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The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Tampa

September 07, 2016

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Tampa homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get left out. That’s unfortunate, because picking the right window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than any other window, given how frequently they are utilized and the potential visual accent they can offer your home.

Sunburst Shutters Tampa is ready to help you find the best window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s start off with the primary considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific treatments that might work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep the following properties in mind when looking for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

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

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

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are quite large compared to most windows, so a window treatment that offers great control over light and privacy is a priority.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door connecting to outdoor porch.

The first product we’ll examine is also the solution we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters meet all the criteria 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 keeps that classic, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, giving you the highest level of control over light and heat that comes into your space.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will typically be opened and closed much more than windows, so being able to stand up to frequent use is vital. Polywood shutters are impervious to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be sure that no matter how frequently your sliding door is used, your shutters will persist for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

Another common choice for sliding glass doors in Tampa is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture above your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you want to follow, vertical blinds may be a good option for you, because they’re sold in an array of different shades, materials and designs. You can further personalize with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make drawing the blinds simple.

Bear in mind though that there are some drawbacks with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also have a tendency to sway, which means less privacy when closed. They are also known for breaking as a result of constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Tampa Study with navy walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding glass door the perfect spot for a stylish panel track installation. With their capacity to control light and privacy and easy operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in rooms where you’ll often have guests.

Panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that adjust on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, meaning they don’t tilt. They’re available in a variety of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find an option that fits your Tampa home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and location of your sliding door, you can pick from a few different arrangements for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the middle, letting you coordinate function with your fashion.

We’re Ready To Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most important window in your Tampa house, so we want you to be confident that the product you go with is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Tampa today at 813-580-7288 to set up your free in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.