What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Tampa, FL03/07/2016Eric Ramsey French doors ,better known as patio doors, are hinged with glass panels. They might lead to the balcony, deck, or yard. And what makes French doors so charming is the brightness they lend the room. The same glass panels that make French doors so alluring can be a problem for Tampa homeowners. How do you cover a French door with a beautiful window treatment without affecting the door’s functionality? Which window treatment allows for light control while being energy efficient? What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Tampa area? Things 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 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 completely so that onlookers (and unwelcome drones) can’t peek in. Plantation shutters are constructed from hardwood (or a synthetic polymer) that is effective at blocking the light filtering through the window pane. And a tilt rod lets you tilt the shutter louvers for as much light - and view - as you need. Energy Efficiency. The French door’s glass cannot effectively insulate 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. Stability. The window treatment should move with the French door as you’re opening the door. Otherwise, it could rattle against the glass or sway 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 rattle or sway when the door is opened. In addition, they’re custom built to highlight the shape of the French door as well as the view outside. Durability. 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. Learn More About Shutters For French Doors In Tampa, FLPlantation 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 want the same style of shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we have those, too.