Your patio door could be one of the most stylish and attractive windows in your home, if you take care of it. A big part of that is choosing how to cover the patio door to protect your privacy and control for light.
By far the best-looking and most effective window treatments for patio doors are plantation shutters. And no matter if your patio door is a french door or sliding glass door, there’s a shutter style to match your setup.
Shutters for Patio French Doors
Plantation shutters are versatile, which makes them fantastic for french patio doors. For every style of french patio door you might have, Sunburst can build a set of plantation shutters for you.
Does just one door open, or both french doors? Are the handles near the inside or the outside of the doorframe? Is it important to have a buffer so the doors don’t swing too far open and hit the wall? Interior shutters are what you need in any situation.
Not to mention their other vast benefits. Shutters offer complete light control, unlike drapes or shades that only give you: shut or open. Shutters also outlast any other window covering, and can last just as long as your patio doors do. Shutters are also affixed directly to your patio doors, so they won’t swing open when you open your doors. And with Sunburst’s premier faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you can get unrivaled energy efficiency, and that’s particularly important given how much your patio doors can play a part in the temperature in your home.
Shutters for Sliding Patio Doors
Just like Southern California french doors, sliding glass patio doors can have a lot of variation, and it might be somewhat hard to find a window treatment that matches your door exactly. Luckily, plantation shutters are custom-made to fit your sliding patio doors no matter how they open. Sliding door shutters fall under one of two categories: bypass or bifold.
Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters
With bypass sliding door shutters, one shutter panel slides off your door and in front of the other.
One of the biggest benefits of bypass shutters for a patio door is that you don’t have to sacrifice light control when you want privacy like you might with other window treatments. You can adjust the shutter louvers to a certain angle, letting light in without letting the outside world get an open view of the inside of your home.
Bypass shutters usually come in fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, giving you a sleeker and more modern style for your patio door.
Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters
As you can gather from the name, bifold sliding door shutters fold in on themselves and fold away from your patio door. While a little more uncommon compared to bypass shutters, bifold shutters have more shutter panels, giving you more discriminating light control since you can adjust more individual louvers.
FAQs about Patio Door Shutters
How do I figure out if I should get bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door?
It mainly hinges on the shape, size, and location of your sliding glass patio door. Your shutter installer can help you determine which is best for your home.
Is there enough room around my sliding door to put in shutters?
In almost every single case, yes, there will be enough space. The reason why is that there are a vast range of mounting and shutter frame builds that can fit different styles of sliding patio doors.
My french doors open in different directions – will that work with shutters?
Just like with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are made to your door’s exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters Southern CA can help build you a mount and frame that won’t interfere with how your patio doors operate.
Can shutters stack away from my glass patio door to allow full glass views?
Will my door handle get in the way of installing shutters?
No, our expert team is able to build shutters with cut-outs which make room for your door handle.
If I install shutters on my patio door, do I also need to cover my transom window?
Only if that’s what you want to do. One of the best things about shutters is how customizable they are.
Will shutters handle my pets scratching at the door?
No treatment can eliminate scuffs from pets. But for the best overall performance and durability, we recommend our Polywood plantation shutters.
Do shutters on my patio door help protect my flooring and furniture from fading?
They sure will! With the total light control of plantation shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your furniture, floors, art on the wall on the wall and everything else inside will be protected from harsh UV light.
When installing patio door shutters, is anything screwed into my floor?
Not at all – no matter what style of patio door shutters you choose, they adhere to either the door frame itself or the wall around the door, depending on the style you go with.
Will plantation shutters sway in the wind when the door isn’t shut?
No worries here. Plantation shutters on a sliding patio door are adhered to your door or frame solidly so that they won’t ever sway in the wind, even if the door is ajar.
Time to Make Your Patio Doors Shine Brighter
Are you ready to let your patio doors reach their full fashion potential? If so, Sunburst Shutters Southern CA can help. Get in touch with Sunburst by calling 888-611-2474 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll be in touch to set up a free consultation.