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The Best Window Treatments In Cincinnati For Back Doors

July 19, 2016

Do you have flimsy blinds on your back door that clank against the glass pane when it’s shut? Or is your back door glass still uncovered because you haven’t decided how to cover it? Adding the right window treatments to your back door allows you to enjoy the natural light and view of your Cincinnati backyard and lets you have control over light and privacy - without the noise of blinds or any other treatment that bangs against the glass any time the door opens or shuts.

The first thing to look for when you want a new back door window treatment is durability. It needs to be sturdy enough to handle the constant motion of the door and brief exposure to outside. It should also provide privacy from neighbors while matching your décor.

Whether your back door is a french door, sliding glass door, or a normal swing out door with a glass window, learn about the best back door window treatments in Cincinnati to meet your needs.

Plantation Shutters That Are Attached To Your Door

French door with plantation shutters 

Faux wood plantation shutters are a great choice for back doors because the shutter panels are installed on your door. When you open and close your doors, the shutters move with the door and don’t bang around on the glass. Tilt open the shutter louvers to let in light or close them for added privacy. Swing out the shutter panels to easily clean the glass on the door.

Sunburst Shutters’ Polywood® faux wood shutters are sturdy and can endure the constant motion of your back door. They’re built using a composite material that resists moisture and fading. The shutters won’t crack or chip due to changes in humidity or temperature. Polywood shutters also reduce heat transfer through the window to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

Sliding glass doors or french doors that open onto your patio or deck can be difficult to cover due to their handles and large glass panes. Plantation shutters are customizable. If your door has large or irregular shaped handles, plantation shutters can be cut around those handles. They can fit over any size of glass. Plantation shutters can also be used with sliding panels for a sliding door or bi-fold doors. The result is stunning custom shutters that are tightly attached to your door. And you can easily open and close the shutters and your door.

Customizable Shades

Bedroom with woven shades on windows 

Another back door window treatment that is easy to customize is shades. They come in many colors, patterns, and materials. You can retract them to let all the light in or pull them down to decrease the light. Add-ons include liners for light and privacy which allow you to adjust them to your needs. Shades that work well for doors with glass include Roman shades, cellular shades, and roller shades. Roman shades stack up at the top of the shade but are smooth when you pull them down. Cellular shades have tiny pleats that resemble a honeycomb from the side, making air pockets that increase insulation. Roller shades have a tube at the top that the shades roll down from.

You’ll want shades made from material that can guard against the effects of moisture and heat if your door is exposed to constant sun or humidity. Shades aren’t as energy efficient as Polywood shutters. But you can block some energy loss by using cellular shades or shades made from thicker material with liners. Remember that shades are more susceptible to fading than shutters.

Shades can be installed with hold down brackets and they won’t swing around when you move the back door. One disadvantage shades have is that if you have non-standard door handles, you can’t cut the shade around the handle.

Discover The Back Door Window Treatment That’s Right For You

Want additional ideas for your back door window treatments in Cincinnati or window treatments for your living room, home office, or kitchen? Take a look at our idea gallery and Ultimate Room Guide. And if you’re ready to start the ordering process for window treatments contact us at 513-216-9740 to schedule a free in-home consultation. A member of our local team will come to your house and help you pick the perfect window treatment for your home. Give us a call today!

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