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

Todd Hansen

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Orlando homes, sliding doors are occasionally forgotten. That’s bad news, since picking the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they are used and the potential visual boost they can add to your home.

Sunburst Shutters Orlando is happy to assist in getting you the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the primary considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then compare specific options that may work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep these properties in mind when looking for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

  • Durability: Doors tend to be opened and closed more than windows, so pick a treatment that can handle the activity.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas most windows operate vertically. Ensure that your window treatment won’t hinder the usage of the door, keeping in mind how much space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are fairly large 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 going to outdoor porch.

The first product we’ll look at is also the solution we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters meet all the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a terrific pick. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your house keeps that timeless, sophisticated look. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the highest level of control over heat and light entering your home.

Possibly the most notable benefit of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will typically be opened and shut more often than windows, so being able to handle frequent usage is key. Polywood shutters are immune to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily-trafficked your sliding door is, your shutters will persist for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

Another common solution for sliding glass doors in Orlando is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color palette you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be a good option for you, because they’re available in a variety of different hues, materials and patterns. You can also customize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make opening and closing them easy.

Don’t forget though that there are a few disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters will, even when the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also tend to sway side to side, meaning less privacy when shut. Blinds are also notorious for breaking as a result of constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Orlando Living room with grey walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are primarily picked to cover larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door an ideal site for a stylish panel track installation. With their ability to adjust for light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in areas where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Basically, sliding panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that move on a track—like extremely wide vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, instead of tilting. They can be purchased in a variety of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find an option that fits your Orlando home’s style.

Depending on the size and location of your sliding door, you’re able to pick setups for a sliding panel track so it can close on one side or in the middle, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door might be the most visible window in your Orlando house, so we want to ensure 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 Orlando today at 407-630-7011 to schedule your free in-home design consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.