The Different Styles of Patio Door Shutters in Cleveland

Nate Gromen

A glass patio door could be a very interesting part of your home, if you treat it right. A large part of doing so is deciding on how to cover the 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 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 multi-faceted. 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 your wall? Plantation shutters are perfect for any situation.

Not to mention 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 installed right onto your 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 your patio doors can play a part in your home’s temperature.

Shutters for Sliding Patio Doors

Like Cleveland french doors, sliding glass patio doors can vary, and it might get super hard 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 sliding door shutters, one shutter panel slides away from your door and in front of the other.
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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

Like their name implies, 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 give you more shutter panels, giving you more discriminating light control since you have access to more individual louvers to adjust.

Patio Door Shutter FAQs

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 house.

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 wide array of frame and mount options that can fit different types of sliding patio doors.

My french doors open in opposite directions – is that an issue for 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 move 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 cut-outs which make room for 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 withstand 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, your best bet is Polywood plantation shutters.

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

They sure will! With the unmatched 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 bypass shutters on my patio door 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 up the style and usability of your patio doors? If so, Sunburst Shutters Cleveland wants to help. Drop us a line by calling 440-561-6787 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll be in touch to schedule your in-home consultation.