The Best Window Treatments In Philadelphia For Back Doors

Holly Perron

Does your back door have flimsy blinds that clank against the glass pane when you shut the door? Or is your back door glass still bare because you don’t know how to cover it? Picking the right window treatments for your back door lets you enjoy the light and view of your Philadelphia backyard and lets you have control over privacy and light - without the added noise of blinds or any other covering that bangs against the glass when the door moves.

Durability is one of the first things to look for when finding a new back door window treatment. It should be tough enough to handle the door’s constant motion and brief exposure to outside. It should also provide privacy from curious neighbors while matching your décor.

Whether your back door is a french door, sliding glass door, or a normal swing out door with a glass window, here are the best back door window treatment options in Philadelphia for your home.

Plantation Shutters That Are Fixed To Your Door

French back door with white plantation shutters 

Faux wood plantation shutters are a great choice for back doors because the shutter panels are attached tightly to your door. So when you shut your doors, the shutters move with the door and don’t bounce against the glass. You can tilt the shutter louvers open to see outside or close them to reduce glare and provide privacy. The shutter panels can swing out when it’s time to clean your door’s glass.

Our Polywood® faux wood shutters are built for durability and can endure the continuous movement of your back door. They’re made of a composite material which resists humidity and fading. The shutters won’t chip or crack because of changes in humidity or temperature. Polywood shutters also make your home more energy efficient by restricting heat transfer through the window.

Sliding glass doors or french doors that are attached to your patio or deck can be difficult to cover due to their handles and large glass panes. Plantation shutters can be customized. If your door has large or irregular shaped handles, plantation shutters can be cut around those handles. They can cover any size of glass. Plantation shutters can also be used with sliding panels for a sliding door or bi-fold doors. You’ll have beautiful custom shutters that remain tight to your door. And it’s easy to open and close both the door and your shutters.

Custom Shades

Bedroom with woven shades on windows 

Shades are a back door window treatment that is easy to customize to your home. They come in many colors, patterns, and materials. You can pull them to the top to let all the light in or pull them to the bottom to filter or block the light. Add-ons include light and privacy liners which allow you to tailor them to your needs. Shades that are great for doors with glass include Roman shades, cellular shades, and roller shades. Roman shades stack up at the top of the shade but are smooth when they’re pulled down. Cellular shades have small pleats that form a honeycomb shape from the side. These pleats create air pockets that help with insulation. Roller shades have a tube at the top that the shades roll down from.

If your door is subject to bright sun or humidity, look for shade material that is resistant to moisture and heat. While shades aren’t as energy efficient as Polywood shutters, you can block some energy loss by using cellular shades or shades made from thicker material with liners. Also know that shades are more susceptible to fading than shutters.

You can add hold down brackets to shades so they don’t swing around when you open the back door. One disadvantage of shades is if you have big door handles, you can’t cut the shade around the handle.

Order The Back Door Window Treatment That’s Perfect For Your Home

Want other ideas for your back door window treatments in Philadelphia or window treatments for your living room, dining room, or sidelights? Browse through our idea gallery and Ultimate Room Guide. And if you’re ready to start the ordering process for window treatments call us at 215-874-4897 for a free in-home consultation. A member of our local team will come to your home and help you find the best window treatment. Call us today!