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How To Choose The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Denver

September 07, 2016

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Denver homes, sliding doors can sometimes get neglected. That’s regrettable, since picking the perfect window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than anywhere else, given how frequently they’re used and the potential visual accent they can lend to your space.

Sunburst Shutters Denver is ready to help you find the perfect window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s start off with the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific options that can work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following things in mind when searching for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while typically windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment won’t block the usage of the door, understanding the amount of space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding doors are quite big relative to most windows, so a product that gives you great control over light and privacy is important.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door going to outdoor porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the one we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters meet all the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home preserves that classic, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, granting you the highest level of control over light and heat entering your space.

Perhaps the biggest strength of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and closed more often than windows, so the ability to stand up to heavy use is vital. Polywood shutters are resistant to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be sure that no matter how often your sliding door is used, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common solution for sliding glass doors in Denver 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 palette you need to follow, vertical blinds would be a good option for you, as they’re available in an array of different hues, materials and patterns. You can also customize with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make adjusting them easy.

Don’t forget though that there may be a few disadvantages with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway side to side, which means less privacy when shut. They are also notorious for breaking if subjected to constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Denver Family room with gray 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 site for a classy panel track installation. With their tendency to adjust for light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in rooms in which you’ll entertain guests.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that slide on a rail—like extremely large vertical blinds, but they only open and close, instead of tilting. They’re available in a selection of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find a panel track that goes with your Denver home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and location of your sliding door, you’re able to select 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 Can Help Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most visible window in your Denver house, so we want to ensure that the window covering you select is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Denver today at 720-538-0182 to schedule your free in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.
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