The Different Types of Patio Door Shutters in San Diego

Tyson Williams

A glass patio door could be one of the most fashionable and attractive windows in your home, if you take care of it. A large part of that is deciding on how to cover the patio door to protect your privacy and adjust the lighting in your home.

Far and away the most fashionable and effective window treatments for patio doors are plantation shutters. And no matter if your patio door is a sliding door or french door, there’s a style of plantation shutter to accentuate your setup.

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French Door Patio Shutters

Plantation shutters are superb for french doors that open up to your patio because they’re so multi-faceted. For every kind of french patio door, Sunburst can make a set of plantation shutters to fit them.

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? Interior shutters are the solution for any situation.

Not to mention their other huge benefits. Shutters offer complete light control, compared to curtains or shades that only give you: shut or open. Shutters also outlast every other window treatment, and can last as long as your french patio do. Shutters are also installed right onto your doors, so they won’t swing open when you open go through the patio door. And with our patented faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you get best in class energy efficiency, and that’s particularly important given how much heat can come and go through those big glass panes.

Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Similar to San Diego french doors, sliding patio doors can have a lot of variation, and it could get somewhat hard to find a window treatment that works in tandem with your sliding patio door. Luckily, shutters are custom-made to fit exactly how your sliding patio doors work. Shutters for sliding patio doors have two different configurations: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

With bypass sliding door shutters, one shutter panel will slide away from your door and in front of the other.
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One of the biggest benefits of bypass shutters for a patio door is that it doesn’t sacrifice light control to get privacy or vice versa like you might with other window treatments. You can open the shutter louvers to any angle, without exposing your interior to the outside world.

Bypass shutters for the most part come in fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, giving you a a cleaner and more modern look to your patio door.

Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters

As you can gather from the name, bifold sliding door shutters fold in on themselves and fold away from your sliding door. While a little more rare than, bifold shutters give you more shutter panels, giving you more effective light control since you have access to more individual louvers to adjust.

Patio Door Shutter Frequently Asked Questions

How do I decide if I need bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door?

It mainly hinges on the shape, size, and location of your sliding glass door. Your Sunburst Shutters professionals can help you find which is best for your home.

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

In almost every single case, yes, there will be more than enough room. That’s because we can build a wide array 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 built to your door’s exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters San Diego is able to create a frame and mounting that won’t interfere with how your patio doors operate.

Can shutters move 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 can build shutters with custom cut-outs, which wrap around the door handle, giving you full access to it at all times.

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

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

Will shutters withstand pets scratching at the door?

No treatment can completely get rid of scuffs from pets. 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?

Yes! With the unrivaled light control of plantation shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your furniture, carpet, photos on the wall and more will be protected from harsh light.

When installing patio door shutters, will you have to screw anything into my 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 frame and mount you go with.

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

No worries here. Patio door shutters by Sunburst adhered to your door or frame solidly so that they won’t ever sway in the wind, even if your door is ajar.

Get Your Patio Doors Looking Beautiful

Are you ready to up the style and usability of your patio doors? If so, Sunburst Shutters San Diego can help. Get in touch with one of our window treatment pros by calling 760-405-8887 today or by filling out our online contact form below. We’ll be in touch to set up a in-home consultation.