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

September 07, 2016

When shopping for the best window treatments for Dallas homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get forgotten. 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 tend to be utilized and the potential visual boost they can offer your house.

Sunburst Shutters Dallas is ready to assist in getting you the best window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s first look at the chief considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific treatments that might work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

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

  • Resilience: 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, bearing 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

Wood shutters on sliding door going to outdoor porch.

The first product we’ll examine is also the solution we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters meet each of 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, refined feel. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, offering you the utmost control over heat and light entering your house.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will usually be opened and shut much more than windows, so the ability to handle repeated use is key. Polywood shutters are impervious to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how much action your sliding door sees, your shutters will persist for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

Another common solution for sliding glass doors in Dallas is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track 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 patterns. You can also tailor your choice with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make adjusting them easy.

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, which results in less privacy when closed. Blinds are also notorious for breaking due to the constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

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

Sliding panel tracks are primarily used on larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door a great place for a stylish 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.

Panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that adjust on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, but they only open and close, unable to tilt. They’re available in a number of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find a panel track that goes with your Dallas home’s style.

Depending on the size and orientation of your sliding door, you can select arrangements 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 pick 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.