How To Pick The Best Sliding Door Window Treatment in Oklahoma City

Tyler Jorgensen

When it comes to choosing the best window treatments for Oklahoma City homes, sliding glass doors can sometimes get left out. That’s unfortunate, since selecting the right window treatment for your sliding door could be more important than any other window, given how heavily they are utilized and the potential visual boost they can add to your house.

Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City is happy to help you find the best window treatment for the sliding door in your home. Let’s start off with the most important considerations to look for in sliding door products, and then compare specific products that can work in your space.

Sliding Door Window Treatment Priorities

Keep these properties in mind when comparing sliding door window treatments:

  • Longevity: Doors tend to be busier than windows, so pick a treatment that can handle the activity.

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

  • Light & Privacy control: Sliding glass doors are fairly big relative to most windows, so a product that gives you great control over light and privacy is a priority.

Recommended Treatments for Sliding Doors

Polywood Plantation Shutters

Faux wood shutters on sliding door going to full porch.

The first window treatment we’ll discuss is also the solution we recommend above all others. Plantation shutters fulfill each of the requirements for a great sliding door treatment. Sunburst Polywood® plantation shutters in particular are an excellent pick. Polywood will never discolor or fade, so your house preserves that classic, elegant look. Plantation shutters are also extremely energy-efficient, giving you the highest level of control of heat and light that comes into your house.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of shutters when paired with sliding doors is their durability. Sliding doors will almost always be opened and closed much more than windows, so the ability to stand up to frequent usage is important. Polywood shutters are resistant to cracking, warping, or breaking, so you can be sure that no matter how frequently your sliding door is used, your shutters will make your space beautiful for years.

Sliding Door Vertical Blinds

Another common choice for sliding doors in Oklahoma City 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 palette you’d like to follow, vertical blinds may be the product for you, since they can be found in an array of different colors, materials and textures. You can further tailor your choice with a cord tilt, motorized or wand/cordless mechanism to make opening and closing them simple.

Remember though that there are a couple drawbacks with vertical blinds. They tend to not block nearly as much light as shutters will, even when the blinds are completely shut. Blinds also tend to sway side to side, resulting in less privacy when shut. Blinds are also known for breaking if subjected to constant use.

Sliding Door Panel Tracks

Oklahoma City Family room with grey walls and textured sliding panel tracks. 

Sliding panel tracks are most often picked to cover larger windows, making your sliding glass door an ideal site for a stylish panel track installation. With their capacity to adjust for light and privacy and effortless operation, panel tracks are ideal for sliding doors in rooms where you’ll entertain guests.

Panel tracks are basically wide, individual panels of material that move on a rail—like extremely wide vertical blinds, although they only open and shut, unable to tilt. They’re available in a selection of materials, from natural fibers to fabrics to wood and more - so you can find an option that fits your Oklahoma City home’s style.

Depending on the dimensions and layout of your sliding door, you’re able to pick from a few different setups for a sliding panel track so it can open from one side or in the center, allowing you to coordinate function with your fashion.

We’re Ready To Find Your Perfect Fit

Your sliding door might be the most visible window in your Oklahoma City house, so we want you to be confident that the window covering you select is the right one for you. Check out the Sunburst Idea Gallery for some design inspiration, then call Sunburst Shutters Oklahoma City today at 405-300-4664 to set up your no-obligation in-home design consultation and take the guesswork out of your home design.