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How To Choose The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Houston

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Houston homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get left out. That’s regrettable, since picking the right window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they tend to be used and the potential visual accent they can add to your room.

Sunburst Shutters Houston is set to assist in getting you the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s get started with the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then compare specific treatments that might work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these properties in mind when comparing sliding door window treatments:

  • Resilience: Doors tend to be opened and closed more than windows, so pick a treatment that can handle the activity.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while most windows move vertically. Make sure your window treatment won’t obstruct the usage of the door, understanding the amount of space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are quite big relative to most windows, so a window treatment that gives you great light control and privacy is a priority.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door connecting to full porch.

The first option we’ll discuss is also the product we recommend the most. Plantation shutters fulfill all three of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home preserves that timeless, refined feel. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, granting you the utmost control of heat and light that comes into your space.

Maybe the biggest benefit of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will typically be opened and closed more often than windows, so the ability to handle repeated use is vital. Polywood shutters are impervious to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can rest assured no matter how heavily-used your sliding door is, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common solution for sliding glass doors in Houston is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail above your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you need to follow, vertical blinds may be the solution for you, because they’re available in a variety of different hues, materials and designs. You can further customize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make opening and closing them easy.

Keep in mind though that there are a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also have a tendency to sway, meaning less privacy when closed. They are also known for breaking if subjected to constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Houston Study with gray walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are primarily chosen for larger windows, which makes your sliding door a great place for a classy panel track installation. With their tendency to control light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in spaces where you’ll often have guests.

Basically, sliding panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that adjust on a track—like extremely wide vertical blinds, though they only open and shut, instead of tilting. They can be found in a selection of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find a panel track that goes with your Houston home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and orientation of your sliding door, you’re able to choose from a few different configurations for a sliding panel track so it can close on one side or in the center, so you can add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door may be the most important window in your Houston home, so we want you to be confident that the window treatment you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Houston today at 713-853-9629 to set up your no-obligation in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.