The Different Types of Patio Door Shutters in Chicago

Richard Rampton

A glass patio door could be one of the most fashionable and attractive windows in your home, if you treat it right. A big part of doing so is choosing a window treatment for your patio door to keep your privacy and adjust the lighting in your home.

Far and away the most attractive and functional patio door window treatments are plantation shutters. And whether your patio door is a sliding door or french door, we can help you find a shutter style to complement your patio door.

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French Door Patio Shutters

Plantation shutters are great for french doors that open up to your patio because they’re so multi-faceted. For every style of patio french door you have, we can make a set of plantation shutters to fit them.

Is one door stationary or do both french doors open? Are the handles located near the interior or the exterior of the doorframe? Do you want a buffer so that your door doesn’t swing too far open and hit the wall? Interior shutters are the answer for any situation.

Don’t forget their other huge benefits. Plantation shutters offer unparalleled lighting control in your home, unlike drapes or shades that only give you: open or closed. Shutters will also outlive every other window treatment, and will last just as long as your french patio do. Shutters are also permanently attached to your french doors, so they won’t sway wildly when you open or close your doors. And with Sunburst’s premier 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.

Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Just like Chicago french doors, sliding glass patio doors come in a variety of configurations, and it can get a little hard to find a window treatment that matches your door exactly. Luckily, plantation shutters are custom-built to fit your sliding patio doors no matter how they open. Sliding door shutters have two different configurations: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

With bypass shutters for a sliding patio door, one or more shutter panel slides on a rail to open a path for your door.
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One of the biggest benefits of bypass patio shutters is that you don’t have to sacrifice privacy or lighting control or vice versa like you might with other window coverings. You can adjust the shutter louvers to a certain angle, allowing light to come in without exposing your interior to the outside world.

Bypass shutters for the most part are made with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, resulting in a more modern and sleek look to 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 rare than, bifold shutters usually have more shutter panels, giving you more control over light since you can adjust more individual louvers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Patio Door Shutters

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

It usually hinges on the shape, size, and location of your sliding door. Your shutter installer can help you find what will work best for your space.

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

In almost every single case, yes, you’ll have enough space. The reason why is that we can build a vast range of mounting and shutter frame options that can fit various styles 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 specifications. Sunburst Shutters Chicago 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?

They certainly can!

Will my door handle be in the way of shutters?

No, the Sunburst team is able to build shutters with custom cut-outs, which wrap around the door handle, giving you full access to it at all times.

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

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

Will shutters handle my pets scratching at the door?

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

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

Yes! With the total light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your furniture, flooring, photos on the wall and more will be kept safe from harsh sunlight.

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

No way – 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 bypass shutters on my patio door swing in the wind if my door is open?

Not a chance. Patio door shutters by Sunburst adhered to your door or frame solidly so that they won’t ever sway in the wind, even if your 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 Chicago can help. Get in touch with one of our window treatment pros by calling 847-250-6544 today or by filling out our online contact form below. We’ll be in touch to set up a in-home consultation.