Finding The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Colorado Springs

Gary Harding

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Colorado Springs homes, sliding doors are occasionally left out. That’s unfortunate, since selecting the perfect window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they’re utilized and the potential visual accent they can add to your home.

Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs is set to help you find the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the most important considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific options that can work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep the following things in mind when shopping for sliding door window treatments:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so pick a treatment that can handle the activity.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas most windows move vertically. Ensure that your window treatment won’t hinder the usage of the door, bearing in mind how much space is available around the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are fairly large relative to most windows, so a window treatment that adds great control over light and privacy is a priority.

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door leading to outdoor porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters meet all three of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a fantastic choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your home retains that timeless, refined look. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, giving you the highest level of control over light and heat entering your home.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will typically be opened and shut much more than windows, so the ability to stand up to repeated usage is key. Polywood shutters are resistant to breaking, warping, or cracking, so you can rest assured no matter how much action your sliding door sees, your shutters will persist for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

Another common option for sliding glass doors in Colorado Springs is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track above your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you need to follow, vertical blinds might be the product for you, as they’re available in an array of different colors, materials and patterns. You can further personalize with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make opening and closing them easy.

Keep 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 results in less privacy when shut. They are also notorious for breaking due to the constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Colorado Springs Study with navy walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically chosen for larger windows, making your sliding door the perfect location for a stylish panel track installation. With their tendency to control light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in areas in which you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that adjust on a rail—like very large vertical blinds, though they only open and close, meaning they don’t tilt. They’re available in a number of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and more - so you can find one that goes with your Colorado Springs home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and layout of your sliding door, you can pick from a few different setups for a sliding panel track so it can open from one end or in the middle, letting you add function to your fashion.

We Can Help Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most visible window in your Colorado Springs home, so we want to ensure that the window treatment you go with is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Colorado Springs today at 303-625-6431 to schedule your free in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.