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Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Miami

September 07, 2016

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for Miami homes, sliding glass doors are occasionally forgotten. That’s regrettable, since picking the perfect window treatment for your sliding door may be more important than any other window, given how heavily they tend to be utilized and the potential visual accent they can lend to your room.

Sunburst Shutters Miami is happy to help you find the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then compare specific options that may work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these aspects in mind when looking for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

  • Durability: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so find a treatment that can handle the usage.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while most windows move vertically. Ensure that your window treatment won’t block the usage of your door, keeping in mind the amount of space is available to the sides of the door.

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

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door going to back porch.

The first product we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend the most. Plantation shutters meet all the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic choice. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your home preserves that timeless, refined look. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, granting you the highest level of control over heat and light that comes into your space.

Possibly the biggest benefit of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will typically be opened and closed more often than windows, so the ability to withstand heavy usage is important. Polywood shutters are resistant to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be sure that no matter how much action your sliding door sees, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common solution for sliding glass doors in Miami is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you want to follow, vertical blinds may be the solution for you, as they’re sold in a variety of different colors, materials and textures. You can also tailor your choice with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make drawing the blinds a breeze.

Don’t forget though that there may be a few disadvantages with vertical blinds. They won’t block nearly as much light as shutters do, even when the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also have a tendency to sway side to side, which results in less privacy when closed. Blinds are also notorious for breaking due to the constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Miami Family room with navy walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often chosen for larger windows, making your sliding door an ideal location for a beautiful panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in rooms where you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that slide on a rail—like extremely large vertical blinds, but they only open and close, unable to tilt. They can be found in a variety of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find an option that fits your Miami home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and layout of your sliding door, you’re able to pick from a few different arrangements for a sliding panel track so it can open from one side or in the center, so you can coordinate function with your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most visible window in your Miami home, so we want to help you make sure 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 Miami today at 305-520-7515 to schedule your no-obligation in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.