The Different Types of Patio Door Shutters in Tampa

Eric Ramsey

A glass patio door can 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 patio door.

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Shutters for Patio French Doors

Plantation shutters are superb for french patio doors because they’re so adaptable. For any type of french patio door you have, Sunburst can build a set of plantation shutters to fit them.

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

Not to mention their other vast benefits. Interior shutters give you an entire spectrum of light control, compared to drapes or blinds where you only have two choices: 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 heat can come and go through the tall french door windows.

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 slides 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 would 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. That’s because there are a vast range of frame and mount options that can fit different kinds of sliding patio doors.

My french doors open in opposite directions – is that an issue for 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 flooring and furniture 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 treat your patio doors like the awesome home features they are? 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.