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The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Cincinnati

September 07, 2016

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Cincinnati homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally neglected. That’s bad news, because picking the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than any other window, given how often they are used and the potential visual accent they can offer your space.

Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati is set to help you find the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s first look at the chief considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then dive into specific treatments that can work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep these aspects in mind when comparing sliding door window treatments:

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas most windows move vertically. Ensure that your window treatment won’t block the usage of the door, bearing in mind how much space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are fairly big compared to most windows, so a product that adds great control over light and privacy is important.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door leading to outdoor porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters meet each of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic option. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your home preserves that timeless, elegant aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, offering you the highest level of control of light and heat entering your house.

Perhaps the biggest strength of shutters as a treatment for sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed much more than windows, so the ability to withstand frequent use is important. Polywood shutters are resistant to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily your sliding door is used, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common choice for sliding glass doors in Cincinnati is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color palette you’d like to follow, vertical blinds may be the solution for you, because they’re available in a variety of different colors, materials and textures. You can further tailor your choice with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make adjusting them a breeze.

Keep in mind though that there may be some drawbacks with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also have a tendency to sway, meaning less privacy when closed. They are also infamous for breaking due to the constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Cincinnati Family room with gray walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are primarily chosen for larger windows, making your sliding door an ideal spot for a stylish panel track installation. With their tendency to adjust for light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are ideal 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 rail—like very wide vertical blinds, though they only open and close, unable to tilt. They’re available in a variety of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find one that complements your Cincinnati home’s style.

Depending on the size 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 center, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

We’re Ready To Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door may be the most important window in your Cincinnati home, so we want to ensure that the product you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Cincinnati today at 513-216-9740 to schedule your free in-home design consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.