How To Pick The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Dallas

Collins Jones

When shopping for the best window treatments for Dallas homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get left out. That’s bad news, because selecting the right window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they are utilized and the potential visual boost they can add to your room.

Sunburst Shutters Dallas is happy to lend a hand in finding the best window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s first look at the most important considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific treatments that may work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

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

  • Durability: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so choose a treatment that can handle the wear.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while typically windows operate vertically. Ensure that your window treatment won’t block the usage of the door, keeping in mind the amount of space is available to the sides of the door.

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

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door going to back porch.

The first window treatment we’ll look at is also the product we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters meet all the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic pick. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home preserves that classic, elegant feel. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, giving you the utmost control over heat and light entering your house.

Maybe the most notable advantage of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will usually be opened and shut much more than windows, so the ability to withstand frequent use is important. Polywood shutters are impervious to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily-used your sliding door is, your shutters will last for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

Another common option for sliding glass doors in Dallas is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture above your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds may be the solution for you, as they’re sold in an array of different hues, materials and textures. You can also personalize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make adjusting them simple.

Bear in mind though that there may be a couple disadvantages with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly as much light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also have a tendency to sway, meaning less privacy when closed. Blinds are also notorious for breaking as a result of constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Dallas Family room with grey walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are primarily chosen for larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door a great place for a classy panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in spaces in which you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that slide on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, but they only open and close, meaning they don’t tilt. They can be purchased in a number of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find a panel track that complements your Dallas home’s style.

Depending on the size and layout of your sliding door, you can pick setups for a sliding panel track so it can open from one side or in the center, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door could be the most important window in your Dallas house, so we want to ensure 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 Dallas today at 214-301-5066 to set up your free in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.