Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in San Antonio

Tyler Jorgensen

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for San Antonio homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally neglected. That’s unfortunate, since picking the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than anywhere else, given how often they tend to be used and the potential visual boost they can offer your space.

Sunburst Shutters San Antonio is happy to lend a hand in finding the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the chief considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific products that can work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these things 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 it.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while typically windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t hinder the usage of the door, bearing in mind the amount of space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are quite big 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

plantation shutters on sliding door connecting to back porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the one we recommend the most. Plantation shutters satisfy all three of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are an excellent pick. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house preserves that classic, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the greatest control over light and heat that comes into your space.

Possibly the greatest advantage of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will most likely be opened and closed much more than windows, so the ability to stand up to heavy use is vital. Polywood shutters are impervious to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily-trafficked your sliding door is, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

An additional common choice for sliding glass doors in San Antonio is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail above your sliding door. If you have a very specific color scheme you need your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds may be the solution for you, because they can be found in an array of different hues, materials and textures. You can also personalize with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make opening and closing them simple.

Keep in mind though that there are some drawbacks with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also tend to sway, which means less privacy when shut. They are also known for breaking due to the constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

San Antonio Living room with grey walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are primarily picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding glass door a great spot for a classy panel track installation. With their ability to control light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in spaces in which you’ll entertain guests.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that move on a rail—like extremely large vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, meaning they don’t tilt. They can be purchased in a variety of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find one that goes with your San Antonio home’s style.

Depending on the size and orientation of your sliding door, you can select configurations for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the middle, letting you add function to your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door might be the most visible window in your San Antonio 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 San Antonio today at 210-876-0377 to schedule your no-obligation in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.