Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Miami09/07/2016David White 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 are 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 get started with the primary considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then compare specific products that might work in your space. Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities Keep these aspects in mind when comparing sliding door window treatments: 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 hinder 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 The first product we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend the most. Plantation shutters meet each of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a fantastic option. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your home preserves that timeless, refined look. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, granting you the utmost control over heat and light that comes into your house. 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 immune to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be sure that no matter how heavily-used your sliding door is, your shutters will last for years. Sliding Door Vertical Blinds An additional common option 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 shades, materials and patterns. You can also personalize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make opening and closing them a breeze. Don’t forget though that there may be some 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 back and forth, meaning less privacy when closed. Blinds are also notorious for breaking due to the constant usage. Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors Sliding panel tracks are typically chosen for larger windows, making your sliding door an ideal spot for a beautiful panel track installation. With their ability to adjust for light and privacy and simple 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 adjust 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 wood to natural fibers to fabrics and beyond - so you can find one that fits your Miami home’s style. Depending on the dimensions and orientation of your sliding door, you’re able to select 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. We Can Help Find Your Perfect Fit Your sliding door could 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.