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Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Austin

September 07, 2016

When shopping for the best window treatments for Austin homes, sliding doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s regrettable, because picking the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than anywhere else, given how frequently they’re utilized and the potential visual accent they can offer your room.

Sunburst Shutters Austin is happy to help you find the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s get started with the chief considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then compare specific options that can work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these properties in mind when searching for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

  • Resilience: Doors tend to be opened and closed more than windows, so pick a treatment that can handle the activity.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while typically windows move vertically. Ensure that your window treatment won’t hinder the usage of your door, understanding how much space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are quite large in comparison to most windows, so a window treatment that offers great control over light and privacy is a priority.

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door connecting to full porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters fulfill all the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are an excellent choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house keeps that classic, sophisticated look. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, giving you the highest level of control over heat and light entering your home.

Perhaps the greatest strength of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will most likely be opened and shut more often than windows, so being able to stand up to heavy usage is important. Polywood shutters are immune to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be sure that no matter how heavily-used your sliding door is, your shutters will last for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common option for sliding doors in Austin is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you need your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be the solution for you, since they can be found in an array of different colors, materials and textures. You can further personalize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make drawing the blinds a breeze.

Don’t forget though that there may be a few disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters will, even when the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also have a tendency to sway side to side, which means less privacy when closed. They are also infamous for breaking due to the constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Austin Living room with navy walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding glass door the perfect site for a classy panel track installation. With their ability to control light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas in which you’ll entertain guests.

Basically, sliding panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that move on a rail—like extremely large vertical blinds, but they only open and close, instead of tilting. They can be purchased in a number of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find a panel track that fits your Austin home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and layout of your sliding door, you’re able to select configurations for a sliding panel track so it can open from one side or in the center, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

We’re Ready To Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most visible window in your Austin home, so we want you to be confident that the product you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Austin today at 512-549-6077 to set up your free in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.