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Bifold Bypass Shutters For Washington DC Sliding Glass Doors

Indoor shutters are fantastic for sliding doors in Washington DC. Shutters protect your privacy, control lighting, don’t sway like blinds or drapes, and will probably last longer than the sliding door itself. If you’ve already decided on sliding door shutters, the only other choice to make is what shutter configuration would best fit your sliding glass doors.

The Washington DC plantation shutter experts at Sunburst offer two sliding door builds: bypass and bifold. Let’s take a look at what makes each unique, and help you determine which one is right for your space.

Bypass Shutters For Glass Doors In Washington DC

Plantation shutters on a sliding door

The more prevalent of the two sliding door shutter builds is the bypass configuration. 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 access to the door. Or if there’s some room next to your sliding door, the track can extend beyond the doorframe to let the shutter completely slide out from in front of the glass door.

Bypass shutters in a dining room
Bear in mind that with almost every set of bypass shutters, you’ll have a shutter panel covering one pane of your sliding glass door all the time. Sliding glass door shutters in a bypass build are also much more durable than bifold builds, since there are fewer articulation points that can get damaged or break.
Bifold shutters on sliding glass doors
When to put in bypass sliding door shutters in Washington DC: When you might not have a lot of space in front of your door, or want a low maintenance but durable shutter for your sliding door.

Bi-fold Shutters For Sliding Doors In Washington DC

As the name implies, bifold shutters for sliding glass doors are ones that fold. Instead of two big, solid frames that slide on a rail, bifold shutters are built with smaller panels that fold into each other, clearing the way in front of your door.

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

Sliding Glass Door Shutter FAQs

Will I still be able to open and close my sliding door if I put in shutters?

Yes! We’ll ensure that your sliding doors keep their functionality and full range of motion by building a shutter and frame combo that exactly fits your specific sliding door.

How do I measure my sliding glass door for shutters?

Measuring your sliding door to fit shutters is fairly easy. Here are the measurements you’ll want to get:

  • The height from the floor to the top of the door casing (or top of the jamb if there’s no casing).

  • The width of the door jamb.

  • The height and width of the sliding glass panes.

But don’t feel like you have to measure it all on your own; 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 my sliding door for shutters?

With new advances every day in shutter technology, we’re able to build you a custom set of shutters to match your sliding door, no matter the amount of space there is above or around it.


How Do We Design Sliding Shutters?

We start by measuring the dimensions of each portion of your glass door. Next, we mark how much space there is next to the doors. This helps us figure out whether a bypass or bifold configuration should be used. Next, we go back to our store and order the hand-fashioned plantation shutters that fit your doors and configuration. Using a combination of advanced technology and customized design templates based on the dimensions of your door, we design and build your sliding glass door shutters ,integrating the finishes and colors of your choosing.

Our expert installers install the sliding shutters on your sliding glass doors, ensuring that the louvers can be opened and the panels are adjustable. This gives you a better view and easier cleaning.


Find A Solution For Your Sliding Glass Door

If you’re still not sure what window treatment to get for your sliding glass door, no worries! The Sunburst Shutters DC team can help you find the right fit for your house during our free in-home shutter consultation. To schedule yours, just call 240-339-2588 or use the form below.