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How To Choose The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in New Brunswick

September 07, 2016

When shopping for the best window treatments for New Brunswick homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally forgotten. That’s regrettable, since choosing the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they are used and the potential visual boost they can give your room.

Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick is set to lend a hand in finding the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s first look at the most important considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then compare specific options that may work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following properties in mind when looking for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while the majority of windows operate vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t hinder the usage of the door, bearing in mind the amount of space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are quite big in comparison to most windows, so a window treatment that adds great light control and privacy is important.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door connecting to full porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the product we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters fulfill each of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a fantastic pick. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your house preserves that timeless, refined look. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, giving you the greatest control of light and heat that comes into your home.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will most likely be opened and shut much more than windows, so being able to withstand heavy use is vital. Polywood shutters are resistant to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how much usage your sliding door sees, your shutters will last for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

An additional common choice for sliding doors in New Brunswick is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color scheme you’d like your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds might be a good option for you, because they’re sold in an array of different shades, materials and textures. You can further customize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make drawing the blinds easy.

Don’t forget though that there may be a few drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also tend to sway back and forth, resulting in less privacy when shut. Blinds are also infamous for breaking due to the constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

New Brunswick Living room with grey walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are primarily used on larger windows, making your sliding door an ideal place for a stylish panel track installation. With their ability to control light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in spaces in which you’ll entertain guests.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that move on a rail—like extremely wide vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They can be purchased in a selection of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find a panel track that goes with your New Brunswick home’s style.

Depending on the size and orientation of your sliding door, you can select from a few different setups for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the middle, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most important window in your New Brunswick home, so we want to ensure that the window covering you select is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters New Brunswick today at 732-301-6168 to set up your no-obligation in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.