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How To Pick The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Boise

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Boise homes, sliding doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s unfortunate, since picking the perfect window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than any other window, given how frequently they tend to be utilized and the potential visual boost they can offer your house.

Sunburst Shutters Boise is set to assist in getting you the perfect window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s start off with the primary considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific treatments that might work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

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

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be opened and closed more than windows, so choose a treatment that can handle the usage.

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

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

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door going to outdoor porch.

The first window treatment we’ll examine is also the one we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters satisfy each of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a terrific pick. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your home retains that timeless, elegant aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the greatest control of heat and light entering your home.

Maybe the biggest strength of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will most likely be opened and shut more often than windows, so the ability to stand up to heavy usage is important. Polywood shutters are impervious to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily your sliding door is used, your shutters will last for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common option for sliding glass doors in Boise is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture above your sliding door. If you have a very specific color scheme you need to follow, vertical blinds would be the product for you, since they can be found in an array of different colors, materials and textures. You can further tailor your choice with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make drawing the blinds simple.

Keep in mind though that there are a couple disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, resulting in less privacy when shut. They are also infamous for breaking due to the constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Boise Family room with navy walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often chosen for larger windows, which makes your sliding door an ideal site for a stylish panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in spaces where you’ll often have guests.

Panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that adjust on a track—like extremely wide vertical blinds, though they only open and shut, instead of tilting. They’re available in a variety of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find a panel track that goes with your Boise home’s style.

Depending on the size and layout of your sliding door, you can choose from a few different setups for a sliding panel track so it can close on one side or in the center, letting you add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door could be the most important window in your Boise 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 Boise today at 208-609-9129 to set up your free in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.