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Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Washington DC

September 07, 2016

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Washington DC homes, sliding doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s unfortunate, because finding the perfect window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than any other window, given how much they are utilized and the potential visual boost they can offer your home.

Sunburst Shutters DC is happy to assist in getting you the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the chief considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then dive into specific products that might work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep the following aspects in mind when comparing sliding door window treatments:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so go with a treatment that can handle the wear.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas the majority of windows move vertically. Make sure your window treatment doesn’t block the usage of the door, keeping in mind the amount of space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are fairly large compared to most windows, so a window treatment that adds great light control and privacy is important.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door connecting to back porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters satisfy all three of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a fantastic option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home preserves that timeless, sophisticated look. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, giving you the utmost control over light and heat that comes into your home.

Maybe the biggest benefit of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and shut much more than windows, so the ability to handle frequent use is key. Polywood shutters are resistant to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how often your sliding door is used, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common choice for sliding doors in Washington DC is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture above your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you need to follow, vertical blinds might be the solution for you, since they’re sold in a variety of different shades, materials and designs. You can further customize with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make drawing the blinds simple.

Bear in mind though that there may be some drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also have a tendency to sway, resulting in less privacy when closed. They are also infamous for breaking if subjected to constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Washington DC Family room with navy walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically chosen for larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door the perfect place for a stylish panel track installation. With their ability to adjust for light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in rooms where you’ll entertain guests.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that slide on a rail—like extremely large vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They can be found in a number of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find a panel track that complements your Washington DC home’s style.

Depending on the size and layout of your sliding door, you can select configurations for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the middle, so you can add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door may be the most noticeable window in your Washington DC 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 DC today at 240-339-2588 to set up your no-obligation in-home design consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.