The Different Types of Patio Door Shutters in Tampa

Eric Ramsey

A glass patio door could 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 how to cover the patio door to protect your privacy and control for light.

Far and away the most attractive and effective patio door window treatments are plantation shutters. And no matter if your patio door is a sliding door or french door, there’s a shutter style to match 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 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 near the inside or the outside of the doorframe? Is it important to have a buffer so your door doesn’t swing all the way open and hit your wall? Custom shutters are the solution for any situation.

Not to mention their other vast benefits. Interior shutters offer an entire spectrum of light control, compared to drapes or blinds that only give you: shut or open. Shutters will also outlive any other window treatment, and can survive just as long as your french patio do. Shutters are also affixed directly to your patio doors, so they won’t sway wildly when you open your doors. And with our patented faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you get unmatched energy efficiency, and that’s especially important with how much your patio doors can impact your home’s temperature.

Shutters for Sliding Patio Doors

Just like Tampa french doors, sliding patio doors come in a variety of configurations, and it can get super difficult to find a window treatment that works in tandem with your sliding patio door. Fortunately, interior shutters are custom-made to fit your sliding patio doors no matter how they open. Sliding door shutters will fall under one of two types: bypass or bifold.

Bypass Sliding Patio Door Shutters

With bypass sliding door shutters, one shutter panel will slide off 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 exposing your interior to the outside world.

Bypass shutters usually are made with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, resulting in a sleeker 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 and collapse into themselves and can move away from your patio door. While a little more rare than, bifold shutters have more shutter panels, giving you more discriminating light control since you can adjust more individual louvers.

Patio Door Shutter FAQs

How do I know if I need bypass or bifold sliding patio door shutters?

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

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

In almost every single case, yes, there will be more than enough room. The reason why is that there are a vast range of frame and mount 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 exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters Tampa is able to create 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 get in the way of installing shutters?

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

If I get shutters on my patio door, will I also need to cover my transom window?

With how customizable 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 eliminate scratch marks. However, for unrivaled strength and durability, we recommend our Polywood plantation shutters.

Will 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 everything else inside will be safeguarded from harsh UV light.

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

No way – all of our patio door shutters adhere to either the door frame itself or the wall around the door, depending on the style you choose.

Will bypass shutters on my patio door sway in the wind if my door is open?

Not a chance. Patio door shutters by Sunburst adhered to your door or frame solidly so that there’s never any wavering or swaying in the wind, even when the door is ajar.

Get Your Patio Doors Looking Beautiful

Are you ready to let your patio doors reach their full fashion potential? If so, Sunburst Shutters Tampa can help. Get in touch with Sunburst by calling 813-580-7288 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll be in touch to schedule your in-home consultation.