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How To Pick The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Hartford

September 07, 2016

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Hartford homes, sliding doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s unfortunate, since finding the right window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they’re used and the potential visual accent they can give your home.

Sunburst Shutters Connecticut is set to lend a hand in finding the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s get started with the primary considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific products that might work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following properties in mind when searching for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

  • Resilience: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so choose a treatment that can handle the usage.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while most windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment won’t obstruct the usage of the door, bearing in mind the amount of space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are very big in comparison to most windows, so a product that gives you great light control and privacy is important.

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 three of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a terrific option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house retains that classic, sophisticated look. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, giving you the utmost control of heat and light that comes into your home.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of shutters as a treatment for sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will typically be opened and shut more often than windows, so the ability to handle heavy usage is vital. Polywood shutters are resistant to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how heavily-used your sliding door is, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common solution for sliding doors in Hartford 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 scheme you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be the product for you, as they’re sold in a variety of different shades, materials and textures. You can further tailor your choice 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 will, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, resulting in less privacy when closed. Blinds are also known for breaking if subjected to constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Hartford Study with navy walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically used on larger windows, making your sliding glass door a great place for a classy panel track installation. With their capacity to control light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas in which you’ll often have guests.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a track—like very large vertical blinds, though they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They can be purchased in a variety of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and more - so you can find one that complements your Hartford home’s style.

Depending on the size and layout of your sliding door, you’re able to pick from a few different configurations for a sliding panel track so it can open from one side or in the center, allowing you to add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door might be the most visible window in your Hartford house, so we want you to be confident that the window treatment you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Connecticut today at 860-266-5459 to schedule your no-obligation in-home design consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.