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The Best Window Treatments In Washington DC For Back Doors

July 19, 2016

Do you have flimsy blinds on your back door that rattle against the glass pane each time you shut the door? Or is your back door glass still bare because you’re unsure what to put on it? Adding the right window treatments to your back door allows you to enjoy the natural light and view of your Washington DC backyard while also giving you control over light and privacy - without the added noise of blinds or any other window covering that bangs against the glass when you shut the door.

The first thing you should consider when finding a new back door window treatment is durability. It should be strong enough to withstand the constant motion of the door and occasional exposure to outside elements. It should also provide privacy from curious neighbors while matching your home and style.

Whether your back door is a sliding glass door, a french door, or a regular swing out door with a glass window, learn about the best back door window treatments in Washington DC to fit your needs.

Plantation Shutters That Are Attached To Your Door

French door with plantation shutters 

Faux wood plantation shutters work well on back doors because the shutter panels are tightly attached to your door. So when you open and close your doors, the shutters go with the door and don’t swing around on the glass. You can tilt the shutter louvers open so light comes through or close them for privacy. Swing out the shutter panels to easily wipe down the door’s glass.

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

French doors or sliding glass doors that are attached to your deck or patio can be hard to cover because of their handles and large glass panes. Plantation shutters can be customized. They can be cut out around large or irregular shaped handles and can fit over any size of glass. Plantation shutters can also cover sliding panels for a sliding door or bi-fold doors. The result is pristine custom shutters that stay tight with your door. And you can easily open and shut the door and your shutters.

Customizable Shades

Contemporary bedroom with light woven shades 

Shades are a back door window treatment that is easy to customize to your home. They come in multiple patterns, colors, and material. You can retract them to let all the light in or pull them all the way down to decrease the light. Options include liners for light and privacy which allow you to tailor them to your needs. Shades that are great for doors with glass include Roman shades, cellular shades, and roller shades. Roman shades stack up at the top of the shade but are flat when you pull them down. Cellular shades have tiny pleats that form a honeycomb shape from the side. These pleats create small air pockets that help with insulation. Roller shades have a tube at the top that the shades come down from.

If your door is subject to bright sun or humidity, choose shade material that can guard against the effects of heat and moisture. While shades aren’t as energy efficient as Polywood shutters, you can block some temperature loss by using liners, thicker materials, or cellular shades. Remember that shades are more susceptible to fading when compared to shutters.

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

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

Looking for additional ideas for your back door window treatments in Washington DC or window treatments for your living room, dining room, or sidelights? Browse through our idea gallery and Ultimate Room Guide. And if you’re ready to purchase window treatments call us at 240-339-2588 for a free in-home consultation. One of our window treatment professionals will come to your home and help you pick the best window treatment. Contact us today!