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

September 07, 2016

When shopping for the best window treatments for Fort Lauderdale homes, sliding doors are occasionally left out. That’s regrettable, because finding the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could 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 ready to assist in getting you the best window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s get started 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 searching for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

  • Resilience: Doors tend to be used more frequently 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 block the usage of your door, keeping 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.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door connecting to outdoor porch.

The first window treatment we’ll look at is also the solution we recommend the most. Plantation shutters fulfill each 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 house retains that timeless, sophisticated aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, offering you the greatest control over heat and light that comes into your house.

Possibly the greatest strength 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 heavily-trafficked your sliding door is, 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 track mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you’d like to follow, vertical blinds would be the product for you, since they’re available in a variety of different colors, materials and textures. You can also personalize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make adjusting them easy.

Don’t forget though that there may be a few 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 Family room with grey walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

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

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that slide on a track—like extremely large vertical blinds, though they only open and shut, meaning they don’t tilt. They can be purchased in a variety of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find an option that complements 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 window covering 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.