How To Pick The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Phoenix

Greg Arnett

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Phoenix homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get neglected. That’s bad news, because choosing the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than anywhere else, given how frequently they tend to be used and the potential visual boost they can offer your space.

Sunburst Shutters Phoenix is set to assist in getting you the best 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 may work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep the following things in mind when shopping for sliding door window treatments:

  • Resilience: Doors tend to be used more frequently than windows, so choose a treatment that can handle the usage.

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

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are fairly large in comparison to most windows, so a window treatment that adds great light control and privacy is important.

Recommended 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 meet each of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a fantastic choice. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your house retains that classic, sophisticated aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the highest level of control of light and heat that comes into your house.

Perhaps the most notable advantage of shutters as a treatment for sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will typically be opened and closed much more than windows, so being able to withstand repeated use is important. Polywood shutters are impervious to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how often your sliding door is used, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common choice for sliding glass doors in Phoenix is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds may be the solution for you, because they can be found in a variety of different hues, materials and designs. You can also tailor your choice with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make adjusting them a breeze.

Remember though that there are a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly as much light as shutters will, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, which results in less privacy when closed. Blinds are also infamous for breaking as a result of constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Phoenix Study with gray walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically chosen for larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door an ideal spot for a beautiful panel track installation. With their potential to adjust for light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in spaces in which you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that move on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, although they only open and close, instead of tilting. They can be found in a variety of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find one that goes with your Phoenix home’s style.

Depending on the size and location of your sliding door, you can pick from a few different arrangements for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the center, letting you add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door may be the most important window in your Phoenix house, so we want to help you make sure the product you select is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Phoenix today at 480-485-7743 to set up your no-obligation in-home consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.