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The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in St. George

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for St. George homes, sliding doors are occasionally left out. That’s unfortunate, because choosing the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they’re used and the potential visual accent they can lend to your house.

Sunburst Shutters St. George is happy to assist in getting you the best window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s first look at the primary considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific products that might work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

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

  • Durability: Doors tend to be used more frequently than windows, so find a treatment that can handle the wear.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, whereas the majority of windows move vertically. Make sure your window treatment won’t obstruct the usage of your door, understanding the amount of space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are very big in comparison to most windows, so a window treatment that gives you 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 back porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend the most. Plantation shutters fulfill each of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a terrific choice. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your house keeps that timeless, sophisticated look. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, granting you the greatest control over heat and light entering your home.

Perhaps the most notable advantage of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will typically be opened and closed much more than windows, so being able to handle frequent usage is important. Polywood shutters are impervious to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can rest assured no matter how much action your sliding door sees, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common option for sliding glass doors in St. George is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color palette you need to follow, vertical blinds would be the solution for you, as they’re available in a variety of different hues, materials and designs. You can further tailor your choice with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make opening and closing them simple.

Keep in mind though that there are a couple disadvantages with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly as much light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, which means less privacy when closed. They are also known for breaking due to the constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

St. George Family room with gray walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically chosen for larger windows, making your sliding glass door an ideal place for a beautiful panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a rail—like extremely large vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, meaning they don’t tilt. They can be purchased in a selection of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find a panel track that goes with your St. George home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and orientation of your sliding door, you can pick from a few different setups for a sliding panel track so it can close on one end or in the center, so you can add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most important window in your St. George home, so we want to help you make sure 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 St. George today at 435-485-9332 to set up your no-obligation in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.