The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Gainesville

Eric Ramsey

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Gainesville homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s regrettable, since choosing the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they tend to be utilized and the potential visual boost they can add to your house.

Sunburst Shutters Gainesville is ready to lend a hand in finding the best window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s start off with the chief considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific options that may work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these properties in mind when looking for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while typically windows operate vertically. Make sure your window treatment doesn’t block the usage of the door, bearing in mind the amount of space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are very large relative to most windows, so a product 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 window treatment we’ll discuss is also the product we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters fulfill all the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a terrific choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house retains that timeless, refined aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, giving you the highest level of control over light and heat entering your home.

Possibly the greatest advantage of shutters as a treatment for sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and shut more often than windows, so being able to stand up to frequent use is key. Polywood shutters are immune to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily-trafficked your sliding door is, your shutters will last for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common solution for sliding doors in Gainesville 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 scheme you need to follow, vertical blinds might be the product for you, as they’re sold in an array of different hues, materials and textures. You can also personalize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make opening and closing them easy.

Bear in mind though that there are a few disadvantages with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also have a tendency to sway back and forth, which means less privacy when shut. They are also known for breaking due to the constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Gainesville Family room with gray walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often used on larger windows, making your sliding glass door a great place for a stylish panel track installation. With their ability to control light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that adjust on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, though they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They can be purchased in a selection of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and beyond - so you can find an option that goes with your Gainesville home’s style.

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

We’re Ready To Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most visible window in your Gainesville home, so we want to help you make sure the window treatment you pick is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Gainesville today at 813-602-5966 to schedule your no-obligation in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.