The Different Styles of Patio Door Shutters in Boston10/29/2015Holly Perron A glass patio door could be one of the most stylish and attractive windows in your home, if you take care of it. A big part of that is choosing how to cover the patio door to protect your privacy and adjust the lighting in your home. By far the most attractive and functional 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 shutter style to accentuate your setup. French Door Patio Shutters Plantation shutters are fantastic for french patio doors because they’re so adaptable. For every kind of patio french door you have, Sunburst can make a set of plantation shutters for you. Is one door stationary or do both french doors open? Are the handles towards the inside or the outside of the frame? Is it important to have a buffer so that your door doesn’t swing all the way open and hit your wall? Custom shutters are perfect for any situation. Don’t forget their other huge benefits. Shutters give you an entire spectrum of light control, unlike curtains or shades that only give you: open or closed. Shutters will also outlive any other window treatment, and can last as long as your french patio do. Shutters are also permanently attached to your french doors, so they won’t sway wildly when you open your doors. And with Sunburst’s premier faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you can get unrivaled energy efficiency, which is especially important given how much your patio doors can contribute to the temperature in your home. Sliding Patio Door Shutters Like Boston french doors, sliding patio doors can have a lot of variation, and it might be somewhat difficult to find a window treatment that matches your door exactly. Luckily, shutters are custom-built to fit your sliding patio doors no matter how they open. Sliding door shutters fall under one of two categories: bypass or bifold. Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters With bypass patio door shutters, one panel slides on a rail to open a path for your door. The best part of bypass patio shutters is that it doesn’t sacrifice light control when you want privacy like you would with other window treatments. You can adjust the shutter louvers to any angle, letting light in without exposing your interior to the outside world. Bypass shutters for the most part are built with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, resulting in a a modern and clean look to your patio door. Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters As the name suggests, bifold sliding door shutters fold in on themselves and fold away from your sliding door. While not as widely seen as 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 should get bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door? It usually depends on the shape, size, and location of your sliding door. Your Sunburst pro can help you determine what will work best for your space. Is there enough room around my sliding door to put in shutters? In just about any case, yes, there’s more than enough space. That’s because we can build a wide array of mounting and shutter frame configurations that can fit various types of sliding patio doors. My french doors open in opposite directions – will that work with shutters? Just like with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are made to your exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters Boston can help build you a mount and frame that will let your patio doors open fully. Can shutters stack away from my glass patio door to give me a full view outside? They certainly can! Will my door handle get in the way of installing shutters? No, our expert 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 have to cover my transom window? With how adaptable shutters are, you’ll only have to worry about your transom if you want to. Will shutters survive pets scratching at the door? There’s no window treatment that can completely get rid of scratch marks. But for the best overall performance and durability, we recommend our Polywood plantation shutters. Do shutters on my patio door help protect my furniture and carpet from fading? They sure will! With the fantastic light control of plantation shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your furniture, floors, art on the wall on the wall and more will be kept safe from harsh UV light. When installing patio door shutters, will you have to screw anything into the floor? No – 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 choose. Will patio door shutters swing in the wind when the door isn’t shut? Not a chance. Plantation shutters on a sliding patio door are heavy enough, sturdy enough, and constructed solidly enough that they won’t ever sway in the breeze, even when 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 Boston wants to help. Get in touch with one of our window treatment pros by calling 781-352-2205 today or by filling out our online contact form below. We’ll get in touch soon schedule your free consultation.