Bypass & Bifold Shutters for Southern California Sliding Glass Doors Sliding doors in Southern California are the perfect partner for plantation shutters. Shutters help maximize your privacy, maintain your view, won’t sway like blinds or panel tracks, and may even outlast than the sliding door itself. If you’ve already decided on shutters for a sliding door, the next decision to make is what shutter configuration would best fit your sliding glass doors. Your Southern California plantation shutter pros at Sunburst offer two sliding door configurations: bypass and bifold. Let’s dive into the differences between them, and help you determine which one is right for your sliding doors. Bypass Shutters for Southern California Sliding Glass Doors The more prevalent of the two sliding door shutter builds is bypass shutters. In this setup, two or more shutter panels slide on a track mounted above a sliding glass door. The shutters are offset so the panels slide over each other for access to the door. Or if the sliding door has room to the side, the track can reach past the door to let the shutter completely slide away from the door. Remember that with a usual bypass shutter configuration, you’ll have a shutter panel over one pane of your sliding door at all times. Sliding glass door shutters in a bypass build are also a lot more durable than bifold shutters, as there are fewer articulation points that can get damaged or break. When to choose bypass sliding door shutters in Southern California: When you may not have a lot of space in front of the door, or want an easy to use but long-lasting shutter for your sliding door. Bifold Shutters for Sliding Doors in Southern California As the name suggests, bifold shutters for sliding glass doors are ones that fold. Rather than two large, solid shutter panels that slide back and forth on a rail, sliding door shutters in a bifold build are built with smaller panels that fold inward, clearing the path in front of your sliding door. When to put in bifold sliding glass door shutters: When you want to be able to move your shutters completely to one side of the door and you have adequate space beside the door for the shutters to collapse. Sliding Glass Door Shutter FAQs Will I lose any functionality out of my sliding glass door if I put in shutters? Not at all. We’ll make sure your sliding doors keep their range of motion and function by building a set of shutters that exactly fits your specific sliding door. How do I measure for sliding door shutters? Measuring your sliding door for plantation shutters is fairly easy. These are typically the measurements you’ll want to get: The height from the floor to the top of the door casing (or top of the jamb if there’s no casing). The width of the jamb of the door. The length and width of the sliding glass panes. But you don’t have to measure yourself; your installation team can easily measure your sliding door for you for free during an in-home consultation. How much room do I need around my sliding door to put in shutters? With the customizability we offer in all of our plantation shutters, we can design a custom set of shutters to match your sliding door, no matter the amount of space there is above or around it. How Are Sliding Shutters Built? The first thing we do is measure the width and length of each segment of your glass door. We also note whether there’s room on either side of the doors. This helps us figure out whether a bypass or bifold configuration should be used. We return to our shop and order the hand-built plantation shutters to fit those configurations. Utilizing our state-of-the-art technology and customized design templates based on your doors, we design and manufacture the sliding glass door shutters ,integrating the finishes and colors of your choosing. Our skilled installers install the sliding shutters on your sliding glass doors, ensuring the louvers can be tilted and that the panels are adjustable. This offers you an open view and simplifies cleaning your shutters. Find A Solution For Your Sliding Glass Door If you’re still not sure what kind of shutters might be best for your sliding glass door, don’t worry! We can help you find the right fit for your house during our free in-home shutter consultation. To set yours up, just call 888-611-2474 or fill out our form below.