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What Makes Shutters The Best Window Treatment For French Doors In Honolulu, HI

March 07, 2016

French doors are hinged patio doors with glass panels. They might lead to the yard, balcony, or deck. And what makes French doors so alluring is the brightness they filter into your home.

The charming French door glass panels can be a problem for Honolulu homeowners. What is the best window treatment for French doors in the Honolulu area? How do you cover a French door with a charming window treatment without impacting how the door operates? Is there a window treatment that lets you control for brightness while being energy efficient?


What To Look For In A Window Treatment For Your French Doors

Control Over Light & Privacy

A French door window treatment lets you adjust for more or less light easily. If you don’t want any light whatsoever, the French door window treatment should be constructed from material that blocks most, if not all, of the light. If you only want light from the top half of the door, the window treatment should be installed in a way that does just that. And the best window treatment would have to cover the French door completely so that onlookers (and unwelcome drones) can’t see in.

Plantation shutters are made from solid wood (or a synthetic polymer) that blocks the light filtering through the window pane. And a tilt rod lets you tilt the shutter louvers for brightness control and privacy.

Energy Efficiency

The French door’s glass cannot effectively insulate against the weather patterns Honolulu experiences. So the best window treatment would reduce airflow and heat transfer to keep the room’s temperature pleasant without having the HVAC system run all the time.

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


You’ll want the window treatment to be fixed to the French door so it doesn’t move when you open the door. Otherwise, it may 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 installed on the door frame. So unlike shades and blinds, they don’t sway or rattle when you open the door. In addition, they’re custom crafted to show off the shape of the French door as well as the scenery outside.


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

Plantation shutters from Sunburst are made from premium material, which means 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 Honolulu, HI

Plantation shutters for French doors are available in Ovation® and Polywood. They can be custom engineered to allow for the door handle with a circle or square handle cutout.
Call us at 808-797-2004 or fill out the form below to learn more about French door shutters in Honolulu. And if you are interested in matching shutters for your patio door or sidelights, we sell those, too.