The Different Styles of Patio Door Shutters in Boise10/29/2015Spencer Madsen Your patio door could be an extremely stylish part of your home, if you take care of it. A large part of doing so is choosing how to cover the patio door to protect your privacy and adjust the lighting in your home. By far the most fashionable and functional patio door window treatments are plantation shutters. And whether your patio door is a sliding door or french door, there’s a shutter style to accentuate your setup. French Door Patio Shutters Plantation shutters are great for french doors that open up to your patio because they’re so versatile. For every style of french patio door, Sunburst can make a set of plantation shutters for you. Is one door stationary or do both french doors open? Are the handles located near the interior or the exterior of the frame? Is it important to have a buffer so the doors don’t swing too far open and hit a wall? Interior shutters are what you need in any situation. And that’s without mentioning their other huge benefits. Interior shutters give you complete light control, compared to curtains or shades where you only have two choices: open or shut. Shutters also outlive any other window treatment, and can survive just as long as your patio doors do. Shutters are also installed right onto your doors, so they don’t sway wildly when you open or close the door. And with our premier faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you can get best in class energy efficiency, which is especially important with how much heat can come and go through those large glass panes. Sliding Patio Door Shutters Like Boise french doors, sliding glass patio doors can vary, and it could get super tricky to find a window treatment that works in tandem with your sliding patio door. Luckily, plantation shutters are custom-made to fit your sliding patio doors no matter how they open. Shutters for sliding patio doors can be built in two different ways: bypass or bifold. Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters A bypass sliding door shutter has panels that slide over one another, similar to the sliding door itself. One of the biggest benefits of bypass patio shutters is that you don’t have to sacrifice light control when you want privacy like you would with other window treatments. You can open the shutter louvers to any angle, letting light in without opening up your home interior to anyone who passes by. Bypass shutters usually are built with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, resulting in a sleeker and more modern look to your patio door. Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters Like their name implies, bifold sliding door shutters fold and collapse into themselves and can move away from your patio door. While not as common as bypass sliding door shutters, bifold shutters give you more shutter panels, giving you more control over light since you have access to more individual louvers to adjust. Frequently Asked Questions about Patio Door Shutters How do I figure out if I should get bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door? It mainly depends on the the space around your door. Your shutter installer can help you determine which is best for your house. Do I have enough room on my sliding door to put in shutters? In almost every single case, yes, there’s enough space. That’s because there are a vast range of frame and mount configurations that can fit different kinds of sliding patio doors. My french doors open in different directions – is that an issue for shutters? Just like with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are built to your exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions can help build you a frame and mounting that won’t get in the way of your french doors. Can shutters fold away from my glass patio door to give me a full view outside? Yes! Will my door handle be in the way of shutters? No, the Sunburst team can build shutters with custom cut-outs, which wrap around the door handle, giving you full access to it at all times. Will I have to cover my transom if I put shutters on my patio door? Only if that’s what you want to do. One of the best things about shutters is how adaptable they are. Are shutters durable enough to withstand pets scratching at the door? No treatment can completely get rid of scuffs from pets. But for unmatched protection, we recommend our Polywood plantation shutters. Will patio door shutters help protect my flooring and furniture from fading? They sure will! With the fantastic light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in UV protection. Your furniture, flooring, photos on the wall and everything else inside will be safeguarded from harsh sunlight. When installing patio door shutters, will you have to screw anything into my floor? No way – no matter what style of patio door shutters you choose, they adhere to either the wall around the door or the door frame itself, depending on the frame and mount you go with. Will patio door shutters swing in the wind when I leave the door open? Not a chance. Plantation shutters on a sliding patio door are heavy enough, sturdy enough, and constructed solidly enough that there’s never any wavering or swaying in the wind, even when your door is completely open. Time to Make Your Patio Doors Shine Brighter Are you ready to treat your patio doors like the awesome home features they are? If so, Sunburst Shutters & Window Fashions can help. Drop us a line by calling 208-609-9129 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll be in touch to schedule your free consultation.