The Different Types of Patio Door Shutters in Raleigh

Blake Jarman

Your patio door can be one of the most stylish and attractive windows in your home, if you treat it right. A big part of doing so is deciding on a window treatment for your patio door to protect your privacy and control for light.

By far the best-looking and most functional window treatments for patio doors are plantation shutters. And regardless of whether your patio door is a french door or sliding glass door, you can find a shutter style to accentuate your patio door.

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French Door Patio Shutters

Plantation shutters are adaptable, which makes them fantastic for french patio doors. For any style of french patio door you have, Sunburst can build a set of plantation shutters for you.

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 that your door doesn’t swing too far open and hit a wall? Plantation shutters are what you need in any situation.

Not to mention their other huge benefits. Plantation shutters give you more control over lighting than any other window treatment, compared to curtains or shades that only give you: shut or open. Shutters also outlive every other window covering, and will survive as long as your patio doors do. Shutters are also permanently attached to your french doors, so they don’t swing wildly when you open the door. 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 glass panes.

Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Similar to Raleigh french doors, sliding glass patio doors can have a lot of variation, and it might get super hard to find a window treatment that works in tandem with your sliding patio door. Fortunately, plantation shutters are custom-made to fit the exact mechanism of your sliding patio doors. Sliding door shutters 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, similar to the sliding door itself.
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One of the biggest benefits of bypass shutters for a patio door is that you don’t have to sacrifice light control when you want privacy like you would with other window coverings. You can open the shutter louvers to any angle, allowing light to come in without letting the outside world get an open view of the inside of your home.

Bypass shutters typically are made with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, resulting in a more modern and sleek style for your patio door.

Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters

As the name suggests, bifold sliding door shutters fold and collapse into themselves and can move away from your sliding door. While a little more uncommon compared to bypass shutters, bifold shutters usually have more shutter panels, giving you more discriminating light control since you have access to more individual louvers to adjust.

Patio Door Shutter FAQs

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

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

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

In almost every single case, yes, you’ll have more than enough space. That’s because there are a vast range of mounting and shutter frame options that can fit various 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 made to your exact needs. Sunburst Shutters Raleigh is able to create a frame and mounting 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, 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 get shutters on my patio door, will I also have to cover my transom window?

Only if you want to cover the transom. One of the best things about shutters is how customizable they are.

Are shutters durable enough to survive pets scratching at the door?

No treatment can eliminate scratch marks. However, for the best overall performance and durability, you may want to look at Polywood plantation shutters.

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

They sure will! With the unmatched light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in UV protection. Your furniture, flooring, photos on the wall and everything else inside will be protected from harsh UV rays.

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 wall around the door or the door frame itself, depending on the style you choose.

Will patio door shutters sway in the breeze when the door isn’t shut?

Not a chance. Patio door shutters by Sunburst adhered to your door or frame solidly so that there’s never any wavering or swaying in the breeze, even if your 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 Raleigh wants to help. Get in touch with one of our window treatment pros by calling 919-887-9198 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll get in touch soon set up a in-home consultation.