Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in San Diego

Kimball Jones

When shopping for the best window treatments for San Diego homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s bad news, because picking the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than any other window, given how frequently they are used and the potential visual boost they can offer your room.

Sunburst Shutters San Diego is happy to assist in getting you the best window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s start off with the most important considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific treatments that can work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these properties in mind when shopping for sliding door window treatments:

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while typically windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t obstruct the usage of the door, bearing in mind how much space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding glass doors are very big compared 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

Faux wood shutters on sliding door connecting to full porch.

The first window treatment we’ll examine is also the product we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters satisfy all three of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are an excellent option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house retains that timeless, refined look. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, granting you the utmost control of heat and light that comes into your house.

Perhaps the greatest strength of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will typically be opened and closed more often than windows, so being able to stand up to repeated use is vital. Polywood shutters are resistant to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be sure that no matter how much usage your sliding door sees, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common choice for sliding glass doors in San Diego is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail above your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be the product for you, because they’re sold in a variety of different shades, materials and textures. You can also personalize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make drawing the blinds easy.

Don’t forget though that there are some disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly the amount of light as shutters will, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway side to side, which results in less privacy when shut. Blinds are also known for breaking as a result of constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

San Diego Study with grey walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding door a great spot for a beautiful panel track installation. With their ability to control light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in rooms in which you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a rail—like very wide vertical blinds, but they only open and close, instead of tilting. They can be found in a variety of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and more - so you can find an option that complements your San Diego home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and location of your sliding door, you can choose configurations for a sliding panel track so it can close on one end or in the center, letting you coordinate function with your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most visible window in your San Diego 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 Diego today at 858-956-5822 to set up your no-obligation in-home consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.