Updating your home periodically is imperative for protecting your investment. From new windows or countertops to fresh landscaping and outdoor living spaces, these updates increase the appeal, function, and value of your house. To create a more modern and stylish space, many homeowners replace outdated sliding doors with French doors. Although the cost may range from an estimated $350 to $4,000, the project offers a large return on your investment.
Choosing French doors is smart for lovers of natural light, but the added sunlight increases the temperature of your home. Using these treatments, you can dress the glass of your French doors to limit sunlight when necessary.
Most French doors lead out to a porch, deck, or patio. To keep in line with your outdoor space, consider dressing the glass doors with materials you can find in nature. Here are a options:
- Bamboo – Purchase traditional shades made with bamboo. When open, bamboo shades are perfect for your outdoor space. When closed, the shades allow only small amounts of sunlight in to your home.
- Burlap – Currently a hot trend in home décor, the natural look and feel of burlap is a smart choice for your French doors. Purchase a lightweight burlap panel for each of your glass doors and hang from a tension or magnetic curtain rod.
If you want to decrease your home's heating and cooling costs while enjoying the original look of your French doors, consider tinting the glass. While surprising to hear, today's window film does not peel or create a bubble on your glass surfaces.
When applied correctly, the tint reflects up to 80 percent of heat passed through the glass. In addition, French doors with tinted glass stops the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun from entering your home.
Use the following steps to apply tinting film to your French doors:
- Clean the glass panes using a no-streak cleaner and paper towels. For the best results, clean both sides a few times. Be sure to dry the glass with a clean paper towel.
- Cut your preferred tinting film to fit the glass of your doors, but add another inch on all sides.
- Separate the tint from the liner and lay each section of tinting film on a clean, flat surface. Face the adhesive side up on the surface.
- In a spray bottle, combine 3 cups of water with a few drops of gentle dish detergent.
- Spray the soapy solution on the adhesive side of the tinting film. Use generously.
- Move the film to the door and slide the wet side onto the glass. Be sure to position the film over the glass of your door. Use a squeegee tool or hard plastic card to smooth out the tinting film, if necessary.
- Use a single edge razor to trim off the excess film.
- Complete the process for each door.
Natural shades and window tint are appealing options for your doors, but you may prefer the traditional look of common treatments. Drapes are not ideal dressings for your French doors since they may fall on the fall, but specialized curtains and blinds are appealing choices.
Many home décor stores offer a few variations on curtain panels for a glass door. If privacy is your top concern, consider a sheer panel for each of your doors. The sheer fabric blocks visibility while blocking a minimal amount of natural light from entering your home.
Due to their affordable cost and versatility, faux wood blinds are attractive solutions when dressing your exterior French doors. Pull up and open the blinds when you prefer maximum sunlight. Or, close them to reduce sun glare and increase privacy.
Dressing your new doors is not a priority, but it can be beneficial for style, privacy, and comfort.