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

September 07, 2016

When shopping for the best window treatments for Sacramento homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally neglected. That’s regrettable, since selecting the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than any other window, given how often they’re utilized and the potential visual accent they can lend to your home.

Sunburst Shutters Sacramento is set to help you find the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s get started with the chief considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific treatments that might work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following aspects in mind when shopping for sliding door window treatments:

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

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

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding doors are fairly big compared to most windows, so a window treatment that offers great light control and privacy is a priority.

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door leading to full porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the one we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters meet each of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a fantastic option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house preserves that timeless, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, granting you the highest level of control of heat and light that comes into your home.

Maybe the most notable benefit of shutters as a treatment for sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and shut much more than windows, so the ability to stand up to frequent usage is important. Polywood shutters are immune to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how much action your sliding door sees, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common option for sliding glass doors in Sacramento 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 want to follow, vertical blinds would be a good option for you, as they can be found in a variety of different hues, materials and textures. You can further tailor your choice with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make opening and closing them easy.

Keep in mind though that there are some disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway side to side, resulting in less privacy when closed. Blinds are also notorious for breaking due to the constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Sacramento Living room with grey walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically picked to cover larger windows, which makes your sliding door an ideal spot for a beautiful panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in rooms in which you’ll entertain guests.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a rail—like very large vertical blinds, although they only open and close, instead of tilting. They can be purchased in a number of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find an option that complements your Sacramento home’s style.

Depending on the size and location of your sliding door, you can pick arrangements for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the middle, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

We’re Ready To Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most noticeable window in your Sacramento home, so we want to ensure that the window covering you pick is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Sacramento today at 916-665-0078 to schedule your free in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.