


Things To Look For In A Window Treatment For French Doors

Light & Privacy Control

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 want no light at all, the French door window treatment should be constructed from material that blocks almost all the light. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door entirely so that onlookers (and pesky drones) can’t see in.

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

Energy Efficiency

The French door’s glass goes only so far in insulating against the weather Tampa experiences. So the best window treatment needs to be able to minimize heat transfer and airflow so that the temperature of the room stays pleasant And your HVAC system doesn’t have to work any harder.

Polywood® plantation shutters are the most energy efficient window treatment for French doors. Polywood shutters are made 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. Learn more about how Polywood shutters insulate 1600% better than aluminum blinds.


You’ll want the window treatment to move with the French door as you’re opening the door. Otherwise, it could rattle against the glass or sway if it’s not anchored completely to the door’s frame or if it’s not mounted 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. In addition, they’re custom built to accentuate the shape of the French door as well as the view outside.


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

The premium material that plantation shutters from Sunburst are made of means your French door shutters will be charming and stay functional for decades.

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Learn More About Shutters For French Doors In Tampa, FL

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.
Call us at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below for more information about French door shutters in Tampa. And if you are looking for the same style of shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we offer those as well.