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How To Choose The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Chicago

September 07, 2016

When shopping for the best window treatments for Chicago homes, sliding doors are occasionally neglected. That’s unfortunate, because finding 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 boost they can give your house.

Sunburst Shutters Chicago is ready to assist in getting you the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the chief considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific treatments that may work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following things in mind when shopping for sliding door window treatments:

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

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

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding glass doors are very large compared to most windows, so a product that adds great light control and privacy is important.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door going to back porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the one we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters satisfy each of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic pick. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house preserves that classic, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, giving you the greatest control of light and heat that comes into your house.

Possibly the biggest benefit of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed more often than windows, so being able to handle repeated use is vital. Polywood shutters are resistant to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how much action your sliding door sees, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common option for sliding doors in Chicago is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds may be the solution for you, because they can be found in a variety of different colors, materials and textures. You can further tailor your choice with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make drawing the blinds easy.

Don’t forget though that there are a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly as much light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also have a tendency to sway side to side, which results in less privacy when shut. They are also known for breaking if subjected to constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Chicago Living room with gray walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often picked to cover larger windows, which makes your sliding door an ideal location for a stylish panel track installation. With their capacity to control light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in rooms in which you’ll often have guests.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a rail—like extremely wide vertical blinds, but they only open and close, instead of tilting. They’re available in a number of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find one that complements your Chicago home’s style.

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

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most noticeable window in your Chicago home, so we want to ensure that the window covering you go with is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Chicago today at 847-250-6544 to set up your free in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.