The Different Types of Patio Door Shutters in Philadelphia

Holly Perron

A glass patio door can be one of the most stylish and attractive windows in your home, if you treat it right. A large part of that is choosing a window treatment for your patio door to preserve your privacy and control for light.

By far the most attractive and effective patio door window treatments are plantation shutters. And whether your patio door is a sliding door or french door, there’s a style of plantation shutter to complement your patio door.

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French Door Patio Shutters

Plantation shutters are adaptable, which makes them perfect for french patio doors. For any kind of patio french door, we can make a set of plantation shutters to fit them.

Is one door stationary or do both french doors open? Are the handles near the interior or the exterior of the doorframe? Is it important to have a buffer so the doors don’t swing open too far and hit the wall? Interior shutters are perfect for any situation.

Not to mention their other huge benefits. Interior shutters offer more control over lighting than any other window treatment, compared to curtains or blinds where you only have two choices: shut or open. Shutters will also outlive any other window covering, and will survive as long as your french patio do. Shutters are also installed right onto your doors, so they don’t sway wildly when you open or close go through the patio door. And with our premier faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you get best in class energy efficiency, which is especially important with how much heat can come and go through the big french door windows.

Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Similar to Philadelphia french doors, sliding glass patio doors can vary, and it could be somewhat hard to find a window treatment that matches your door exactly. Fortunately, shutters are custom-built to fit exactly how your sliding patio doors work. Shutters for sliding patio doors will fall under one of two types: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

With bypass shutters for a sliding patio door, one panel slides on a track to give you access to the door.
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One of the biggest benefits of bypass shutters for a patio door is that it doesn’t sacrifice light control to get privacy or vice versa like you might with other window coverings. You can open the shutter louvers to any angle, without opening up your home interior to anyone who passes by.

Bypass shutters for the most part are made with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, resulting in a a modern and clean style for your patio door.

Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters

As you can gather from the name, bifold sliding door shutters fold and collapse into themselves and can move away from your sliding door. While a little more rare than, bifold shutters give you more shutter panels, giving you more effective light control since you have access to more individual louvers to adjust.

Frequently Asked Questions about Patio Door Shutters

How do I know if I need bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door?

It mainly depends on the the space around your sliding glass door. Your Sunburst pro can help you determine what will work best for your home.

Is there enough room around my sliding door to put in shutters?

In most cases, yes, there will be enough room. That’s because there are a wide array of frame and mount configurations that can fit various types of sliding patio doors.

My french doors open in opposite directions – will that work with shutters?

As with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are custom built to your exact needs. Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia is able to create 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?

They certainly can!

Will my door handle get in the way of installing 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?

With how adaptable shutters are, you’ll only have to cover your transom if you want to.

Will shutters survive pets scratching at the door?

No treatment can eliminate scuffs from pets. But for the best overall performance and durability, your best bet is Polywood plantation shutters.

Do patio door shutters help protect my flooring and furniture from fading?

Absolutely! With the unmatched light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your belongings, floors, art on the wall on the wall and more will be guarded from harsh UV light.

When putting in patio door shutters, is anything screwed into my floor?

No way – all of our patio door shutters adhere to either the door frame itself or the wall around the door, depending on the style you get.

Will patio door shutters sway in the breeze when I leave the door open?

Not a chance. Patio door shutters by Sunburst heavy, sturdy and solid enough that they won’t ever sway in the wind, even if the door is wide open.

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 Philadelphia can help. Drop us a line by calling 215-874-4897 today or by filling out our online contact form below. We’ll get in touch soon schedule your in-home consultation.