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2 Styles Of Patio Door Shutters For Your Indianapolis Home

October 29, 2015

Your patio door can be one of the most fashionable and interesting windows in your home, if you treat it right. A large part of doing so is choosing a window treatment for your patio door to keep your privacy and control for light.

Far and away the best-looking and most functional patio door window treatments are plantation shutters. And regardless of whether your patio door is a sliding door or french door, there’s a style of plantation shutter to complement your setup.

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French Door Patio Shutters

Plantation shutters are versatile, making them a great partner for french patio doors. For any kind of patio french door you might have, we can make a set of plantation shutters to fit them.

Is one door stationary or do both french doors open? Are the door handles near the inside or the outside of the frame? Do you want a buffer so the doors don’t swing open too far and hit your wall? Interior shutters are perfect for any situation.

Don’t forget their other vast benefits. Interior shutters offer more control over lighting than any other window treatment, unlike drapes or blinds where you only have two choices: closed or open. Shutters also outlive every other window treatment, and can last just as long as your patio doors do. Shutters are also permanently attached to your french doors, so they don’t swing open when you open your doors. And with our premier faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you get unparalleled energy efficiency, and that’s particularly important given how much your patio doors can impact the temperature in your home.

Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Just like Indianapolis french doors, sliding patio doors come in different styles, and it could get a little tricky to find a window treatment that works in tandem with your sliding patio door. Fortunately, shutters are custom-built to fit the exact mechanism of your sliding patio doors. Sliding door shutters will fall under one of two types: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

A bypass sliding door shutter has panels that slide over one another, much like the sliding door itself.
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One of the biggest benefits of bypass patio shutters is that it doesn’t 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, letting light in without opening up your home interior to anyone who passes by.

Bypass shutters usually are built 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 uncommon compared to bypass shutters, bifold shutters usually have more shutter panels, giving you more control over light since you have access to more individual louvers to adjust.

Patio Door Shutter Frequently Asked Questions

How do I figure out if I need bypass or bifold sliding patio door shutters?

It primarily hinges on the shape, size, and location of your sliding door. Your Sunburst pro can help you figure out what will work best for your home.

Do I have enough room on my sliding door to put in shutters?

In just about any case, yes, there’s more than enough space. The reason why is that we can build a wide array of mounting and shutter frame builds that can fit different kinds of sliding patio doors.

My french doors open in opposite directions – is that a problem for shutters?

As with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are built to your door’s exact needs. Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis can help build you a mount and frame that won’t interfere with how your patio doors operate.

Can shutters stack away from my glass patio door to give me a full view outside?


Will my door handle get in the way of installing shutters?

No, the Sunburst team is able to build shutters with custom made cut-outs that give you access to your door handle.

Do I need to cover my transom if I put shutters on my patio door?

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?

There’s no window treatment that can completely get rid of scuffs from pets. But for the best overall performance and durability, we recommend our Polywood plantation shutters.

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

Yes! With the fantastic light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your belongings, floors, photos on the wall and everything else inside will be kept safe from harsh UV light.

When installing patio door shutters, will you have to screw anything into my floor?

No – no matter what style of patio door shutters you choose, they adhere to either the door frame itself or the wall around the door, depending on the frame and mount you get.

Will patio door shutters swing in the wind 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 completely open.

Get Your Patio Doors Looking Beautiful

Are you ready to treat your patio doors like the fantastic home features they are? If so, Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis wants to help. Drop us a line by calling 317-558-9066 today or by filling out our online contact form below. We’ll get in touch soon schedule your free consultation.