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Bifold Bypass Shutters For Seattle Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding glass doors in Seattle are the perfect partner for interior shutters. Shutters improve your privacy, maintain your view, don’t sway like blinds or curtains, and can even last longer than the sliding door itself. If you’ve already decided on shutters for a sliding door, the next thing to decide is what kind of shutters would look best with the sliding glass doors in your space.

The Seattle plantation shutter pros at Sunburst offer two sliding door configurations: bypass and bifold. Let’s compare the two, and find out which one is right for you.

Bypass Shutters For Sliding In Seattle

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

The more common of the two sliding glass door shutter layouts is bypass shutters. For bypass shutters, two shutter panels slide on a track mounted above a sliding glass door. The shutter panels are offset so one-panel slides in front of the other for easy operation of the door. Or if the sliding door has room to the side, the track can extend past the doorframe to let the shutter completely slide out from in front of the glass door.

Bypass shutters in a dining room
Keep in mind that with almost every bypass sliding door shutter, you’ll have a shutter panel over one side of your sliding glass door at all times. Bypass shutters for sliding doors are also somewhat more durable than bifold shutters, since there are fewer articulation points that can become damaged or break.
Bifold shutters on sliding glass doors
When to choose bypass sliding door shutters in Seattle: When you might not have a lot of space in front of the door, or want an easy to use but long-lasting shutter on your sliding glass door.

Bi-fold Shutters For Sliding Glass Doors In Seattle

As the name suggests, a bifold configuration for sliding door shutters allow the shutters to fold. Rather than two large, solid shutter panels that slide on a track, bifold shutters are built with smaller panels that fold inward, clearing the view in front of your sliding glass door.

Reclaimed wood bifold shutters
When to choose bifold shutters If you want to stack panels off to the side of the door and you have adequate space to the sides of the door for the shutters to fold.

Sliding Door Shutter FAQs

Will I lose any functionality out of my sliding glass door if I put in shutters?

Not at all. We’ll ensure that your sliding doors keep their functionality and full range of motion by building a set of shutters that exactly fits your specific sliding door.

How do I measure for sliding door shutters?

Measuring your sliding patio door to fit shutters isn’t hard at all. These are typically the measurements you’ll need to take:

  • The height from the floor to the top of the door casing (or top of the jamb if you have no casing).

  • The width of the interior jamb.

  • The height and width of the sliding glass panes.

But don’t fret if you don’t want to measure; your installer will be happy to measure your sliding door for you at no charge during your in-home consultation.

How much room do I need around a sliding glass door to install shutters?

With new advances every day in shutter technology, we’re able to build you a custom set of shutters to fit your sliding glass door, regardless of how much space there is above or around it.


How Are Sliding Shutters Built?

The first thing we do is measure the dimensions of each portion of your glass door. Then we record how much space there is next to the doors. This tells us whether a bypass or bifold configuration should be used. We go back to our store and order the hand-crafted plantation shutters to use on your doors. Utilizing our cutting-edge technology and customized design templates based on the dimensions of your door, we design and construct your sliding glass door shutters with the colors and finishes of your choosing.

Our professional installers install the sliding shutters on your sliding glass doors, ensuring the louvers can open and that the panels are mobile. This gives you a better view and shutters that are easy to clean.


Find Your Sliding Door Shutter Solution

If you’re not decided on what window covering might be best for your sliding glass door, don’t worry! We can help you find the right fit for your home during our free in-home shutter consultation. To set yours up, simply call 360-464-2277 or use the form below.