The Different Styles of Patio Door Shutters in Houston10/29/2015Cory Cryer Your patio door can be an extremely fashionable part of your home, if you treat it right. A large part of doing so is deciding on how to cover the patio door to preserve your privacy and adjust the lighting in your home. By far the most attractive and effective patio door window treatments are plantation shutters. And regardless of whether your patio door is a french door or sliding glass door, there’s a style of plantation shutter perfectly suited to your setup. French Door Patio Shutters Plantation shutters are adaptable, making them ideal for french patio doors. For any type of french patio door you might have, we can build a set of plantation shutters to fit them. Does just one door open, or both french doors? Are the handles located towards the interior or the exterior of the frame? Do you want a buffer so the doors don’t swing all the way open and hit the wall? Custom shutters are perfect for any situation. Don’t forget their other notable benefits. Shutters give you an entire spectrum of light control, unlike drapes or shades where you only have two choices: shut or open. Shutters also outlast any other window covering, and will survive as long as your patio doors do. Shutters are also permanently attached to your french doors, so they won’t swing wildly when you open or close go through the patio door. And with Sunburst’s premier faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you can get best in class energy efficiency, which is especially important given how much heat can pass through those big french door windows. Sliding Patio Door Shutters Like Houston french doors, sliding patio doors can have a lot of variation, and it could get super hard to find a window treatment that works with how your doors slide. Fortunately, interior shutters are custom-made to fit your sliding patio doors no matter how they open. Shutters for sliding patio doors will fall under one of two types: bypass or bifold. Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters With bypass patio door shutters, one or more shutter panel slides on a track to give you access to the door. 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 adjust the shutter louvers to a certain angle, allowing light to come in without opening up your home interior to anyone who passes by. Bypass shutters typically are built with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, giving you a sleeker and more modern style for your patio door. Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters Like their name implies, 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 usually have more shutter panels, giving you more discriminating light control since you can adjust more individual louvers. Frequently Asked Questions about Patio Door Shutters How do I know if I should get bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door? It primarily depends on the shape, size, and location of your sliding glass door. Your shutter installer can help you determine which is best for your home. Is there enough room around my sliding door to install shutters? In almost every single case, yes, there’s enough room. That’s because there are a wide array of frame and mount options that can fit various styles of sliding patio doors. My french doors open in different directions – will that work with shutters? As with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are custom-made to your exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters Houston is able to create a frame and mounting that will let your patio doors open fully. Can shutters stack away from my glass patio door to allow full glass views? Yes! Will my door handle be in the way of shutters? No, the Sunburst team is able to build shutters with cut-outs which make room for your door handle. If I get shutters on my patio door, will I also have to cover my transom window? Only if you want to cover the transom. The beauty of shutters is in how customizable they are. Are shutters durable enough to survive pets scratching at the door? There’s no window treatment that can eliminate scuffs from pets. However, for unrivaled strength and durability, we recommend our Polywood plantation shutters. Will patio door shutters help protect my furniture and carpet from fading? Yes! With the unrivaled light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your belongings, floors, art on the wall on the wall and more will be safeguarded from harsh light. When installing patio door shutters, will you have to screw anything into the floor? Not at all – all of our patio door shutters adhere to either the wall around the door or the door frame itself, depending on the frame and mount you get. Will plantation shutters sway in the breeze if my door is open? No worries here. Plantation shutters on a sliding patio door are heavy enough, sturdy enough, and constructed solidly enough that there’s never any wavering or swaying in the breeze, even if your door is wide open. Get Your Patio Doors Looking Beautiful Are you ready to up the style and usability of your patio doors? If so, Sunburst Shutters Houston can help. Drop us a line by calling 713-853-9629 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll be in touch to schedule your free consultation.