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Shutters are just as popular as they’ve ever been. Some people like doing them on every window of their house. The windows that tend to cause the most trouble are the doors. Shutters can be done on all kinds of doors, but it is important to choose the right options.

For patio sliding doors, you can do:

Bi Fold Shutters

Bi Fold Shutters

  • Standard Framed Shutters- The shutters will have frames on the left, right and top. Hinges will be on the framing. Depending on the size of the shutter opening, you will have anywhere from one to eight panels that will hinge. This style is like a window shutter in every way.
  • Bi-Fold Track Shutters- These typically have multiple panels that fold toward one side or multiple panels that split to either side. In this case, a single track holds all the panels and the shutters are held up by that same track. When imagining this shutter configuration, imagine an accordion door.
  • Bi-Pass Track Shutters- As shown in the first video below, this shutter configuration has multiple tracks, in most cases two. The panels glide past one another allowing for access to the door. In a standard bi-pass track, you must fully close all the louvers before sliding the panels behind one another. In the shown shutters on the video, you can slide the panels while the louvers are still open.
  • Specialty Track Shutters- Norman Window Fashions makes the BiFold 180 and other track systems, as shown on the second video below. This allows the entire window or patio door to be open for your view and light.


As always, we like to explain details that will help you make good decisions for your home. So, here is one tidbit. The main reason that people choose the standard bi-pass versus the open bi-pass shutter for their patio doors is… Either due to lack of knowledge of their salesperson, or the fact that the projection into the room for the open bi-pass takes up a little more depth. I’ve done plenty of custom configurations for shutters over the years. Every job has it’s own specific needs. Your window fashions expert should be able to guide you through the process simply and professionally.

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