The Different Types of Patio Door Shutters in Fort Lauderdale10/29/2015Danielle Micich A glass patio door could be a very interesting part of your home, if you treat it right. A large part of that is choosing a window treatment for your patio door to protect your privacy and adjust the lighting in your home. Far and away the best-looking and most functional window treatments for patio doors are plantation shutters. And whether your patio door is a french door or sliding glass door, we can help you find a shutter style to complement your patio door. Shutters for Patio French Doors Plantation shutters are great for french patio doors because they’re so adaptable. For every kind of french patio door you might have, Sunburst can make a set of plantation shutters for you. Is one door stationary or do both french doors open? Are the door handles located towards the inside or the outside of the frame? Do you want a buffer so that your door doesn’t swing open too far and hit a wall? Custom shutters are the solution for any situation. And that’s without mentioning their other numerous benefits. Interior shutters give you complete light control, compared to curtains or shades that only give you: closed or open. Shutters also outlast every other window covering, and will survive as long as your patio doors do. Shutters are also installed right onto your doors, so they don’t swing wildly when you open your doors. And with our patented faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you get unparalleled energy efficiency, and that’s particularly important given how much heat can come and go through the tall french door windows. Shutters for Sliding Patio Doors Similar to Fort Lauderdale french doors, sliding glass patio doors come in a variety of configurations, and it might get a little difficult to find a window treatment that matches your door exactly. Luckily, shutters are custom-made to fit exactly how your sliding patio doors work. Shutters for sliding patio doors fall under one of two categories: 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, much like the sliding door itself. One of the biggest benefits of bypass shutters for a patio door is that it doesn’t sacrifice light control to get privacy or vice versa like you would with other window treatments. You can open the shutter louvers to any angle, allowing light to come in without leaving your home interior completely visible from the outside. Bypass shutters typically come in fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, giving you a a cleaner and more modern style for your patio door. Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters As you can gather from the name, bifold sliding door shutters fold and collapse into themselves and can move away from your sliding door. While not as common as bypass sliding door shutters, bifold shutters give you more shutter panels, giving you more effective light control since you have access to more individual louvers to adjust. Patio Door Shutter FAQs 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 patio door. Your shutter installer can help you figure out what will work best for your space. Is there enough room around my sliding door to install shutters? In almost every single case, yes, there’s more than enough room. That’s because there are a number of mounting and shutter frame builds that can fit various styles of sliding patio doors. My french doors open in different directions – is that a problem for shutters? Just like with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are custom built to your door’s exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale can help build you a mount and frame that will let your patio doors open fully. Can shutters move away from my glass patio door so I can get a full view? They certainly can! Will my door handle be in the way of shutters? No, our expert team can 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. Are shutters durable enough to withstand pets scratching at the door? No treatment can completely get rid of scuffs from pets. But for unrivaled strength and durability, we recommend our Polywood plantation shutters. Do patio door shutters help protect my furniture and carpet from fading? Yes! With the total light control of plantation shutters comes the ultimate in UV protection. Your belongings, carpet, photos on the wall and more will be safeguarded from harsh sunlight. When installing patio door shutters, will you have to screw anything into my floor? No way – all of our patio door shutters adhere to either the door frame itself or the wall around the door, depending on the style you choose. Will patio door shutters swing in the wind when the door isn’t shut? 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 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 Fort Lauderdale wants to help. Get in touch with one of our window treatment pros by calling 561-440-8535 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll get in touch soon set up a free consultation.