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Bifold Bypass Shutters For Southern California Sliding Glass Doors

Indoor shutters are great for sliding glass doors in Southern California. Shutters protect your privacy, block light, won’t sway like blinds or shades, and can even outlast than the sliding door itself. If you’ve already decided on sliding door shutters, the only other decision to make is what kind of shutters would work best for your sliding doors.

The Southern California plantation shutter experts at Sunburst offer two sliding door types: bypass and bifold. Here we’ll dive into the differences between them, and find out which one is right for your home.

Bypass Shutters For Glass Doors In Southern California

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

The more prevalent of the two sliding door shutter builds is bypass shutters. In this setup, two shutter panels slide on a track mounted above a sliding glass door. The panels are offset so one-panel slides in front of the other for easy operation of the door. Or if you have room to the side of your sliding door, the track can reach past the door to allow the shutter panel to completely slide out from in front of the glass door.

Bypass shutters in a dining room
Bear in mind that with a usual set of bypass shutters, there will be a shutter panel over one side of your sliding door all the time. Bypass shutters for sliding doors are also somewhat more resilient than bifold shutters, since there are fewer moving parts that can get damaged or break.
Bifold shutters on sliding glass doors
When to put in bypass sliding door shutters in Southern California: When you may not have a large amount of space in front of the door, or want a low maintenance but durable shutter on your sliding door.

Bi-fold Shutters For Sliding Glass Doors In Southern California

As the name suggests, bifold shutters for sliding glass doors are ones that fold. Instead of two large, solid shutter panels that slide back and forth on a rail, sliding door shutters in a bifold build are separated into smaller panels that fold inward, clearing the way in front of your sliding glass door.

Reclaimed wood bifold shutters
When to choose bifold shutters If you want to stack panels to one side of the door and you have enough space beside the door for the shutters to collapse.

Sliding Door Shutter FAQs

Will I still be able to open and close my sliding glass door if I put in shutters?

Yes! We’ll make sure your sliding doors retain their range of motion and function by designing a set of shutters that perfectly fits your specific sliding door.

How do I measure for sliding door shutters?

Measuring your sliding door to fit shutters is fairly easy. These are typically the measurements you’ll need to take:

  • The height from the top of the door casing to the floor.

  • The width of the door jamb.

  • The width and length of the glass panes.

But don’t worry too much about getting those measurements; your installer will be happy to measure your sliding door for you for free during your in-home consultation.

How much room do I need around my sliding door to put in shutters?

With new advances every day in shutter technology, we can build you a custom set of shutters to match your sliding glass door, regardless of how much space you have above or around it.


How Are Sliding Shutters Built?

We start by measuring the width and length of each portion of your glass door. We also mark whether there’s room on either side of the doors. This helps us figure out if we should use a bypass or bifold configuration. We head back to our office and order the hand-crafted plantation shutters that fit your doors and configuration. Using a combination of cutting-edge technology and custom design templates based on your doors, we design and build the sliding glass door shutters ,integrating the finishes and colors of your choosing.

Our skilled installers mount the sliding shutters on your sliding glass doors, double checking the louvers on the shutters can open and that the panels are movable. This gives you an open view and shutters that are easy to clean.


Find Your Sliding Door Shutter Solution

If you’re unsure what window treatment to get for your sliding glass door, don’t worry! The Sunburst Shutters Southern CA team can help you find the right fit for your home during our free in-home shutter consultation. To schedule yours, just call 888-611-2474 or fill out our form below.