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How To Pick The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Phoenix

September 07, 2016

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 are used and the potential visual accent they can offer your space.

Sunburst Shutters Phoenix is set to lend a hand in finding the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s get started with the primary considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then compare specific products that might work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

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

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, whereas most windows operate vertically. Make sure your window treatment doesn’t obstruct the usage of your door, bearing in mind the amount of 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 window treatment that adds great light control and privacy is important.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door going to outdoor porch.

The first option we’ll look at is also the solution we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters meet all the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic option. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your house keeps that classic, sophisticated feel. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, offering you the utmost control of light and heat that comes into your house.

Perhaps the greatest 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 the ability to withstand repeated use is key. Polywood shutters are impervious to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily 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 fixture 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 product for you, since 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 known for breaking as a result of constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Phoenix Study with gray walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically picked to cover larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door a great spot for a beautiful panel track installation. With their potential to adjust for light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in areas 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 selection of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and more - so you can find an option that complements your Phoenix home’s style.

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

Let’s Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most important window in your Phoenix house, so we want to ensure that 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 Phoenix today at 480-485-7743 to set up your no-obligation in-home consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.