How To Choose The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in San Jose

Curtis Orton

When homeowners look for the best window treatments for San Jose homes, sliding doors can sometimes get forgotten. That’s regrettable, because finding the right window treatment for your sliding door can be more important than anywhere else, given how often they’re utilized and the potential visual boost they can offer your room.

Sunburst Shutters San Jose is ready to help you find the perfect window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s get started with the most important considerations to keep in mind for sliding door products, and then compare specific products that may work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Considerations

Keep the following things in mind when searching for your ideal sliding door window treatment:

  • Durability: Doors tend to be opened and closed more than windows, so go with a treatment that can handle the usage.

  • Orientation: Sliding doors operate horizontally, while the majority of windows operate vertically. Be mindful that your window treatment won’t obstruct the usage of your door, understanding how much space is available to the sides of the door.

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

Our Top Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door leading to back porch.

The first window treatment we’ll examine is also the solution we recommend the most. Plantation shutters satisfy each of 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 home retains that timeless, refined aesthetic. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, granting you the greatest control of light and heat that comes into your house.

Perhaps the biggest strength of shutters when it comes to sliding doors is their resilience. Sliding doors will usually be opened and closed much more than windows, so the ability to stand up to heavy use is key. Polywood shutters are impervious to warping, breaking or cracking, so you can rest assured no matter how heavily your sliding door is used, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Vertical Blinds for Sliding Doors

An additional common option for sliding glass doors in San Jose is vertical blinds. As you can guess, these blinds hang vertically, suspended from a track mounted atop your sliding door. If you have a certain color scheme you need your window treatment to fit into, vertical blinds would be the solution for you, since they can be found in a variety of different colors, materials and patterns. You can also customize with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make opening and closing them a breeze.

Remember though that there may be a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters do, even if the blinds are completely closed. Blinds also tend to sway back and forth, which results in less privacy when shut. Blinds are also infamous for breaking if subjected to constant use.

Panel Tracks for Sliding Doors

San Jose Study with gray walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are typically chosen for larger windows, making your sliding glass door an ideal site for a classy panel track installation. With their capacity to control light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in areas in which you’ll entertain guests.

Basically, panel tracks are individual wide panels of material that adjust on a rail—like very large vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, meaning they don’t tilt. They’re available in a selection of materials, from wood to natural fibers to fabrics and beyond - so you can find one that goes with your San Jose home’s style.

Depending on the height and width and orientation of your sliding door, you’re able to pick configurations for a sliding panel track so it can open from one side or in the middle, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

We’re Ready To Find Your Best Fit

Your sliding door could be the most visible window in your San Jose home, so we want you to be confident that the window treatment you choose is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters San Jose today at 916-542-1305 to schedule your free in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.