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How To Choose The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Raleigh

September 07, 2016

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Raleigh homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally left out. That’s regrettable, since selecting the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than any other window, given how much they are utilized and the potential visual boost they can lend to your house.

Sunburst Shutters Raleigh is happy to lend a hand in finding the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s first look at the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific options that might work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep the following aspects in mind when comparing sliding door window treatments:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be used more frequently than windows, so go with a treatment that can handle it.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while the majority of windows operate vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t block the usage of your door, bearing in mind how much space is available around the door.

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

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door leading to outdoor porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the product we recommend the most. Plantation shutters fulfill all the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are an excellent choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house preserves that timeless, sophisticated feel. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the highest level of control over heat and light entering your space.

Maybe the most notable advantage of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed much more than windows, so being able to handle frequent use is vital. Polywood shutters are immune to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how often your sliding door is used, your shutters will last for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

Another common solution for sliding doors in Raleigh 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 scheme you want to follow, vertical blinds may be the product for you, because they can be found in a variety of different colors, materials and patterns. You can further customize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless 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 do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway side to side, which means less privacy when closed. Blinds are also notorious for breaking due to the constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Raleigh Living room with gray walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

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

Basically, sliding panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that adjust on a track—like very large vertical blinds, though they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They can be found in a selection of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find a panel track that fits your Raleigh home’s style.

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

We’re Ready To Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door might be the most noticeable window in your Raleigh house, so we want to ensure that the window covering you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Raleigh today at 919-887-9198 to set up your free in-home design consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.