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Finding The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Atlanta

September 07, 2016

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Atlanta homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally left out. That’s regrettable, because choosing the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than anywhere else, given how much they are used and the potential visual boost they can give your room.

Sunburst Shutters Atlanta is happy to lend a hand in finding the best window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s start off with the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific treatments that might work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

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

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while the majority of windows operate vertically. Ensure that your window treatment won’t hinder the usage of the door, bearing in mind the amount of space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are quite big compared to most windows, so a window treatment that gives you great light control and privacy is important.

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door connecting to outdoor porch.

The first option we’ll discuss is also the one we recommend the most. Plantation shutters meet each of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a terrific pick. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home retains that timeless, refined feel. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, granting you the utmost control over heat and light that comes into your home.

Maybe the most notable strength of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will typically be opened and shut more often than windows, so being able to handle frequent use is important. Polywood shutters are impervious to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be sure that no matter how heavily-used your sliding door is, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common choice for sliding glass doors in Atlanta is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color scheme you’d like to follow, vertical blinds might be the solution for you, since they can be found in an array of different colors, materials and textures. You can also tailor your choice with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make adjusting them a breeze.

Keep in mind though that there may be a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly as much light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway back and forth, which means less privacy when closed. They are also known for breaking as a result of constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Atlanta Family room with grey walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often chosen for larger windows, making your sliding door an ideal site for a beautiful panel track installation. With their potential to adjust for light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, meaning they don’t tilt. They can be found in a variety of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and beyond - so you can find a panel track that complements your Atlanta home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and orientation of your sliding door, you’re able to pick setups for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the center, letting you add function to your fashion.

We’re Ready To Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door could be the most important window in your Atlanta home, so we want you to be confident that the window treatment you go with is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Atlanta today at 404-962-8517 to set up your no-obligation in-home consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.