Bypass & Bifold Shutters for Chicago Sliding Glass Doors Plantation shutters are fantastic for sliding doors in Chicago. Shutters protect your privacy, maintain your view, won’t sway like vertical blinds or drapes, and will probably last longer than the sliding door itself. If you’ve already decided on shutters for a sliding door, the next decision to make is what kind of shutters would look best with the sliding glass doors in your space. The Chicago plantation shutter pros at Sunburst offer two sliding door builds: bypass and bifold. Here we’ll compare the two, and settle on which one is right for your home. Bypass Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors in Chicago The more prevalent of the two sliding glass door shutter options is bypass shutters. For bypass shutters, multiple shutter panels slide on a track mounted above your sliding 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. Remember that with a typical 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, because there are fewer articulation points that can get damaged or break. 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. Bifold 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. When to put in bifold sliding glass door shutters: If you want to be able to move your shutters completely off to the side of the door and you have adequate space on either side of the door for the shutters to fold. 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 perfectly fits your door frame. How do I measure my sliding glass door for shutters? Measuring your sliding glass door to fit shutters isn’t hard at all. These are typically the measurements you’ll need to take: The height from the floor to the top of the door casing (or top of the jamb if there’s no casing). 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 to install 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 length and width of each segment of your glass door. We also record whether there’s room on either side of the doors. This tells us if we should use a bypass or bifold configuration. Then, we head back to our office and order the hand-fashioned plantation shutters to fit those configurations. Taking advantage of cutting-edge technology and custom design templates based on your door’s measurements, we design and construct the sliding glass door shutters ,integrating the finishes and colors of your choosing. Our skilled installers install the sliding shutters on your sliding glass doors, double checking that the louvers can be opened 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 you need for your sliding glass door, that’s okay! We can help you find the right fit for your space when you take advantage of our free in-home shutter consultation. To schedule yours, just call 847-250-6544 or use the form below.