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Finding The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Virginia Beach

September 07, 2016

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Virginia Beach homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally forgotten. That’s regrettable, since finding the perfect window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than any other window, given how heavily they tend to be used and the potential visual accent they can lend to your home.

Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach is ready to lend a hand in finding the perfect window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s get started with the most important considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific options that can work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep the following qualities in mind when searching for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be used more frequently than windows, so choose a treatment that can handle the usage.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas the majority of windows operate vertically. Ensure that your window treatment won’t hinder the usage of the door, understanding how much space is available to the sides of the door.

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

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door leading to outdoor porch.

The first product we’ll look at is also the product we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters fulfill all the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a fantastic option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home 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 most notable advantage of shutters as a treatment for sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and closed more often than windows, so being able to handle frequent use is vital. Polywood shutters are immune to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be sure that no matter how heavily your sliding door is used, your shutters will last for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

An additional common choice for sliding doors in Virginia Beach is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a headrail above your sliding door. If you have a very specific color palette you need your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds might be the solution for you, as they’re sold in a variety of different shades, materials and designs. You can also customize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make opening and closing them simple.

Don’t forget though that there are a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also tend to sway side to side, meaning less privacy when shut. They are also infamous for breaking as a result of constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Virginia Beach Living room with grey walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often used on larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door the perfect place for a classy panel track installation. With their ability to control light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in spaces where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that adjust on a rail—like extremely large vertical blinds, although they only open and close, meaning they don’t tilt. They’re available in a number of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and more - so you can find an option that complements your Virginia Beach home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and layout of your sliding door, you can select from a few different configurations for a sliding panel track so it can close on 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 might be the most important window in your Virginia Beach house, so we want to ensure that the product you select is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Virginia Beach today at 757-210-6448 to set up your no-obligation in-home consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.