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Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in San Antonio

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for 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 can be more important than anywhere else, given how often they are used and the potential visual boost they can offer your space.

Sunburst Shutters San Antonio is ready 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 look more closely at specific products that can work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these 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 it.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while the majority of windows move vertically. Make sure your window treatment doesn’t block 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 outdoor 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, refined look. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the greatest control over light and heat entering your house.

Possibly the greatest strength of shutters when paired with 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 cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how much usage your sliding door sees, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

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 mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color scheme you need your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be the product for you, since they’re sold in an array of different hues, materials and textures. You can also tailor your choice with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make drawing the blinds simple.

Keep in mind though that there are a few 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 infamous for breaking due to the constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

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

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

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that move on a track—like extremely large vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They’re available in a variety of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find an option that complements your San Antonio home’s style.

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

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door might be the most noticeable window in your San Antonio 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 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.