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2 Styles Of Patio Door Shutters For Your Cleveland Home

October 29, 2015

A glass patio door could be one of the most stylish and attractive windows in your home, if you treat it right. A large part of doing so is deciding on how to cover the patio door to protect your privacy and control for light.

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

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Shutters for Patio French Doors

Plantation shutters are superb for french doors that open up to your patio because they’re so adaptable. For every type of patio french door you might have, our team can build a set of plantation shutters to fit them.

Does just one door open, or both french doors? Are the door handles near the interior or the exterior of the doorframe? Is it important to have a buffer so that the doors don’t swing all the way open and hit a wall? Plantation shutters are perfect for any situation.

Don’t forget their other numerous benefits. Interior shutters offer more control over lighting than any other window treatment, compared to curtains or shades where you only have two choices: shut or open. Shutters will also outlive any other window treatment, and can last just as long as your patio doors do. Shutters are also affixed directly to your patio doors, so they don’t swing wildly when you open go through the patio door. And with Sunburst’s patented faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you can get best in class energy efficiency, and that’s particularly important given how much heat can pass through the tall french door windows.

Shutters for Sliding Patio Doors

Like Cleveland french doors, sliding glass patio doors can vary, and it might get super difficult to find a window treatment that works with how your doors slide. Luckily, interior 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 rail to give you access to the door.
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The best part 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 leaving your home interior completely visible from the outside.

Bypass shutters typically come in fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, resulting in a sleeker and more modern look to your patio door.

Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters

As the name suggests, bifold sliding door shutters fold in on themselves and fold away from your patio door. While a little more uncommon compared to bypass shutters, bifold shutters have more shutter panels, giving you more effective light control since you have access to more individual louvers to adjust.

FAQs about Patio Door Shutters

How do I figure out if I should get bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door?

It mainly hinges on the shape, size, and location of your sliding glass patio door. Your Sunburst Shutters professionals can help you find what will work best for your space.

Is there enough room around my sliding door to install shutters?

In just about any case, yes, you’ll have enough space. That’s because there are a vast range of frame and mount options that can fit different types of sliding patio doors.

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

Just like with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are custom-made to your exact needs. Sunburst Shutters Cleveland is able to create a mount and frame that will let your patio doors open fully.

Can shutters stack away from my glass patio door to allow full glass views?


Will my door handle be in the way of shutters?

No, the Sunburst team is able to build shutters with custom made cut-outs that give you access to your door handle.

If I install shutters on my patio door, will I also have to cover my transom window?

Only if you want to cover the transom. One of the best things about shutters is how customizable they are.

Are shutters durable enough to handle my pets scratching at the door?

There’s no window treatment that can completely get rid of scuffs from pets. But for unrivaled strength and durability, we recommend our Polywood plantation shutters.

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

They sure will! With the total light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your belongings, flooring, art on the wall on the wall and everything else inside will be protected from harsh sunlight.

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

Not at all – 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 style you choose.

Will plantation shutters swing in the wind when I leave the door open?

No worries here. Plantation shutters on a sliding patio door are heavy enough, sturdy enough, and constructed solidly enough that they won’t ever sway in the breeze, even if the door is wide open.

Get Your Patio Doors Looking Beautiful

Are you ready to let your patio doors reach their full fashion potential? If so, Sunburst Shutters Cleveland wants to help. Get in touch with one of our window treatment pros by calling 440-561-6787 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll be in touch to schedule your in-home consultation.