Sliding door shutters in New York City

The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in New York City

September 07, 2016

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for New York City homes, sliding doors are occasionally left out. That’s unfortunate, because choosing the perfect window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than any other window, given how often they tend to be utilized and the potential visual accent they can give your room.

Sunburst Shutters New York is ready to lend a hand in finding the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s first look at the most important considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific products that may work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

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

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so go with a treatment that can handle it.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while the majority of windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t block the usage of your door, understanding how much space is available to the sides of the door.

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

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door connecting to outdoor porch.

The first option we’ll examine is also the one we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters fulfill all the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home keeps that classic, elegant feel. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, granting you the highest level of control of light and heat that comes into your space.

Maybe the biggest advantage of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed much more than windows, so the ability to withstand heavy usage is key. Polywood shutters are impervious to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how much usage your sliding door sees, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common option for sliding glass doors in New York City is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a very specific color scheme you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds might be a good option for you, since they’re sold in a variety of different shades, materials and patterns. You can further customize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make opening and closing them easy.

Bear in mind though that there are some disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters will, even when the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also tend to sway back and forth, which means less privacy when closed. They are also known for breaking due to the constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

New York City Living room with navy walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are primarily used on larger windows, which makes your sliding glass door an ideal location for a classy panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in spaces where you’ll entertain guests.

Basically, sliding panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that move on a rail—like extremely wide vertical blinds, but they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They’re available in a number of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find a panel track that goes with your New York City home’s style.

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

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door might be the most noticeable window in your New York City house, so we want to help you make sure the product you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters New York today at 631-246-3930 to schedule your no-obligation in-home consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.
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