The Different Types of Patio Door Shutters in Austin

Tyler Jorgensen

A glass patio door could be a very fashionable part of your home, if you take care of it. A big part of that is choosing how to cover the patio door to preserve your privacy and adjust the lighting in your home.

Far and away the best-looking and most functional window treatments for patio doors are plantation shutters. And no matter if your patio door is a sliding door or french door, we can help you find a shutter style to match your setup.

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French Door Patio Shutters

Plantation shutters are adaptable, making them fantastic for french patio doors. For any kind of patio french door you might have, Sunburst can build a set of plantation shutters to fit them.

Does just one door open, or both french doors? Are the door handles near the inside or the outside of the doorframe? Do you want a buffer so the doors don’t swing too far open and hit your wall? Plantation shutters are the solution for any situation.

And that’s without mentioning their other numerous benefits. Plantation shutters give you unparalleled lighting control in your home, compared to drapes or shades where you only have two choices: closed or open. Shutters will also outlast any other window covering, and can survive just as long as your patio doors do. Shutters are also permanently attached to your french doors, so they don’t swing open when you open the door. And with Sunburst’s patented faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you get unrivaled energy efficiency, and that’s particularly important with how much heat can come and go through the tall french door windows.

Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Similar to Austin french doors, sliding patio doors can have a lot of variation, and it can get somewhat difficult to find a window treatment that works with how your doors slide. Fortunately, shutters are custom-built to fit your sliding patio doors no matter how they open. Shutters for sliding patio doors will fall under one of two types: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

With bypass sliding door shutters, one shutter panel slides out from in front of 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 control over your lighting when you want privacy like you would with other window coverings. You can open the shutter louvers to a certain angle, without opening up your home interior to anyone who passes by.

Bypass shutters typically are built with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, giving you a sleeker and more modern style for 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 patio door. While a little more uncommon compared to bypass shutters, bifold shutters usually have 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 know if I need bypass or bifold shutters for my patio door?

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

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

In most cases, yes, you’ll have more than enough room. The reason why is that we can build a vast range of mounting and shutter frame options that can fit different types 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 custom-made to your door’s exact needs. Sunburst Shutters Austin can help build you a mount and frame that will let your patio doors open fully.

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

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

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

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

They sure will! With the unmatched light control of plantation shutters comes the ultimate in sun protection. Your belongings, flooring, photos on the wall and everything else inside will be kept safe from harsh UV rays.

When putting in 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 choose.

Will patio door shutters swing in the wind when the door isn’t shut?

Not a chance. Plantation shutters on a sliding patio door are heavy, sturdy and solid enough that they won’t ever sway in the wind, even if your door is wide open.

Make Your Patio Doors Beautiful Inside And Out

Are you ready to treat your patio doors like the fantastic home features they are? If so, Sunburst Shutters Austin wants to help. Get in touch with one of our window treatment pros by calling 512-549-6077 today or by filling out our online contact form below. We’ll be in touch to schedule your in-home consultation.