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The Best Window Treatments In Houston For Your Back Door

July 19, 2016

Does your back door have flimsy blinds that clank against the glass pane when it’s shut? Or have you left your back door glass bare because you’re unsure what to cover it with? Buying the right window treatments for your back door lets you enjoy the sunlight and outside view of your Houston backyard while also giving you control over privacy and light - without the distraction of blinds or any other window covering that rattles against the glass whenever you move the door.

The first thing to consider when searching for a new back door window treatment is durability. You need something durable enough to take the door’s repetitive motions and short exposure to the elements. It should also add privacy while matching your home and style.

Whether your back door is a normal swing out door with a glass window, a french door, or a sliding glass door, learn about the best back door window treatment options in Houston to fit your needs.

Plantation Shutters That Are Fixed To Your Door

Plantation shutters on a french door leading out to pool 

Faux wood plantation shutters work well with back doors because the shutter panels are tightly attached to your door. When you swing open your doors, the shutters move with the door and don’t bounce against the glass. You can tilt open the shutter louvers to see outside or close them for added privacy. The shutter panels swing out so you can clean your door’s glass.

Sunburst Shutters’ Polywood® faux wood shutters are durable and can handle your back door’s constant motion. They’re made of a composite material which blocks moisture and fading. The shutters won’t chip or crack due to temperature or humidity changes. Polywood shutters also restrict heat transfer through the window to make your home more energy efficient.

French doors or sliding glass doors that are attached to your deck or patio can be hard to cover because of their large glass panes and handles. Plantation shutters are customizable. They can be cut out around large or irregular shaped handles and can fit over any size of glass. Plantation shutters can also be installed on sliding panels for a sliding door or bi-fold doors. The result is pristine custom shutters that remain tight to your door. And you can effortlessly open and close the shutters and your door.

Customizable Shades

Bedroom with woven shades on windows 

Shades are a back door window treatment that is easy to customize to your home. They come in multiple colors, material, and patterns. You can pull them to the top to have light shining through or pull them down to filter or block the light. Additional options include light and privacy liners which let you adjust them to your needs. Shades we recommend for doors with glass include Roman shades, cellular shades, and roller shades. Roman shades form a stack at the top of the shade but are smooth when you pull them down. Cellular shades have little pleats that resemble a honeycomb from the side, making small air pockets that help with insulation. Roller shades have a tube at the top that the shades come down from.

If your door is subject to relentless sun or humidity, look for shade material that won’t be affected by heat and moisture. Shades aren’t as energy efficient as Polywood shutters, but you can reduce energy loss by using liners, thicker materials, or cellular shades. Also know that shades are more prone to fading than shutters.

Shades can be installed with hold down brackets. This way they don’t swing around when you open the back door. One disadvantage shades have is that if you have non-standard door handles, you can’t cut the shade around the handle.

Choose The Back Door Window Treatment That’s Perfect For You

Looking for additional ideas for your back door window treatments in Houston or window treatments for your living room, dining room, or sidelights? Take a look at our idea gallery and Ultimate Room Guide. And if you’re ready to start the ordering process for window treatments contact us at 713-853-9629 to schedule a free in-home consultation. One of our team members will come to your home and help you find the perfect window treatment. Give us a call today!

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