How To Pick The Best Window Treatment for Sliding Doors in Jacksonville

Trevis Bruce

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Jacksonville homes, sliding doors can sometimes get left out. That’s unfortunate, because picking the right window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than anywhere else, given how heavily they are utilized and the potential visual accent they can offer your space.

Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville is happy to lend a hand in finding the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s first look at the chief considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then dive into specific products that might work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

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

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

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while the majority of windows operate vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t obstruct the usage of the door, bearing in mind the amount of space is available to the sides of the door.

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

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door going to outdoor porch.

The first window treatment we’ll look at is also the product we recommend most highly. Plantation shutters meet all the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are a terrific choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house retains that classic, refined aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also very energy-efficient, granting you the greatest control of light and heat entering your home.

Possibly the biggest strength of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will usually be opened and shut much more than windows, so the ability to stand up to frequent usage is important. 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 choice for sliding doors in Jacksonville is vertical blinds. Like their name implies, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be a good option for you, as they can be found in a variety of different shades, materials and textures. You can further customize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make adjusting them simple.

Bear in mind though that there may be a couple disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters will, even when the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also have a tendency to sway, which means less privacy when closed. Blinds are also infamous for breaking if subjected to constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

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

Sliding panel tracks are primarily used on larger windows, making your sliding glass door an ideal location for a beautiful panel track installation. With their ability to control light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in rooms in which you’ll often have guests.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that slide on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They can be purchased in a selection of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and beyond - so you can find a panel track that goes with your Jacksonville home’s style.

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

We’re Ready To Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door may be the most important window in your Jacksonville home, so we want you to be confident that the product you pick is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Jacksonville today at 904-289-1663 to set up your no-obligation in-home design consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.