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Finding The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Seattle

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Seattle homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally left out. That’s unfortunate, since choosing the perfect window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than any other window, given how much they’re used and the potential visual boost they can lend to your room.

Sunburst Shutters Washington is set to assist in getting you the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s first look at the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then compare specific options that might work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

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

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

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

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

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door connecting to outdoor porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the product we recommend the most. Plantation shutters meet all three 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 retains that classic, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, granting you the greatest control over heat and light that comes into your home.

Maybe the most notable strength of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will typically be opened and shut more often than windows, so being able to handle frequent usage is important. Polywood shutters are immune to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can rest assured no matter how much your sliding door is used, your shutters will last for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common option for sliding doors in Seattle is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color scheme you need to follow, vertical blinds may be a good option for you, because they’re available in a variety of different colors, materials and designs. You can further tailor your choice with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make opening and closing them simple.

Bear in mind though that there may be a couple disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway side to side, which means less privacy when shut. They are also known for breaking if subjected to constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Seattle Living room with navy walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically used on larger windows, which makes your sliding door a great place for a classy panel track installation. With their tendency to control light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in rooms where you’ll entertain guests.

Panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a track—like very large vertical blinds, but they only open and close, unable to tilt. They can be found in a variety of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find a panel track that complements your Seattle home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and layout of your sliding door, you’re able to 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 Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most important window in your Seattle home, so we want you to be confident that the window covering you go with is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Washington today at 360-464-2277 to schedule your free in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.