The Different Styles of Patio Door Shutters in New York City

Matt Thelander

Your patio door can be an extremely stylish part of your home, if you treat it right. A big part of doing so is choosing a window treatment for your patio door to preserve your privacy and control for light.

Far and away the most fashionable and functional window treatments for patio doors are plantation shutters. And whether your patio door is a sliding door or french door, there’s a shutter style to match your patio door.

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French Door Patio Shutters

Plantation shutters are adaptable, making them perfect for french patio doors. For any type of patio french door you might have, our team can make a set of plantation shutters for you.

Is one door stationary or do both french doors open? Are the door handles near the inside or the outside of the doorframe? Is it important to have a buffer so that the doors don’t swing open too far and hit the wall? Interior shutters are the solution for any situation.

Not to mention their other vast benefits. Interior shutters give you complete light control, compared to drapes or shades where you only have two choices: shut or open. Shutters also outlast every other window covering, and will survive just as long as your patio doors do. Shutters are also installed right onto your doors, so they won’t sway wildly when you open your doors. And with our patented faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you can get unmatched energy efficiency, and that’s especially important given how much your patio doors can contribute to your home’s temperature.

Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Similar to New York City french doors, sliding patio doors come in different styles, and it might get somewhat tricky to find a window treatment that works in tandem with your sliding patio door. Fortunately, interior shutters are custom-built to fit your sliding patio doors no matter how they open. Sliding door shutters 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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One of the biggest benefits of bypass patio shutters is that it doesn’t sacrifice light control to get privacy or vice versa like you would with other window treatments. You can open the shutter louvers to a certain angle, letting light in without leaving your home interior completely visible from the outside.

Bypass shutters typically are built with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, giving you a more modern and sleek style for your patio door.

Bifold Sliding Patio Door Shutters

Like their name implies, bifold sliding door shutters fold and collapse into themselves and can move away from your patio door. While not as common as bypass sliding door shutters, bifold shutters give you more shutter panels, giving you more control over light since you have access to more individual louvers to adjust.

Patio Door Shutter FAQs

How do I figure out if I should get bypass or bifold sliding patio door shutters?

It usually depends on the shape, size, and location of your patio door. Your Sunburst Shutters professionals can help you figure out which is best for your home.

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

In most cases, yes, there will be enough room. The reason why is that we can build a wide array of mounting and shutter frame options that can fit various 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 built to your exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters New York can help build you a frame and mounting that won’t interfere with how your patio doors operate.

Can shutters stack 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 made cut-outs that give you access to your door handle.

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

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

Are shutters durable enough to survive 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.

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

Absolutely! With the total 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 light.

When putting in patio door shutters, will you have to screw anything into my floor?

Not at all – all of our patio door shutters adhere to either the wall around the door or the door frame itself, depending on the style you get.

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

Not a chance. Plantation shutters on a sliding patio door are heavy enough, sturdy enough, and constructed solidly enough that there’s never any wavering or swaying in the wind, even if your door is ajar.

Make Your Patio Doors Beautiful Inside And Out

Are you ready to let your patio doors reach their full fashion potential? If so, Sunburst Shutters New York can help. Get in touch with one of our window treatment pros by calling 631-246-3930 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll be in touch to set up a in-home consultation.