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How To Choose The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Salt Lake City

September 07, 2016

When shopping for the best window treatments for Salt Lake City homes, sliding doors can sometimes get neglected. That’s bad news, because picking the right window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than anywhere else, given how much they are used and the potential visual accent they can give your space.

Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City is ready to help you find the perfect window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s get started with the chief considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific treatments that might work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following things in mind when searching for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

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

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

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are fairly large compared to most windows, so a product that offers great light control and privacy is a priority.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door leading to back porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters satisfy all the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are an excellent option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house preserves that classic, elegant aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, granting you the highest level of control of light and heat entering your space.

Perhaps the most notable advantage of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and shut much more than windows, so being able to stand up to repeated use is key. Polywood shutters are resistant to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be sure that no matter how frequently your sliding door is used, your shutters will last for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

An additional common solution for sliding glass doors in Salt Lake City is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track above your sliding door. If you have a very specific color palette you need your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be a good option for you, as they can be found in a variety of different hues, materials and textures. You can also personalize with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make drawing the blinds easy.

Keep in mind though that there are some disadvantages with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, which results in less privacy when shut. Blinds are also notorious for breaking due to the constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Salt Lake City Living room with navy walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding glass door the perfect place for a classy panel track installation. With their capacity to control light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in rooms where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that move on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They can be purchased in a number of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and beyond - so you can find a panel track that fits your Salt Lake City home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and location of your sliding door, you’re able to pick setups for a sliding panel track so it can open from one side or in the middle, letting you add function to your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most visible window in your Salt Lake City home, so we want you to be confident that the product you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City today at 801-515-3598 to schedule your no-obligation in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.