Bypass shutters are some of the most elegant shutters you’ll find. The way the crisp white panels float across an opening is captivating. With the ability to slide past each other and stack up on either side, they offer endless versatility.
What are Bypass Shutters?
They get their name from the way the panels pass each other by as they slide along their individual tracks.
Compare this to bifold shutters. Here, the panels fold up against each other and fold away from the opening. Visit our Shutter Speak blog to learn more about the different shutter configurations.
How do Bypass Shutters work?
It’s simple. Each shutter panel glides along its own track, mounted above the opening. If you have enough space on either side of the opening, you can extend the tracks. That way the so the shutter panels can slide right out of the way, giving you full access to the opening.
If you don’t have the space, keep in mind that there is likely to be at least one panel overlapping the opening at all times. If that doesn’t appeal to you, consider the bifold configuration.
The track can be mounted directly on the wall (face fix) or recessed within the opening (recess-fix).
But remember, a recess fix is only possible if there is enough room within the recess to house all the tracks.
Wood, Decorative Aluminium or Security?
You aren’t limited to a specific material or type of shutter if you want a bypass configuration. All our custom-made shutters can be configured as bypass shutters.
It’s even possible to keep the louvres open as you slide the panels past each other. As long as there is enough space between the tracks.
Where to install Bypass Shutters
Sliding shutters are a popular window treatment for large openings. Glass sliding patio doors are a perfect example of where this application works best.
But you can also install them to divide open spaces and create cosy nooks. Many modern homes have an open-plan layout to accommodate our modern lifestyles. But sometimes, you’d like the option to screen off an area.
In this case, we refer to them as privacy shutters. You can use them to create a study area in your bedroom or to separate your open-plan lounge and dining area.
Advantages of Bypass Shutters
Bypass shutters have three distinct advantages over bi-fold shutters:
- They don’t protrude into the room
This feature makes bypass shutters ideal for balconies and other small areas.
Most bi-fold shutters stick out at a 90° angle from the wall. But sliding shutters will always take up less room because they run parallel to the opening.
- They last longer
Shutters are the most durable window treatment on the market. But bypass shutters might be even more so. They have fewer moving parts so there’s less chance of something wearing out or breaking.
Once installed, your shutters will provide you with a lifetime of service and style. And they need hardly any maintenance.
- Their panels can be bigger
Bypass shutters are less likely to sag under their own weight because they’re top-hung. This means they’re not subject to the same design limits as bi-fold shutters. And that means that the individual shutter panels can be a little taller and wider.
Sliding shutters have the usual benefits you get with any other shutters:
- They control light and airflow,
- give you control over your privacy,
- are easy to clean,
- last a lifetime and,
- complement any decor style.
Sophisticated window treatment for a sliding door? A way to screen off a messy kitchen when you’re entertaining? Bypass shutters are the solution.
If there’s an area in your home that could benefit from bypass shutters, contact us today. Our sales reps will be happy to assist you with advice and a quote.