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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Chicago, IL

March 07, 2016

French doors ,better known as patio doors, are hinged with glass panels. They might lead to the balcony, deck, or yard. And the charm of French doors lies in the brightness they filter into your home.

The same glass panels that make French doors so charming pose a dilemma for Chicago homeowners. How can you cover a French door with a beautiful window treatment without sacrificing how the door operates? Is there a window treatment that lets you control how much light you let in 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

Light & Privacy Control

A French door window treatment allows you to control light easily. If you want no light at all, the French door window treatment should be made from material that blocks almost all the light. If you only want light from the door’s top half, the window treatment should be designed in a way that allows you to do that. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door wholly so that nosy neighbors (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 filtering through the window pane. And a tilt rod lets you adjust the shutter louvers for as much light - and view - as you would like.

Energy Efficiency

The glass panels on French doors are not designed to completely insulate against the weather elements Chicago sees. This means that the best window treatment needs to be able to reduce heat transfer and airflow so that the temperature of the room stays 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 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 glass102. Not only that, but Polywood shutters also 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 installed 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 blinds and shades, they don’t sway or rattle when you open the door. What’s more, they’re custom crafted to highlight the French door’s shape as well as the scenery outside.


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 and still look as good as the day you had it installed.

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

Shutters on a french door

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 made 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 offer those as well.