The Different Styles of Patio Door Shutters in St. George

Kasey Udy

A glass patio door could be a super fashionable part of your home, if you treat it right. A large part of that is choosing a window treatment for your patio door to preserve your privacy and adjust the lighting in your home.

Far and away the most attractive and functional window treatments for patio doors are plantation shutters. And regardless of whether your patio door is a french door or sliding glass door, we can help you find a style of plantation shutter perfectly suited to your patio door.

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French Door Patio Shutters

Plantation shutters are great for french patio doors because they’re so versatile. For every style of patio french door you might have, we can make a set of plantation shutters for you.

Is one door stationary or do both french doors open? Are the handles located near the interior or the exterior of the doorframe? Is it important to have a buffer so that your door doesn’t swing open too far and hit the wall? Plantation shutters are the solution for any situation.

Don’t forget their other notable benefits. Shutters give you an entire spectrum of light control, unlike drapes or blinds that only give you: shut or open. Shutters also outlast any other window treatment, and will survive as long as your french patio do. Shutters are also permanently attached to your french doors, so they won’t swing wildly when you open your doors. And with Sunburst’s premier faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you can get unparalleled energy efficiency, which is particularly important with how much heat can pass through the big french door windows.

Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Just like St. George french doors, sliding glass patio doors come in a variety of configurations, and it might get super tricky to find a window treatment that matches your door exactly. Luckily, plantation shutters are custom-built to fit the exact mechanism of your sliding patio doors. Sliding door shutters can be built in two different ways: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

With bypass shutters for a sliding patio door, one panel slides on a rail to open a path for your door.
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The best part of bypass patio shutters is that it doesn’t sacrifice control over your lighting when you want privacy like you would with other window treatments. You can adjust the shutter louvers to a certain 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, giving you a sleeker and more modern look to 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 widely seen as bypass shutters, bifold shutters usually have more shutter panels, giving you more effective light control since you can adjust more individual louvers.

FAQs about Patio Door Shutters

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

It primarily hinges on the the space around your sliding door. Your Sunburst pro can help you find what will work best for your home.

Is there enough room around my sliding door to install shutters?

In just about any case, yes, there’s more than enough room. The reason why is that there are a vast range of frame and mount configurations that can fit various kinds of sliding patio doors.

My french doors open in opposite directions – is that an issue for shutters?

Just like with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are built to your door’s exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters St. George is able to create a mount and frame that will let your patio doors open fully.

Can shutters stack away from my glass patio door so I can get a full view?


Will my door handle be in the way of shutters?

No, the Sunburst team can build shutters with cut-outs which make room for your door handle.

Will I have to cover my transom if I put shutters on my patio door?

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 scratch marks. But for the best overall performance and durability, you may want to look at Polywood plantation shutters.

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

They sure will! With the unmatched light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in UV protection. Your furniture, carpet, art on the wall on the wall and everything else inside will be kept safe from harsh light.

When installing patio door shutters, will you have to screw anything into the 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 style you go with.

Will plantation shutters swing in the wind when I leave the door open?

No worries here. Plantation shutters on a sliding patio door are heavy, sturdy and solid enough that there’s never any wavering or swaying in the wind, even if your door is completely open.

Time to Make Your Patio Doors Shine Brighter

Are you ready to treat your patio doors like the fantastic home features they are? If so, Sunburst Shutters St. George wants to help. Get in touch with Sunburst by calling 435-485-9332 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll be in touch to schedule your in-home consultation.