How To Pick The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Fort Lauderdale

Danielle Micich

When shopping for the best window treatments for Fort Lauderdale homes, sliding doors are occasionally forgotten. That’s regrettable, because picking the perfect window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they’re utilized and the potential visual boost they can lend to your space.

Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale is happy to assist in getting you the best window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s start off with the chief considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific options that can work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these aspects in mind when shopping for sliding door window treatments:

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while most windows move vertically. Ensure that your window treatment won’t hinder the usage of your door, bearing in mind how much space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are quite large relative to most windows, so a product that gives you great light control and privacy is a priority.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door connecting to back porch.

The first window treatment we’ll examine is also the product we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters fulfill each of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are an excellent option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house retains that timeless, sophisticated aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the greatest control over heat and light that comes into your space.

Possibly the most notable advantage of shutters as a treatment for sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will typically be opened and closed much more than windows, so the ability to stand up to heavy usage is vital. Polywood shutters are immune to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be sure that no matter how frequently your sliding door is used, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common option for sliding glass doors in Fort Lauderdale is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you’d like to follow, vertical blinds may be the product for you, because they’re available in a variety of different shades, materials and patterns. You can also personalize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make adjusting them simple.

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

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Fort Lauderdale Study with navy walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding glass door the perfect place for a stylish panel track installation. With their ability to adjust for light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in spaces where you’ll entertain guests.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that adjust on a track—like extremely large vertical blinds, but they only open and shut, meaning they don’t tilt. They’re available in a selection of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find one that goes with your Fort Lauderdale home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and location of your sliding door, you’re able to choose from a few different configurations for a sliding panel track so it can open from one side or in the center, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

We’re Ready To Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door may be the most important window in your Fort Lauderdale house, so we want you to be confident that the product you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Fort Lauderdale today at 561-440-8535 to set up your no-obligation in-home design consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.