A typical patio door would consist of two doors, with either one or both sliding to the side. Depending on the door use, you could have two large shutters or four bi-folding shutters.

Patio doors don’t tend to have any horizontal dividing rails, just glass running from top to bottom, so it’s nice to match this with your shutter design so there are just louvres running from top to bottom.

You will still need a split in the hidden tilt mechanism, and by not having a rail it will void the guarantee unless you choose the Elite Plus shutters.

Patio doors normally have large handles, so we fit wooden battens around the recess first (the same depth as the handle), then our standard frame can be screwed onto the battens ensuring the louvres do not hit the handles. The battens also allow us to fit the shutters with a neat shadow gap rather than filler and ensures the frame is strong enough to handle bi-folding shutters.

Doors up 2.2m wide could have either two large shutters opening one left and one right, or four bi-folding shutters that hinge and bi-fold together, two left and two right.

We don’t recommend having more than two shutters hinged together (without a top track) because the shutters would drop.

With a small door shutter, you can choose a 3 sided frame so there is no trip hazard, this means no bottom shutter frame.

If you have two shutters with a left-right design they would be guaranteed but if you have four bi-folding shutters without a bottom frame, it would void the guarantee.

If you have skirting board, it can either be removed to allow for the shutter frame to run down to the floor, or the frame can be cut around the skirting.

If the frame is cut, we would normally allow a shadow gap around the skirting board to match.