Almost every house has at least one sliding glass door. As windows go, they are usually the largest in the house. I believe it’s important to consider window treatments for sliding glass doors carefully as it can often become a centerpiece of the overall decor of a home. Here we’ll explore various window treatments for sliding glass doors.
There are fewer choices available for large sliding glass windows than there are for the other windows in a home. But there are choices and armed with a little more information, you may be able to expand your horizons a bit and beautify your room.
A common choice for large windows and sliding glass doors is vertical blinds. There are many more types of vertical blinds than just standard vinyl plastic. Vertical blinds can look great and they are a highly functional solution for large windows. But, the standard white verticals are boring. But just by adding a little color, texture, or material, you can make vertical blinds look fresh and modern.
Kinds of Vertical Blinds
If you are considering vertical blinds, here’s a list of the various types, with their individual properties and approximate costs. First, you might want to consider the textured vinyl verticals. These are only slightly more expensive than the standard vinyl vertical blinds but are more unique and attractive. The simple addition of texture can make a huge difference to the overall look, especially since vertical blinds tend to be a fairly prominent feature within a room. Textures are common, too. They can be stucco, small pleats, or even a faux-fabric look and in a range of colors. Coordinating colors, especially with the room’s paint, is important. Measuring for vertical blinds can be tricky. I wrote another article that explains how to measure for blinds that can help if you’re stuck.
PVC Vertical Blinds
Another choice window treatment for sliding glass doors is the PVC plastic textured vertical blinds. These come in solid colors and patterns and are embossed with a basic design like a weave, or the imprint of a leaf. These can look very nice. If your room has a more natural look, with cotton and natural fibers, consider the textured vertical blinds in a weave. This will augment the natural look of your room without the cost of fabric vanes.
Fabric Vertical Blinds
The next option in vertical blinds, and the next rung higher on the price ladder are the fabric variety. Similar to the vinyl varieties, these come in weaves, textured, patterned (with solid colors) and patterns. Fabric vertical blinds usually are constructed in two ways: either with a vinyl groover (inserted), or fabric vanes with a weighted bottom. The inserted option fabric vanes are inserted into a vinyl groover increasing the privacy level of your blinds and eliminating the need for bottom weights.
This is usually an additional expense, just so you know. As a point of opinion, be careful with the patterned option. This option could easily clash with the decor of a room if not selected properly. It is one thing to match simple colors; it is another to match patterns. Think of trying to pick the right wallpaper. Ugh.
Cellular Vertical Blinds
The next option and one similar in price to fabric vertical blinds are cellular verticals. I would highly recommend these to anyone interested in improving the energy efficiency of a room. In general, cellular vertical blinds offer a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency over standard verticals. This is pretty significant.
So, if you live in a hot or cold environment (or both depending on the season), cellular verticals are the way to go. Cellular verticals come in a variety of choices, similar to the fabric and vinyl verticals. But, they also come in lace if you are into that look.
Aluminum and Faux Wood Vertical Blinds
The last two options in window treatments for sliding glass doors are aluminum and faux wood. Aluminum verticals are on the high end of the price spectrum. They come in brushed or bright finishes that can add a very modern, clean look. In the right room, aluminum verticals can look great. Faux wood verticals are relatively inexpensive and are a great choice for a room that already has wood or faux wood blinds.
Panel Track Blinds
Another option to consider, outside of vertical blinds are sliding window panels, also known as panel track blinds, or panel tracks. Panel tracks use overlapping fabric panels that glide on a wheeled track system. The panels range in width from approximately 48″ to 192″ and in lengths to fit most windows and sliding doors.
The panels, which are obviously wider than most vertical blind panels, are composed of fabric, woven wood, or solar screen material. If you want a warmer, natural look in window treatments for sliding glass doors you might go with one of the woven wood materials. The choices here are very similar to bamboo shades or woven wood shades with materials like bamboo, grasses, matchstick, or a combination. The fabric panel options are numerous as are the solar screen material.