The Different Styles of Patio Door Shutters in Gainesville

Eric Ramsey

Your patio door can be one of the most fashionable and interesting windows in your home, if you take care of it. A large part of that is deciding on a window treatment for your patio door to protect your privacy and adjust the lighting in your home.

Far and away the most attractive and effective patio door window treatments 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 complement your setup.

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French Door Patio Shutters

Plantation shutters are a perfect pairing for french doors that open up to your patio because they’re so versatile. For every style of patio french door you have, Sunburst can make a set of plantation shutters to fit them.

Is one door stationary or do both french doors open? Are the handles located towards the inside or the outside of the frame? Do you want a buffer so that your door doesn’t swing open too far and hit the wall? Interior shutters are what you need in any situation.

Don’t forget their other vast benefits. Shutters offer more control over lighting than any other window treatment, compared to curtains or blinds where you only have two choices: closed or open. Shutters will also outlast every other window treatment, and will last as long as your french patio do. Shutters are also permanently attached to your french doors, so they won’t swing open when you open the door. And with Sunburst’s premier faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you can get best in class energy efficiency, and that’s particularly important with how much your patio doors can contribute to your home’s temperature.

Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Just like Gainesville french doors, sliding glass patio doors can have a lot of variation, and it can be a little tricky to find a window treatment that works in tandem with your sliding patio door. Luckily, plantation shutters are custom-built to fit your sliding patio doors no matter how they open. Shutters for sliding patio doors have two different configurations: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

With bypass patio door shutters, one or more shutter panel slides on a rail to open a path for your door.
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One of the biggest benefits of bypass patio shutters is that you don’t have to sacrifice light control to get privacy or vice versa like you might with other window coverings. You can open the shutter louvers to any angle, allowing light to come in without leaving your home interior completely visible from the outside.

Bypass shutters for the most part are made with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, giving you a more modern and sleek look to your patio door.

Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Like their name implies, bifold sliding door shutters fold in on themselves and fold away from your sliding door. While a little more rare than, bifold shutters usually have more shutter panels, giving you more effective light control since you have access to more individual louvers to adjust.

FAQs about Patio Door Shutters

How do I know if I should get bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door?

It mainly hinges on the the space around your sliding glass door. Your Sunburst Shutters professionals can help you figure out which is best for your space.

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

In just about any case, yes, you’ll have enough room. That’s because there are a number of mounting and shutter frame options that can fit different styles 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 Gainesville is able to create a frame and mounting that will let your patio doors open fully.

Can shutters fold away from my glass patio door to allow full glass views?


Will my door handle be in the way of shutters?

No, our expert team is able to 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?

With how adaptable shutters are, you’ll only have to worry about your transom if you want to.

Will shutters handle my pets scratching at the door?

No treatment 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?

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

When putting in patio door shutters, is anything screwed into the 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 style you go with.

Will patio door shutters swing in the wind when I leave the door 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 the door is ajar.

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 Gainesville can help. Drop us a line by calling 813-602-5966 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll get in touch soon schedule your free consultation.