How To Choose The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Salt Lake City

Matt Thelander

When shopping for the best window treatments for Salt Lake City homes, sliding doors can sometimes get neglected. That’s unfortunate, because picking the right window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than anywhere else, given how much they tend to be used and the potential visual accent they can give your space.

Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City is happy to help you find the perfect window treatment for your sliding door. Let’s get started with the most important considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific treatments that may work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

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

  • Resilience: Doors tend to be opened and closed more than windows, so find a treatment that can handle it.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas typically windows operate vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment won’t hinder the usage of your door, understanding the amount of space is available to the sides of the door.

  • Light & Privacy: Sliding doors are fairly large in comparison to most windows, so a product that offers great light control and privacy is a priority.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

plantation shutters on sliding door leading to back porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend the most. Plantation shutters satisfy 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 house preserves that timeless, refined aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, granting you the highest level of control of light and heat entering your space.

Maybe the greatest advantage of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will most likely be opened and shut much more than windows, so being able to stand up to frequent use is key. Polywood shutters are resistant to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be sure that no matter how heavily-used your sliding door is, your shutters will last for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

An additional common option for sliding glass doors in Salt Lake City is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture above your sliding door. If you have a very specific color palette you’d like your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be a good option for you, as they’re sold in a variety of different hues, materials and textures. You can also tailor your choice with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make drawing the blinds easy.

Keep in mind though that there are some disadvantages with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, which results in less privacy when shut. Blinds are also notorious for breaking as a result of constant usage.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Salt Lake City Living room with grey walls and beige sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding glass door the perfect place for a classy panel track installation. With their ability to control light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in rooms where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that move on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, meaning they don’t tilt. They’re available in a number of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and beyond - so you can find a panel track that fits your Salt Lake City home’s style.

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

We Can Help Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door could be the most visible window in your Salt Lake City home, so we want you to be confident that the window covering you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Salt Lake City today at 801-515-3598 to schedule your no-obligation in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.