Installing plantation shutters over sliding glass doors is a great idea. Plantation shutters provide privacy, block light and add a beautiful, sophisticated look to your home. But before you make a purchase, it’s important to consider all of the variables such as size, material and which type of shutters will fit best. After all, choosing shutters for sliding glass doors is a bit more complicated than choosing for regular windows. Here are some basic do’s and don’t’s.
1) Before selecting shutters for your sliding glass doors, do consider how much space you have available. By-pass shutters will take up less floor space when opened, but you will not be able to completely open the shutters. Folding shutters can be completely opened revealing the entire glass door, however when opened they will need a couple feet clearance around the door.
2) Definitely consider energy efficiency when buying new shutters. A lot of air can pass through large glass doors and insulated shutters can save you lots of money on heating and cooling bills.
3) Take advantage of the many options for plantation shutters. Choose from wood or synthetic material that can be stained or painted a variety of colors to match the existing décor. You can even get ones specially made for uniquely shaped windows.
1) Your sliding glass doors may look standard, so you think that buying off the rack shutters will do just fine, but once you get them home it will be very noticeable if they are an inch or two off. That’s why it’s better to go with custom plantation shutters to ensure everything measures up correctly.
2) Be careful about choosing trendy or off the wall options for your shutters in general. Those bright red shutters may be all the rage now, but if you buy quality shutters they should last for a very long time. Will you love this style 8 years from now?
3) Do not be fooled by low prices on inferior shutters. Choosing lower quality shutters is likely to cost more in the long run. Instead invest in a high quality product that will last for generations .
If you have any questions, just contact a design specialist at Danmer Custom Shutters. Our design specialists will help you design which shutters are best for your home, measure the doors and windows, and then ensure proper installation of your new shutters which will last for years to come.