Your patio door could be one of the most fashionable and interesting windows in 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 no matter if your patio door is a sliding door or french door, you can find a shutter style to complement 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 type 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 open too far and hit your 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 swing wildly when you open or close your doors. And with our premier faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you’ll get best in class energy efficiency, which is especially important with how much your patio doors can play a part in your home’s temperature.
Sliding Patio Door Shutters
Like Boise french doors, sliding glass patio doors can vary, and it might get super tricky to find a window treatment that matches your door exactly. Luckily, interior 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 to get privacy or vice versa like you would with other window treatments. You can open the shutter louvers to any angle, letting light in without leaving your home interior completely visible from the outside.
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.
Patio Door Shutter Frequently Asked Questions
How do I decide if I want bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door?
It mainly depends on the the space around your patio door. Your shutter installer can help you figure out which is best for your space.
Do I have enough room on my sliding door to put in shutters?
In most cases, yes, there’s enough space. That’s because there are a wide array of frame and mount builds that can fit different styles 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?
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.
If I get shutters on my patio door, will I also have to cover my transom window?
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?
Yes! With the fantastic light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in UV protection. Your furniture, floors, photos on the wall and everything else inside will be kept safe from harsh sunlight.
When installing patio door shutters, will you have to screw anything into my floor?
No – 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 get.
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, sturdy and solid enough that there’s never any wavering or swaying in the wind, even when your door is ajar.
Time to Make Your Patio Doors Shine Brighter
Are you ready to up the style and usability of your patio doors? 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.