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The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Orlando

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Orlando homes, sliding doors are occasionally left out. That’s unfortunate, since finding the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than anywhere else, given how much they are used and the potential visual boost they can offer your home.

Sunburst Shutters Orlando is ready to assist in getting you the perfect window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s get started 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 things in mind when searching for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

  • Durability: Doors tend to be opened and closed more than windows, so choose 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 to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are quite large in comparison to most windows, so a product that gives you 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 examine is also the solution we recommend the most. Plantation shutters meet all the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a fantastic pick. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your house retains that timeless, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the highest level of control over heat and light that comes into your home.

Possibly the greatest 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 withstand frequent usage is key. Polywood shutters are resistant to warping, breaking or cracking, 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 option for sliding glass doors in Orlando 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 palette you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds may be a good option for you, because they’re available in a variety of different hues, materials and textures. You can also customize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make drawing the blinds easy.

Don’t forget though that there may be 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 back and forth, meaning less privacy when shut. Blinds are also notorious for breaking due to the constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Orlando Living room with navy walls and beige 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 capacity to adjust for light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in spaces 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 selection 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 arrangements 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 home, so we want to help you make sure the product 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.