How To Pick The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Detroit

Steve Hill

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Detroit homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get left out. That’s bad news, because picking the perfect window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than anywhere else, given how often they tend to be utilized and the potential visual boost they can give your room.

Sunburst Shutters Detroit is set to lend a hand in finding the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s get started with the chief considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then compare specific treatments that may work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following properties in mind when searching for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be used more frequently than windows, so pick a treatment that can handle the wear.

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

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are quite large compared to most windows, so a window treatment that adds great control over light and privacy is important.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door leading to back porch.

The first window treatment we’ll look at is also the product we recommend the most. Plantation shutters satisfy each of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are an excellent pick. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house keeps that classic, refined look. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the utmost control of heat and light that comes into your home.

Maybe the biggest advantage of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and closed more often than windows, so being able to handle repeated use is vital. Polywood shutters are immune to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be sure that no matter how much action your sliding door sees, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common option for sliding doors in Detroit is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you want to follow, vertical blinds would be the solution for you, as they can be found in an array of different shades, materials and textures. You can further personalize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make drawing the blinds a breeze.

Bear in mind though that there are some drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, meaning less privacy when shut. Blinds are also known for breaking as a result of constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Detroit Living room with grey walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically picked to cover larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door an ideal spot for a classy panel track installation. With their tendency to adjust for light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in areas where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that adjust on a track—like extremely large vertical blinds, but they only open and shut, instead of tilting. They can be purchased in a selection of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and more - so you can find an option that fits your Detroit home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and layout of your sliding door, you can select configurations for a sliding panel track so it can close on one end or in the middle, so you can coordinate function with your fashion.

We’re Ready To Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most important window in your Detroit house, so we want you to be confident that the product you pick is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Detroit today at 248-429-9294 to schedule your free in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.