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Bypass Bifold Shutters For Chicago Sliding Glass Doors

Plantation shutters are a fantastic choice for sliding glass doors in Chicago. These shutters protect your privacy, block light, won’t sway like vertical blinds or drapes, and can even outlast the sliding door itself. If you’ve already decided on plantation shutters for your sliding glass door, the next step is to determine what type of shutters would look best with the sliding glass doors in your space.

The Chicago plantation shutter experts at Sunburst offer two sliding door designs: bypass and bifold. Here, we’ll compare the two options to help you decide which is right for your home.


Bypass Shutters For Glass Doors In Chicago

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

The more popular of the two sliding glass door shutter options is bypass shutters. For bypass shutters, two or more shutter panels slide on a track mounted above the door. The shutter panels are offset so one-panel slides in front of the other for access to the door. Or if you have room to the side of your sliding door, the track can reach beyond the door to let the shutter completely slide to the side.

Bypass shutters in a dining room
Remember that with almost every bypass shutter configuration, there will be a shutter panel covering one pane of your sliding glass door at all times. Sliding glass door shutters in a bypass build are also somewhat stronger than bifold shutters, since there are fewer articulation points that can get damaged or break.
Bifold shutters on sliding glass doors
When to choose bypass sliding door shutters in Chicago: When you might not have a large amount of space in front of your door, or want a low maintenance but durable shutter on your sliding door.

Bi-fold Shutters For Sliding Glass Doors In Chicago

As the name suggests, bifold shutters for sliding glass doors are ones that fold. Rather than two large, solid shutter panels that slide on a rail, bifold shutters are separated into smaller panels that fold inward, clearing the way in front of your door.

Reclaimed wood bifold shutters
When to put in bifold shutters If you want to be able to move your shutters completely off to the side of the door and you have adequate space to the sides of the door for the shutters to collapse.

Sliding Glass Door Shutter FAQs

Will I lose any functionality out of my sliding glass door if I install shutters?

Not at all. We’ll ensure that your sliding doors retain their functionality and full range of motion by designing a shutter and frame combo that seamlessly fits your door frame.

How do I measure my sliding glass door for shutters?

Measuring your sliding patio door to fit shutters isn’t hard at all. These are typically the measurements you’ll need to take:

  • The height from the top of the door casing to the floor.

  • The width of the jamb of the door.

  • The height and width of the sliding glass panes.

But don’t feel like you have to measure it all on your own; your installer will be happy to measure your sliding door for you free of charge during your in-home consultation.

How much room do I need around my sliding door for shutters?

With the amount of customization we have over our different shutter builds, we can design a set of shutters to match your sliding door, no matter how much space there is above or around it.


How Do We Design Sliding Shutters?

To begin, we measure the dimensions of each portion of your glass door. We also mark whether there’s room on either side of the doors. This tells us if we should use a bypass or bifold configuration. We head back to our store and order the hand-crafted plantation shutters that fit your doors and configuration. Using a combination of cutting-edge technology and customized design templates based on your door’s measurements, we design and build the sliding glass door shutters ,integrating the finishes and colors you choose.

Our skilled installers mount the sliding shutters on your sliding glass doors, ensuring the louvers on the shutters can be tilted and also that the panels are mobile. This offers you an open view and easier cleaning.


Find Your Sliding Door Shutter Solution

If you’re unsure what kind of shutters might be best for your sliding glass door, that’s okay! We can help you find the right fit for your house when you take advantage of our free in-home shutter consultation. To schedule yours, just call 847-250-6544 or use the form below.

Why Choose Plantation Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors?

Aesthetic Appeal

Plantation shutters are known for their timeless elegance and ability to complement various interior design styles. Their clean lines and classic look can enhance the aesthetic appeal of any room, from traditional to contemporary. By choosing plantation shutters for your sliding glass doors, you can create a cohesive and sophisticated look throughout your home.

Enhanced Privacy and Light Control

One of the primary benefits of plantation shutters is their superior ability to control light and privacy. The adjustable louvers allow you to fine-tune the amount of natural light entering the room while maintaining your privacy. Whether you want to let in the morning sun or block out the afternoon glare, plantation shutters give you the flexibility to adjust the ambiance to your preference.

Energy Efficiency

Plantation shutters can also improve the energy efficiency of your home. The thick, insulating materials help to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter by reducing heat transfer through your sliding glass doors. This can lead to lower energy bills and a more comfortable living environment year-round.

Durability and Low Maintenance

Made from high-quality materials like wood, composite, or vinyl, plantation shutters are built to last. They are resistant to warping, cracking, and fading, making them a durable choice for high-traffic areas like sliding glass doors. Additionally, plantation shutters are easy to clean and maintain, requiring only a quick wipe with a damp cloth to keep them looking pristine.