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Should You Add Motorized Shutters to Your French Doors?


French doors, hinged patio doors with large glass panels, are classic, stylish, and almost always a good choice for any home. French doors are most commonly used as openings onto balconies, yards, or decks, as they are great as they bring in tons of light into your home and open up a space. However, what do you do about privacy and light control for French doors? Adding shutters with motorization to your French doors might be the answer.

What can window shutters do for your French doors? Lots! Including these 4 benefits:

  • Energy Efficiency – French doors, like windows, are made of mostly glass. Therefore, they need a little extra help when it comes to insulation. Shutters reduce airflow and heat transfer on French doors, helping to control the temperature inside your home without putting extra pressure on your heating and cooling system. You can find shutters that come with included weatherstripping for even more insulation, or shutters made from engineered wood for increased airflow and heat transfer reduction. Even better, shutters with Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization can increase energy efficiency even more.
  • Stability – You don’t want your window treatment falling off of the French doors or banging around when the doors are opened or closed. Shutters are stable, and securely locked into place so you don’t have to worry about them falling or flying around like blinds or shades. Shutters are firmly mounted to the non-glass part of the French door, so they won’t rattle or sway then the door is used. You can even find shutters that are custom made for your doors for an even better fit.
  • Privacy and Light Control – While a French door’s expansive glass is beautiful it can also make it tough to keep a handle on your privacy and light control preferences. Shutters are a great solution for that. Shutters allow you to customize both light and privacy on your French doors, as their louvered design is easily opened or closed depending on your need or preference. If you want light coming in from the top, just open up the top shutter. If you want total privacy, you can shut the entire shutter. You can also tilt the louvers with Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization for privacy that still allows natural light to come in.
  • Durability – Your French doors probably see a lot of use, especially if they open onto your patio or backyard. You need window treatments that can stand up to this use, and shutters fit the bill. Shutters are usually made from tough materials like composites, woods, and synthetics, so they continue to look and function well after years of daily use.

These are just a few of the many reasons why adding motorized shutters, especially those with Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization, to your French doors can greatly benefit you and your home.


Do you have more questions on French doors or motorization in general? All you have to do is reach out to McNeill Palm. You can visit us or give us call to learn more.

Hurricane Window Coverings and Motorized Louvered Pergolas

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Florida has seen its share of hurricanes and other severe weather. Adding hurricane window coverings and motorized louvered pergolas to your home can not only help protect you and your property during severe weather, but can also add additional security and peace of mind in the face of natural disasters, break-ins, and other similar issues. Here is a list of different varieties and their pros and cons to help you learn more about your options:

  • Accordion Shutters – This shutter style is set apart by a one- or two-piece construction that folds away on either side of a window when not in use. They fold out like an accordion to add protection. Accordion shutters are permanent and can be locked to add security. However, they can look bulky and are therefore not very stylish and are also easier to break than other kinds of shutters.
  • Motorized Louvred Pergolas – Allow fresh air, sunshine, breezes and all the wonderful things about the great outdoors into your outdoor seating area while maintaining control with a motorized louvred pergola. What’s more, these pergolas are also easy to roll away in the event of inclement or severe weather, making them an ideal choice for Florida.
  • Storm Panel Shutters – Generally made of aluminum or steel, these shutters are attached to the walls around the window on bolts or tracks. They have corrugated panels that overlap, making them very secure. Storm panel shutters come in three different styles, making it easy to choose the one that’s best for you and your home. One style uses both tracks and bolts. The second style has C-shapes tracks at the top and bottom of the window, while the third only has bolts to secure it to the wall. Storm panels are great as they are inexpensive and strong, but are bad as they can be tough to install and use.
  • motorized louvered pergolasBahamas Shutters – These window shutters are one-piece louvered shutters that are attached above the windows they protect and prop up to open. They can be lowered for extra protection, which is convenient. They are also easy to use, permanent, and usually aesthetically pleasing. However, Bahamas shutters can be weaker than other types, and often block too much light for some homeowners.
  • Roll Down Shutters – Roll down shutters are attached to the wall above the window, and can be rolled away and stored in an enclosed box when not in use. They also come in different styles, which each one using various rolling methods like hand cranks or automatic buttons. These shutters are great for added protection, and are easy for one person to use. However, they can be very expensive and oftentimes require a battery backup system in case of power outages.

No matter what kind of window covering is interesting to you for your home, you can count on McNeill Palm for expert assistance when it comes to motorized louvered pergolas. Please visit us or give us a call today for more information on what we can do for you and your home.

Cordless Cellular Window Shades

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If you’re looking for new motorized shades for your home, you’ve probably done a lot of research, and have a long list of wants that most likely includes energy efficiency, safety, and affordability. It might seem impossible to find shades that have all those items, but its not. Cordless cellular motorized shades offer insulation, child and pet safety, style, and a wide variety of options. You really can have it all if you go with cellular shades.

Cordless motorized shades operate differently based on what kind of cordless function they have. There are a few different options, each with a different function:

  1. Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Lift: Lift or Lower the bottom or top of your shade with the simple press of a button.
  2. Cordless Lift: Lift your shade with the press of a button. Release the button to lock it into place.
  3. Standard Cordless Top Down Bottom Up Lift: Just lift or lower the plastic lips on the top rail or bottom rail of the shade.
  4. Standard Cordless Lift: Just lift the plastic lip on the bottom rail of the shade to the desired height.
  5. Motorized: Pick your desired height using a remote control or even an app on your phone.

Cordless cellular motorized shades have a lot of great benefits. The first is superior insulation. When it’s hot outside, you want your house to be cool, but when it’s cold outside, you want your house to be warm. Cellular shades are built with cells that help trap air and create a barrier between the window and the room, helping you achieve this ideal temperature level all year round. You can find cellular shades made with a single cellular layer, or a double shade, which has two layers of cells for even more insulation.

motorized shades 1Second, cordless cellular motorized shades are safe. Shade cords can be very dangerous for both children and pets, as the cords can get wrapped around necks, arms, legs and paws, potentially leading to choking or loss of circulation. Cordless cellular shades eliminate this danger because they don’t have external cords. Cordless shades still have cords, but they’re built to be on the inside of the shade, making them inaccessible for little fingers or paws.

Cordless cellular shades come in lots of different types, each with specific benefits. For example, top down bottom up shades allow you to have the window partially uncovered to let in light but still have privacy. Blackout shades offer complete darkness for sleeping or watching a movie, and light filtering let some light in but stops people outside from being able to see in. Finally, cordless cellular shades have great style options. Various shades have various cell sizes, and also different colors from white and cream to grey, black, green, blue and more. There is a cordless cellular shade option for every home.

If you want to learn more about motorized shades, just reach out to McNeill Palm. We’re happy to do whatever we can to help you find the best window treatment for you and your home.