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Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in San Diego

September 07, 2016

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

Sunburst Shutters San Diego is ready to lend a hand in finding 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 looking for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

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

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

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding glass doors are very big in comparison to most windows, so a product that gives you great control over light and privacy is important.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door leading to full porch.

The first window treatment we’ll look at is also the product we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters fulfill 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 extremely energy-efficient, granting you the utmost control of heat and light that comes into your space.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of shutters when it comes to 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 warping, breaking or cracking, 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 solution for you, because they’re sold in a variety of different colors, materials and patterns. You can also tailor your choice with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make opening and closing them simple.

Don’t forget though that there are a few 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 back and forth, which results in less privacy when shut. Blinds are also infamous for breaking as a result of constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

San Diego Family room with navy walls and beige 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, though they only open and close, instead of tilting. They can be found in a variety of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and more - so you can find one 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, so you can coordinate function with your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door might be the most noticeable window in your San Diego home, so we want to ensure that 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 Diego today at 760-405-8887 to set up your no-obligation in-home consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.