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Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Indianapolis

September 07, 2016

When shopping for the best window treatments for Indianapolis homes, sliding doors are occasionally neglected. That’s bad news, because selecting the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than anywhere else, given how frequently they are used and the potential visual boost they can offer your room.

Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis is ready to lend a hand in finding the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the chief 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 things in mind when searching for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while typically windows move vertically. Make sure your window treatment doesn’t hinder the usage of the door, bearing in mind the amount of 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 control over light and privacy is important.

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door going to outdoor porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the one we recommend most highly. 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 preserves that timeless, sophisticated aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, granting you the greatest control of light and heat entering your home.

Perhaps the most notable benefit of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will usually be opened and shut much more than windows, so being able to withstand frequent use is important. Polywood shutters are resistant to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can rest assured no matter how often your sliding door is used, your shutters will last for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

An additional common choice for sliding doors in Indianapolis is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track above 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 personalize with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make adjusting them a breeze.

Bear in mind though that there are some disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also tend to sway, resulting in less privacy when shut. They are also infamous for breaking as a result of constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Indianapolis Living room with grey walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

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

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a rail—like extremely large vertical blinds, though they only open and close, unable to tilt. They can be purchased in a number of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find one that goes with your Indianapolis home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and location of your sliding door, you’re able to choose configurations for a sliding panel track so it can close on one end or in the middle, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door may be the most noticeable window in your Indianapolis home, so we want to ensure that the window covering you go with is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Indianapolis today at 317-558-9066 to schedule your no-obligation in-home design consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.