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The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Clearwater

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Clearwater homes, sliding doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s regrettable, since finding the right window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than anywhere else, given how often they are used and the potential visual accent they can lend to your house.

Sunburst Shutters Clearwater is set to help you find 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 look more closely at specific treatments that can work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these qualities in mind when searching for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

  • Resilience: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so find a treatment that can handle the activity.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas the majority of windows move vertically. Ensure that your window treatment doesn’t block the usage of the door, keeping in mind how much space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding glass doors are very big relative to most windows, so a product that adds great control over light and privacy is a priority.

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door connecting to back porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the one we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters satisfy 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 home retains that timeless, refined aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, giving you the utmost control of light and heat entering your home.

Possibly 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 the ability to handle repeated use is key. Polywood shutters are impervious to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can rest assured no matter how heavily-used your sliding door is, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common option for sliding doors in Clearwater is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track above your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you need to follow, vertical blinds might be the product for you, because they can be found in a variety of different hues, materials and designs. You can also personalize with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make drawing the blinds a breeze.

Remember though that there may be some drawbacks with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly the amount of light as shutters will, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also have a tendency to sway, resulting in less privacy when closed. Blinds are also notorious for breaking due to the constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Clearwater Family room with navy walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically picked to cover larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door an ideal spot for a beautiful panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in spaces where you’ll entertain guests.

Panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a track—like very large vertical blinds, although they only open and close, instead of tilting. They’re available in a selection of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find an option that fits your Clearwater home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and location of your sliding door, you can select from a few different arrangements for a sliding panel track so it can close on one side or in the center, letting you add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most visible window in your Clearwater home, so we want to help you make sure 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 Clearwater today at 813-580-7288 to schedule your free in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.