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The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Gainesville

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Gainesville homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally left out. That’s regrettable, because choosing the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than anywhere else, given how much they tend to be utilized and the potential visual boost they can add to your room.

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 most important considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific options that might work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these things 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 it.

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

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding 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

Faux wood shutters on sliding door going to outdoor porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the product we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters satisfy each of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house keeps that timeless, refined aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, offering you the utmost control over light and heat entering your home.

Possibly the most notable strength of shutters as a treatment for sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will most likely be opened and shut more often than windows, so being able to stand up to repeated use is important. Polywood shutters are immune to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how much usage your sliding door sees, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common solution for sliding doors in Gainesville is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture above your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you’d like to follow, vertical blinds might be the product for you, as they can be found in a variety of different hues, materials and textures. You can also tailor your choice with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make opening and closing them simple.

Bear in mind though that there are some 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 side to side, which means less privacy when shut. They are also infamous for breaking due to the constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Gainesville Study with gray walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often chosen for larger windows, making your sliding glass door a great place for a classy panel track installation. With their capacity to control light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in spaces 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, but they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They’re available in a variety of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - 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 could be the most visible window in your Gainesville home, so we want to ensure that the window treatment you choose 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.