3 Energy-Efficient Treatments for Your French Doors

The addition of French doors create an open, airy feel that is perfect for entertaining numerous guests. While a worthwhile investment, the excessive amount of glass on these doors may limit privacy and increase heat loss. Using this guide, you can dress your new French doors with energy-efficient, appealing treatments.


While surprising to hear, shutters are not only options for your home's exterior. Plantation shutters are becoming popular options for a custom, permanent dressing for the glass of your French doors.

Plantation shutters are available in a variety of designs and color options, as well, so finding a look that matches your home's style and budget is simple.

Since these wood, faux-wood, or vinyl shutters fit snugly to your doorframe, they reduce heat loss through the glass of your doors. This reduces the amount of energy necessary for heating or cooling your home.

Outdoor Awnings

Installing a retractable awning over the exterior of your French patio doors is also a smart option for reducing energy costs. Awnings offer protection against the sun and rain when necessary, but the retractable feature allows you to close the awning to enjoy the nicer weather.

The main benefit of an outdoor awning over your French door is the reduction of solar heat gain. In most cases, an awning reduces heat gain by 65 percent in south-facing windows and 77 percent on windows that face west. This reduction protects your interior temperature while preventing excessive energy usage to properly heat or cool the home.

To enhance your French doors and outdoor living area, choose an awning that complements your décor. For a natural area, opt for an awning in a neutral color or pattern. To make a fun, bold statement, choose awnings in bright, vibrant colors and patterns.

Window Film

If privacy is not a concern for you, consider applying a simple layer of tinting film to the interior glass of your French patio doors. While many homeowners believe this film darkens the glass in an unappealing manner, you can choose a completely clear window film for your French doors. This film may be clear, but it is an effective option for preventing heat loss and conserving energy.

After purchase, measure the glass of your French door and lay the film on a clean, flat surface. Clean the glass using a solution of 2 cups water and 2 cups white vinegar. After cleaning, dampen the glass using a wet cloth.

Using a razor knife, cut the window film 1-inch larger than the glass of your door. This extra inch allows room for error. Remove the back lining of the tinting film carefully to separate the clear side with the adhesive side of the film.

Place the adhesive side of the film against the glass of your French door. Be sure to center the corners up with the glass frame before pressing firmly on the top corners. Use your hands to smooth the film down onto the glass, working from the top to the bottom.

Once applied, spray a solution containing 2 cups of warm water and a teaspoon of liquid dish soap onto the exterior of the film. Run a squeegee tool across the film, smoothing out any bubbles. Then, trim the edges of the film using your razor utility knife to complete the look.

Your French doors add function, style, and value to your home and outdoor space, but the open, airy feel they create should not increase your heating and cooling costs. Using one of these treatment options, you can dress your French doors and decrease energy costs. For more tips or assistance, contact companies like Fas Windows and Doors.