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How To Pick The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Detroit

September 07, 2016

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Detroit homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get forgotten. 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 are utilized and the potential visual boost they can give your room.

Sunburst Shutters Detroit is set to assist in getting you 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 shopping for sliding door window treatments:

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while typically windows operate vertically. Make sure 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.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door leading to outdoor porch.

The first window treatment we’ll look at is also the product we recommend the most. Plantation shutters fulfill 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 retains that classic, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the utmost control of heat and light that comes into your home.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will most likely 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. As you can guess, 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 patterns. 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 a few 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, which results in 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 most often picked to cover larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door an ideal location 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 spaces where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

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

Depending on the dimensions and layout of your sliding door, you can pick 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 could be the most important window in your Detroit house, so we want you to be confident 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 Detroit today at 248-429-9294 to schedule your free in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.