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How To Pick The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Bluff City

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Bluff City homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get neglected. That’s regrettable, since picking the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than any other window, given how frequently they tend to be used and the potential visual boost they can add to your room.

Sunburst Shutters NW Tennessee is happy to assist in getting you the perfect window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s get started with the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then dive into specific treatments that may work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep the following things in mind when searching for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so find a treatment that can handle the usage.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas typically windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment won’t block the usage of the door, bearing in mind how much space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding glass doors are quite big compared to most windows, so a product that adds great control over light and privacy is a priority.

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door connecting to back porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters fulfill each of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a terrific choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home keeps that classic, sophisticated feel. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the greatest control over heat and light entering your home.

Possibly the greatest strength of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will most likely be opened and closed much more than windows, so the ability to withstand repeated use is key. Polywood shutters are impervious to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can rest assured no matter how much action your sliding door sees, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

An additional common option for sliding doors in Bluff City is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture above your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you want to follow, vertical blinds might be the product for you, as they’re available in a variety of different shades, materials and patterns. You can further personalize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make drawing the blinds easy.

Bear in mind though that there are some disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also have a tendency to sway, which means less privacy when shut. Blinds are also infamous for breaking as a result of constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Bluff City Living room with gray walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often chosen for larger windows, which makes your sliding door the perfect location for a classy panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in areas where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that adjust on a track—like very large vertical blinds, though they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They can be purchased in a number of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find one that complements your Bluff City home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and layout of your sliding door, you’re able to pick from a few different configurations for a sliding panel track so it can close on one end or in the middle, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door might be the most important window in your Bluff City home, so we want to help you make sure the window treatment you pick is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters NW Tennessee today at 276-685-5343 to set up your no-obligation in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.