The Different Types of Patio Door Shutters in Indianapolis

Bill Burke

Your patio door can be an extremely interesting part of 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 most attractive and functional patio door window treatments are plantation shutters. And regardless of whether your patio door is a sliding door or french door, you can find 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 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.

Not to mention their other huge benefits. Plantation 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 unmatched 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 might get somewhat tricky to find a window treatment that works in tandem with your sliding patio door. Fortunately, shutters are custom-built to fit your sliding patio doors without a hitch. Sliding door shutters will fall under one of two types: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

With bypass sliding door shutters, one shutter panel will slide off your door and in front of the other.
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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 leaving your home interior completely visible from the outside.

Bypass shutters typically are made 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.

FAQs about Patio Door Shutters

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

It usually hinges on the shape, size, and location of your sliding door. Your Sunburst pro can help you determine 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, you’ll have more than enough space. The reason why is that we can build a wide array of mounting and shutter frame configurations that can fit different kinds of sliding patio doors.

My french doors open in opposite directions – will that work with shutters?

As with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are custom built to your door’s exact needs. Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis 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 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.

If I get shutters on my patio door, will I also need to cover my transom window?

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 unrivaled strength and durability, your best bet is 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, flooring, photos on the wall and everything else inside will be safeguarded from harsh UV light.

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

No way – 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 go with.

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 ajar.

Get Your Patio Doors Looking Beautiful

Are you ready to let your patio doors reach their full fashion potential? 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.