The Different Styles of Patio Door Shutters in Fort Myers

Charlie Cole and Brady Parker

Your patio door can be one of the most stylish and interesting windows in your home, if you take care of it. A big part of doing so is choosing a window treatment for your patio door to keep your privacy and adjust the lighting in your home.

By far the best-looking and most functional patio door window treatments are plantation shutters. And regardless of whether your patio door is a sliding door or french door, there’s a style of plantation shutter perfectly suited to your setup.

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Shutters for Patio French Doors

Plantation shutters are versatile, making them fantastic for french doors that open up to your patio. For any type of french patio door, we can build a set of plantation shutters for you.

Does just one door open, or both french doors? Are the door handles near the inside or the outside of the frame? Is it important to have a buffer so the doors don’t swing too far open and hit a wall? Plantation shutters are the solution for any situation.

Don’t forget their other vast benefits. Interior shutters offer more control over lighting than any other window treatment, compared to curtains or blinds where you only have two choices: open or shut. Shutters also outlast every other window treatment, and can survive as long as your patio doors 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 Sunburst’s patented faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you get unrivaled energy efficiency, and that’s particularly important given how much heat can pass through those big french door windows.

Shutters for Sliding Patio Doors

Like Fort Myers french doors, sliding patio doors can have a lot of variation, and it could be a little tricky to find a window treatment that works in tandem with your sliding patio door. Fortunately, interior shutters are custom-made to fit exactly how your sliding patio doors work. Shutters for sliding patio doors can be built in two different ways: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

A bypass sliding door shutter has panels that slide over one another, much like the sliding door itself.
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The best part of bypass patio shutters is that it doesn’t 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, letting light in without leaving your home interior completely visible from the outside.

Bypass shutters usually come in fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, giving you a more modern and sleek look to your patio door.

Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters

As you can gather from the name, 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 give you more shutter panels, giving you more control over light since you can adjust more individual louvers.

Patio Door Shutter FAQs

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

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

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

In most cases, yes, there’s enough space. The reason why is that we can build a wide array of mounting and shutter frame builds that can fit different styles of sliding patio doors.

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

Just like with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are made to your door’s exact needs. Sunburst Shutters Fort Myers is able to create a mount and frame that won’t get in the way of your french doors.

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

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

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 handle my pets scratching at the door?

There’s no window treatment that can completely get rid of scuffs from pets. But for unrivaled strength and durability, your best bet is Polywood plantation shutters.

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

Absolutely! With the total light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your furniture, flooring, art on the wall on the wall and more will be kept safe from harsh sunlight.

When installing patio door shutters, will you have to screw anything into the floor?

Not at all – no matter what style of patio door shutters you choose, they adhere to either the wall around the door or the door frame itself, depending on the frame and mount you choose.

Will bypass shutters on my patio door sway in the wind when the door isn’t shut?

Not a chance. Patio door shutters by Sunburst adhered to your door or frame solidly so that they won’t ever sway in the breeze, even when the door is completely 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 Fort Myers can help. Drop us a line by calling 239-208-6577 today or by filling out our online contact form below. We’ll be in touch to set up a in-home consultation.