How To Choose The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Raleigh

Blake Jarman

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Raleigh homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally forgotten. That’s regrettable, since selecting the perfect window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than any other window, given how much they tend to be 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 bear in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific options that may 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

Wood shutters on sliding door leading to outdoor porch.

The first window treatment 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 timeless, sophisticated feel. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the utmost control over heat and light entering your space.

Maybe the greatest advantage of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed much more than windows, so being able to withstand repeated use is vital. Polywood shutters are immune to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily-trafficked your sliding door is, your shutters will last for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

Another common solution for sliding doors in Raleigh is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, 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 would be the product for you, since they’re sold 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 back and forth, which means less privacy when closed. Blinds are also notorious for breaking as a result of constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

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

Sliding panel tracks are typically used on larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door the perfect location 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, but they only open and shut, meaning they don’t tilt. They can be found in a variety of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and more - so you can find a panel track that fits your Raleigh home’s style.

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

We’re Ready To Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most noticeable window in your Raleigh house, so we want to ensure that the window covering you pick 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.