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The Best Window Treatments In Austin For Back Doors

July 19, 2016

Do you have cheap blinds on your back door that bang against the glass pane every time it’s shut? Or is the glass on your back door still bare because you don’t know what to put on it? Adding the right window treatments to your back door allows you to enjoy the light and outside view of your Austin backyard and gives you control over privacy and light - without the added noise of blinds or any other treatment that rattles against the glass whenever you move the door.

The first thing to think about when searching for a back door window treatment is durability. It needs to be durable enough to take the door’s repetitive motions and brief exposure to outside elements. It should also provide privacy from neighbors while accentuating your home.

Whether your back door is a normal swing out door with a glass window, a french door, or a sliding glass door, learn about the best back door window treatment options in Austin for your home.

Plantation Shutters That Are Fixed To Your Door

Plantation shutters on a french door leading out to pool 

Faux wood plantation shutters work well with back doors because the shutter panels are installed on your door. When you shut your doors, the shutters move with the door and don’t bounce against the glass. Tilt open the shutter louvers to let in light or close them for privacy. The shutter panels swing out so you can clean the glass on the door.

Sunburst Shutters’ Polywood® faux wood shutters are sturdy and can withstand the continuous movement of your back door. They’re crafted from a composite material that blocks moisture and fading. The shutters won’t crack or chip because of temperature or humidity changes. Polywood shutters also minimize heat transfer through the window to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

French doors or sliding glass doors that are attached to your patio or deck can be challenging to cover due to their handles and large glass panes. Plantation shutters are customizable. If your door has irregular shaped or large handles, plantation shutters can be cut around those handles. They can cover any size of glass. Plantation shutters can also cover sliding panels for a sliding door or bi-fold doors. You’ll end up with stunning custom shutters that stay tight with your door. And it’s easy to open and shut the shutters and your door.

Custom Shades

Woven shades on bedroom windows 

Shades are a back door window treatment that is easy to personalize. They come in many colors, patterns, and materials. You can retract them to the top to see the view outside or pull them down to decrease the light. Options include liners for light and privacy which let you customize them to your needs. Shades that work well for doors with glass include Roman shades, cellular shades, and roller shades. Roman shades form a stack at the top of the shade but are flat when pulled down to the bottom. Cellular shades have small pleats that form a honeycomb shape from the side, creating air pockets that help with insulation. Roller shades roll down from a tube at the top.

You’ll want shades made from material that is resistant to heat and moisture if your door is exposed to bright sun or humidity. Shades aren’t as energy efficient as Polywood shutters. But you can block some energy loss by using cellular shades or shades made from thicker material with liners. Be aware that shades are more susceptible to fading than shutters.

You can add hold down brackets to shades. This way they don’t swing around when you open the back door. One disadvantage shades have is that if you have big door handles, you can’t cut the shade around the handle.

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

Want more ideas for your back door window treatments in Austin 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 order window treatments contact us at 512-549-6077 for a free in-home consultation. One of our window treatment professionals will come to your home and help you find the perfect window treatment for your home. Contact us today!

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