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Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Honolulu

September 07, 2016

When shopping for the best window treatments for Honolulu homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get left out. That’s bad news, because picking the perfect window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than any other window, given how frequently they are utilized and the potential visual accent they can lend to your home.

Sunburst Shutters Honolulu is set to assist in getting you the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s get started with the most important considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then compare specific treatments that can work in your home.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep these qualities in mind when searching for your perfect sliding door window treatment:

  • Resilience: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so choose a treatment that can handle the wear.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas typically windows move vertically. Make sure 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 glass doors are fairly big in comparison 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

plantation shutters on sliding door going to full porch.

The first window treatment we’ll look at is also the one we recommend the most. Plantation shutters satisfy all the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a terrific option. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house retains that timeless, elegant aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, granting you the highest level of control of heat and light that comes into your house.

Possibly the greatest benefit of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and shut much more than windows, so the ability to withstand frequent use is key. Polywood shutters are immune to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how much action your sliding door sees, your shutters will last for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common option for sliding doors in Honolulu is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track above your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be the product for you, since they can be found in a variety of different colors, materials and patterns. You can further customize with a corded, cordless or automated mechanism to make opening and closing them easy.

Remember though that there are a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly the amount of light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway, meaning less privacy when shut. Blinds are also infamous for breaking as a result of constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Honolulu Family room with gray walls and tan sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically used on larger windows, which makes your sliding door an ideal spot for a beautiful panel track installation. With their potential to adjust for light and privacy and simple operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas in which you’ll do a lot of entertaining.

Panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that adjust on a rail—like very large vertical blinds, though they only open and shut, instead of tilting. They can be purchased in a selection of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find one that goes with your Honolulu home’s style.

Depending on the size and orientation of your sliding door, you can pick from a few different arrangements for a sliding panel track so it can open from one side or in the center, letting you add function to your fashion.

Let’s Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door could be the most important window in your Honolulu house, so we want to help you make sure the product you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Honolulu today at 808-797-2004 to set up your free in-home consultation and eliminate the guesswork from your home design.