The Different Types of Patio Door Shutters in Honolulu

Darren Wong

A glass patio door can be a very stylish part of your home, if you treat it right. A large part of doing so is deciding on how to cover the patio door to protect your privacy and control for light.

Far and away the best-looking and most functional patio door window treatments 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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Shutters for Patio French Doors

Plantation shutters are fantastic for french patio doors because they’re so adaptable. For every kind of patio french door you have, our team can build a set of plantation shutters for you.

Does just one door open, or both french doors? Are the door handles located towards 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 a wall? Interior shutters are perfect for any situation.

Not to mention their other notable benefits. Plantation shutters give you complete light control, unlike drapes or shades that only give you: open or shut. Shutters also outlive any other window covering, and will 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 or close the door. And with our patented faux wood Polywood® plantation shutters, you can get unmatched energy efficiency, and that’s particularly important given how much heat can pass through the big glass panes.

Shutters for Sliding Patio Doors

Like Honolulu french doors, sliding patio doors can vary, and it could be a little difficult to find a window treatment that works with how your doors slide. Luckily, shutters are custom-built to fit the exact mechanism of your sliding patio doors. 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 one shutter panel that slides horizontally to one side in front of or behind another panel, much like the sliding door itself.
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The best part 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 treatments. You can adjust the shutter louvers to a certain angle, letting light in without exposing your interior to the outside world.

Bypass shutters typically are made with fewer shutter panels than bifold shutters, resulting in 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 not as widely seen as bypass shutters, bifold shutters have more shutter panels, giving you more control over light since you can adjust more individual louvers.

Patio Door Shutter Frequently Asked Questions

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

It mainly hinges on the shape, size, and location of your sliding door. Your shutter installer can help you figure out what will work best for your home.

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

In just about any case, yes, you’ll have more than enough space. That’s because there are a vast range of mounting and shutter frame configurations that can fit different types of sliding patio doors.

My french doors open in different directions – will that work with shutters?

As with sliding door shutters, french door shutters are custom-made to your door’s exact specifications. Sunburst Shutters Honolulu is able to create a mount and frame that won’t interfere with how your patio doors operate.

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

If I get 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 scuffs from pets. However, for unrivaled strength and durability, your best bet is Polywood plantation shutters.

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

They sure will! With the fantastic light control offered by shutters comes the ultimate in UV protection. Your furniture, carpet, art on the wall on the wall and more will be guarded from harsh UV rays.

When installing 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 wall around the door or the door frame itself, depending on the frame and mount you get.

Will patio door shutters sway in the breeze when the door isn’t shut?

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

Get Your Patio Doors Looking Beautiful

Are you ready to up the style and usability of your patio doors? If so, Sunburst Shutters Honolulu wants to help. Get in touch with one of our window treatment pros by calling 808-797-2004 today or just use the contact form below. We’ll be in touch to set up a in-home consultation.