Your patio door could be an extremely stylish part of your home, if you take care of it. A big part of doing so is deciding on how to cover the patio door to protect your privacy and control for light.
Far and away the best-looking and most functional window treatments for patio doors are plantation shutters. And regardless of whether your patio door is a sliding door or french door, there’s a shutter style to accentuate your patio door.
French Door Patio Shutters
Plantation shutters are superb for french patio doors because they’re so adaptable. For every style of french patio door you have, Sunburst can make a set of plantation shutters to fit them.
Is one door stationary or do both french doors open? Are the door handles towards the interior or the exterior of the doorframe? Is it important to have a buffer so your door doesn’t swing open too far and hit your wall? Interior shutters are what you need in any situation.
Don’t forget their other vast benefits. Interior shutters give you unparalleled lighting control in your home, compared to curtains or shades where you only have two choices: open or closed. Shutters will also outlive any other window covering, and can last just as long as your patio doors do. Shutters are also affixed directly to your patio doors, so they don’t sway wildly when you open or close your doors. And with Sunburst’s premier faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you get unparalleled energy efficiency, and that’s particularly important given how much your patio doors can play a part in your home’s temperature.
Sliding Patio Door Shutters
Like Detroit french doors, sliding glass patio doors can vary, and it might get a little difficult to find a window treatment that works with how your doors slide. Luckily, plantation shutters are custom-made to fit exactly how your sliding patio doors work. Sliding door shutters have two different configurations: bypass or bifold.
Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters
A bypass sliding door shutter has one shutter panel that slides horizontally to one side in front of or behind another panel, similar to the sliding door itself.
One of the biggest benefits of bypass shutters for a patio door is that you don’t have to sacrifice light control when you want privacy like you would 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 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 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 can adjust more individual louvers.
Frequently Asked Questions about Patio Door Shutters
How do I decide if I need bypass or bifold sliding patio door shutters?
It mainly hinges on the shape, size, and location of your sliding glass door. Your shutter installer can help you find which is best for your space.
Do I have enough room on my sliding door to put in shutters?
In just about any case, yes, there will be more than enough room. That’s because we can build a vast range 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-made to your exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters Detroit is able to create a mount and frame that won’t interfere with how your patio doors operate.
Can shutters fold away from my glass patio door so I can get a full view?
Will my door handle be in the way of shutters?
No, our expert team can build shutters with cut-outs which make room for your door handle.
If I install shutters on my patio door, will I also need to cover my transom window?
Only if you want to cover the transom. The beauty of shutters is in how adaptable they are.
Are shutters durable enough to survive pets scratching at the door?
No treatment can completely get rid of scratch marks. But for unmatched protection, we recommend our Polywood plantation shutters.
Will patio door shutters help protect my furniture and carpet from fading?
They sure will! With the unrivaled light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your furniture, carpet, art on the wall on the wall and more will be guarded from harsh light.
When putting in 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 style you get.
Will bypass shutters on my patio door sway in the breeze when I leave the door open?
Not a chance. Patio door shutters by Sunburst heavy, sturdy and solid enough that there’s never any wavering or swaying in the breeze, even if the door is completely open.
Get Your Patio Doors Looking Beautiful
Are you ready to up the style and usability of your patio doors? If so, Sunburst Shutters Detroit wants to help. Drop us a line by calling 248-429-9294 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll be in touch to schedule your free consultation.