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How To Choose The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Minneapolis

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Minneapolis homes, sliding doors can sometimes get left out. That’s unfortunate, since picking the right window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than any other window, given how much they’re utilized and the potential visual accent they can add to your room.

Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis is happy to help you find the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then dive into specific products that may work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

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

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so pick a treatment that can handle the wear.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas most windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t hinder the usage of the door, keeping in mind the amount of space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding glass doors are quite big relative to most windows, so a product that offers great control over light and privacy is a priority.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door going to full porch.

The first window treatment we’ll look at is also the product we recommend the most. Plantation shutters meet all three of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are an excellent choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home keeps that classic, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, granting you the greatest control over heat and light that comes into your space.

Perhaps the most notable strength of shutters as a treatment for sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed more often than windows, so being able to stand up to frequent usage is key. Polywood shutters are immune to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can rest assured no matter how heavily-used your sliding door is, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common choice for sliding doors in Minneapolis is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color palette you want to follow, vertical blinds may be the product for you, because they’re available in an array of different shades, materials and textures. You can also personalize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make drawing the blinds a breeze.

Bear in mind though that there are some drawbacks with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, resulting in less privacy when shut. They are also known for breaking due to the constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Minneapolis Living room with grey walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically chosen for larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door the perfect site for a classy panel track installation. With their tendency to control light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in areas in which you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a track—like extremely wide vertical blinds, though they only open and shut, 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 an option that goes with your Minneapolis home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and layout of your sliding door, you’re able to select configurations for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the center, letting you add function to your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door might be the most noticeable window in your Minneapolis home, so we want to help you make sure the window treatment you pick is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Minneapolis today at 952-856-8130 to schedule your no-obligation in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.