This time of year, folks notice the drafts seeping in from their sliding doors, French doors, or any other sort of door largely comprised of glass. Most double pane glass has an R-Value of 1.8 – compare to cardboard with an R-value of 3.
The solution? Insulating cellular shades! They look great, and they make an enormous difference in room temperature as well as energy saved. There are just two things to consider: mounting location and any obstructions, like handles or door frames.
Mounting Options For Each Type of Door
French Doors are rather versatile when it comes to choosing where you’d like to hang your shades. For a tidy look, hang a shade on each door, a couple inches above the glass. This way, you can open and close the door even if the shade is lowered. Or use one big shade to cover the whole opening, if that floats your boat!
For sliding doors, shades are normally installed either directly on the window frame, or above the frame. But if you do have at least ½” of depth in front of the door, you can hang the shade inside the frame. Customers tend to cover their sliding doors in one wide shade, instead of two narrower ones. Smoothy continuous cord shades are great for wide door shades!
Working Around Door Handles and Frames:
As the old saying goes, “where there’s a door, there’s a door handle.” Just kidding, we made that up today. But it’s a fact, and the location of your door handle can determine how you measure for your shades.
“Lever handles” are common on French doors. If the handle sticks out about 1 ½”, you ought to be able to just guide the bottom rail of the cellular shade behind it.
If the handle, or any other sort of doorknob, doesn’t stick out quite that much, you can pass the shade right over it. Or, if the handle doesn’t overlap with the glass, you could measure the shade width so that the shade covers the glass and stops before it touches the handle.
For an outside-the-frame mount, you need at least ¾” of flat, level mounting space. If the face of your doorframe has that much flat surface, that’s a great spot to hang the shade. Just make sure the door won’t hit the shade when it’s raised up.
Some doorframes are beveled and do not have that much flat space, which means you can mount the shade above the doorframe. If the trim is greater than 3/8” thick, ask us for “spacer blocks” or “extension brackets” so that you can hang your shade far enough forward that it passes neatly over the top of the frame for a nice, smooth operation every time.
Anything we missed in this post? Give us a call or send us an email and we’ll help you out!