The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Destin

Eric Ramsey

When shopping for the best window treatments for Destin homes, sliding doors are occasionally left out. That’s bad news, since selecting the right window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than any other window, given how much they are utilized and the potential visual boost they can add to your home.

Sunburst Shutters Destin is happy to help you find the perfect window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s get started with the primary considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific treatments that might work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep these things in mind when looking for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be opened and closed more than windows, so pick a treatment that can handle the wear.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas most windows operate vertically. Make sure your window treatment doesn’t obstruct the usage of your door, understanding how much 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 window treatment that adds great control over light and privacy is important.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door connecting to back porch.

The first window treatment we’ll examine is also the one we recommend the most. Plantation shutters fulfill all three of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are an excellent option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home preserves that classic, sophisticated feel. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, offering you the greatest control of heat and light that comes into your home.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and closed much more than windows, so the ability to withstand repeated usage is important. Polywood shutters are impervious to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can be sure that no matter how heavily-used 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 Destin is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture above your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds might be the product for you, as they’re sold in a variety of different shades, materials and patterns. You can also customize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make opening and closing them easy.

Bear in mind though that there are a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly as much light as shutters will, even if the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also tend to sway side to side, meaning less privacy when closed. Blinds are also known for breaking if subjected to constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Destin Study with navy walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

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

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that slide on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, but they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They can be found in a number of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find an option that fits your Destin home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and orientation of your sliding door, you’re able to select setups for a sliding panel track so it can close on one end or in the center, letting you add function to your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most noticeable window in your Destin home, so we want to ensure that the window covering you select is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Destin today at 850-203-0419 to set up your free in-home design consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.