How To Choose The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Philadelphia

Holly Perron

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Philadelphia homes, sliding doors are occasionally left out. That’s bad news, since picking the right window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than any other window, given how often they are used and the potential visual boost they can give your house.

Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia is happy to assist in getting you the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s first look at the most important considerations to bear in mind for sliding door products, and then look more closely at specific products that can work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these things in mind when looking for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

  • Resilience: Doors tend to be used more frequently than windows, so choose a treatment that can handle the usage.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, while typically windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment doesn’t hinder the usage of the door, understanding how much space is available around the door.

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

The Best Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Wood shutters on sliding door going to full porch.

The first option we’ll examine is also the product we recommend the most. Plantation shutters meet all three of the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. In particular, Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters are an excellent choice. Polywood never fades or discolors, so your home retains that timeless, sophisticated feel. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, granting you the utmost control of heat and light that comes into your house.

Perhaps the most notable advantage of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed much more than windows, so being able to stand up to repeated use is important. Polywood shutters are impervious to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be sure that no matter how much your sliding door is used, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

An additional common choice for sliding glass doors in Philadelphia is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track above your sliding door. If you have a very specific color palette you need to follow, vertical blinds would be a good option for you, since they’re sold in an array of different colors, materials and patterns. You can also customize with a cord tilt, wand, or automatic mechanism to make opening and closing them simple.

Don’t forget though that there may be a couple disadvantages with vertical blinds. They tend to not 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, meaning less privacy when closed. Blinds are also notorious for breaking due to the constant usage.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

Philadelphia Family room with navy walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding glass door an ideal site for a classy panel track installation. With their tendency to control light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are perfect for sliding doors in spaces in which you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Sliding panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that adjust on a track—like very wide vertical blinds, though they only open and close, unable to tilt. They’re available in a selection of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and more - so you can find a panel track that goes with your Philadelphia home’s style.

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

We’re Ready To Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most visible window in your Philadelphia home, so we want to help you make sure the window treatment you select is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia today at 215-874-4897 to schedule your no-obligation in-home consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.