Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Austin

Tyler Jorgensen

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

Sunburst Shutters Austin is happy to help you find the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the most important 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 things in mind when searching for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

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

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

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are quite large compared 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 leading to full porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the product we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters satisfy 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 retains that classic, sophisticated look. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, giving you the highest level of control over heat and light entering your home.

Maybe the most notable strength of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and shut more often than windows, so the ability to stand up to heavy usage is important. Polywood shutters are resistant to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can rest assured 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 fixture 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, because they’re sold in an array of different shades, materials and textures. You can further tailor your choice with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make opening and closing them 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 if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also have a tendency to sway back and forth, which means less privacy when closed. They are also known for breaking as a result of constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

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

Sliding panel tracks are primarily picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding glass door the perfect site for a stylish panel track installation. With their ability to control light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in spaces in which you’ll often have 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 wood to natural fibers to fabrics and beyond - so you can find a panel track that fits your Austin home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and orientation of your sliding door, you’re able to pick configurations for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end 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 noticeable window in your Austin home, so we want you to be confident that the window covering you pick 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.