What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Chicago, IL03/07/2016Richard Rampton French doors ,better known as patio doors, are hinged with glass panels. They might open onto the balcony, deck, or yard. And what makes French doors so charming is the brightness they filter into the room. The beautiful French door glass panels pose a dilemma for Chicago homeowners. How can you cover a French door with a beautiful window treatment without sacrificing how the door opens and closes? 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 Chicago area? Things 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 set up in a way that lets you do that. If you want no light whatsoever, the French door window treatment should be manufactured 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 pesky drones) can’t look in. Plantation shutters are made from solid wood (or a synthetic polymer) that is effective at blocking the light coming through the glass. And a tilt rod lets you adjust the shutter louvers for brightness control and privacy. Energy Efficiency. The glass panels on French doors are not designed to completely insulate against the weather elements Chicago sees. That’s why the best window treatment should reduce heat transfer and airflow 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 created 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 glass102. Find out 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 mounted 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 blinds and shades, they don’t sway or rattle when the door is swung open. What’s more, they’re custom built to highlight the French door’s shape as well as the scenery outside. Durability. The window treatment should be made from material that can withstand all the times you swing the French doors open. And the best French door window treatment should handle years of everyday use and adjustments without any signs of wear. Plantation shutters from Sunburst are built from premium material, which means that your French door shutters will look stunning and stay functional for decades. Find Out More About Shutters For French Doors In Chicago, IL Plantation shutters for French doors are available in Polywood and Ovation®. They can be custom manufactured to allow for the door handle with a square or circle handle cutout. Call us at 847-250-6544 or fill out the form below to find out more about French door shutters in Chicago. And if you are interested in the same type of shutters for your sidelights or patio door, we have those as well.