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

September 07, 2016

When shopping for the best window treatments for Cleveland homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s unfortunate, since choosing the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they are utilized and the potential visual boost they can lend to your space.

Sunburst Shutters Cleveland is set to help you find the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s get started with the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then compare specific products that might work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these things in mind when comparing sliding door window treatments:

  • Durability: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so go with a treatment that can handle the usage.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, whereas the majority of windows move vertically. Make sure your window treatment won’t hinder the usage of the door, understanding how much space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are quite large in comparison to most windows, so a window treatment 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 going to back porch.

The first option we’ll look at is also the product we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters fulfill all three of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a fantastic choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house keeps that classic, refined look. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, giving you the utmost control over light and heat entering your home.

Maybe the most notable advantage of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will usually be opened and shut more often than windows, so being able to withstand frequent usage is important. Polywood shutters are impervious to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can rest assured no matter how heavily-trafficked your sliding door is, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common solution for sliding doors in Cleveland is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color scheme you want to follow, vertical blinds might be the product for you, as they’re available in a variety of different shades, materials and designs. You can further customize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make adjusting them a breeze.

Keep in mind though that there may be a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly as much light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also have a tendency to sway back and forth, which means less privacy when closed. Blinds are also known for breaking if subjected to constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

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

Sliding panel tracks are primarily chosen for larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door the perfect site for a beautiful panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas in which you’ll entertain guests.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a rail—like extremely large vertical blinds, but they only open and shut, instead of tilting. They can be found in a variety of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and more - so you can find one that fits your Cleveland home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and orientation of your sliding door, you can select setups for a sliding panel track so it can close on one side or in the center, so you can coordinate function with your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door may be the most important window in your Cleveland house, so we want to ensure that the window treatment you select is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Cleveland today at 440-561-6787 to schedule your no-obligation in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.