The Different Styles of Patio Door Shutters in Cincinnati

Lisa Renee Nieberding

A glass patio door could be an extremely fashionable part of your home, if you take care of it. A large part of that is deciding on how to cover the patio door to keep your privacy and control for light.

Far and away the best-looking and most functional window treatments for patio doors 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 perfectly suited to your setup.

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Shutters for Patio French Doors

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

Does just one door open, or both french doors? Are the door 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 too far open and hit a wall? Custom shutters are the solution for any situation.

And that’s without mentioning their other notable benefits. Plantation shutters offer an entire spectrum of light control, compared to drapes or shades where you only have two choices: closed or open. Shutters also outlast every other window treatment, and can last just 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’ll get unrivaled energy efficiency, which is especially important with how much your patio doors can contribute to your home’s temperature.

Shutters for Sliding Patio Doors

Like Cincinnati french doors, sliding glass patio doors can have a lot of variation, and it might get a little difficult to find a window treatment that works in tandem with your sliding patio door. Luckily, shutters are custom-built to fit the exact mechanism of your sliding patio doors. Shutters for sliding patio doors fall under one of two categories: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

With bypass sliding door shutters, one shutter panel slides away from your door and in front of the other.
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The best part of bypass shutters for a patio door is that it doesn’t sacrifice privacy or lighting control or vice versa like you might with other window treatments. You can open the shutter louvers to a certain angle, without opening up your home interior to anyone who passes by.

Bypass shutters usually 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 patio door. While a little more rare than, 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 know if I want bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door?

It primarily depends on the the space around your sliding door. Your Sunburst Shutters professionals can help you determine what will work best for your space.

Is there enough room around my sliding door to put in shutters?

In almost every single case, yes, you’ll have more than enough space. The reason why is that we can build a number of mounting and shutter frame options that can fit various styles of sliding patio doors.

My french doors open in opposite directions – is that a problem for shutters?

As with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are custom-made to your door’s exact needs. Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati can help build you a mount and frame that won’t get in the way of your french doors.

Can shutters stack away from my glass patio door to give me a full view outside?


Will my door handle be in the way of shutters?

No, the Sunburst team can build shutters with custom made cut-outs that give you access to your door handle.

If I install shutters on my patio door, do I also have to cover my transom window?

Only if that’s what you want to do. The beauty of shutters is in how customizable they are.

Will shutters handle my pets scratching at the door?

There’s no window treatment that can eliminate scratch marks. But for unrivaled strength and durability, your best bet is Polywood plantation shutters.

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

Yes! With the unrivaled light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in UV protection. Your belongings, flooring, photos on the wall and more will be kept safe from harsh light.

When installing patio door shutters, is anything screwed into the floor?

Not at all – all of our patio door shutters 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 breeze 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 they won’t ever sway in the wind, even if the door is wide open.

Make Your Patio Doors Beautiful Inside And Out

Are you ready to up the style and usability of your patio doors? If so, Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati can help. Drop us a line by calling 513-216-9740 today or by filling out our online contact form below. We’ll get in touch soon schedule your in-home consultation.