Finding The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Honolulu

Darren Wong

When shopping for the best window treatments for Honolulu homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s bad news, because finding the perfect window treatment for your sliding door could 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 lend a hand in finding 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:

  • Durability: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so choose a treatment that can handle it.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors move horizontally, whereas typically windows move vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment won’t block 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 quite big in comparison to most windows, so a window treatment that adds great light control and privacy is a priority.

Recommended 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 fulfill all the criteria for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are a fantastic choice. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house keeps that timeless, elegant aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also incredibly energy-efficient, granting you the utmost control over heat and light that comes into your space.

Possibly the greatest benefit of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and shut much more than windows, so the ability to handle repeated use is important. Polywood shutters are resistant to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can be confident that109 no matter how much action your sliding door sees, your shutters will persist for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

An additional common solution for sliding doors in Honolulu is vertical blinds. Named for their orientation, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a fixture above your sliding door. If you have a certain color palette you want your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be the solution for you, because they’re sold in an array of different shades, 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 disadvantages 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, which results in less privacy when shut. Blinds are also known 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 glass door an ideal location 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 slide on a rail—like very large vertical blinds, but they only open and shut, instead of tilting. They’re available in a selection of materials, from fabrics to wood to natural fibers and beyond - so you can find one that complements your Honolulu home’s style.

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

Let’s Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most important window in your Honolulu house, so we want to help you make sure the product you pick 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.