Window Treatments for Sliding Glass Doors
Do you have a sliding glass door and live in Wilmington, NC? You should be proud!
Sliding glass doors are the highest form of exterior door. Front doors are often paths to employment, errands, and other forms of human expenditure. Side, back, and kitchen doors divide where you are from where you want to be. Sliding glass doors, however, invite you to patios, balconies, backyards, and the wonderful things that happen in those places. Other doors simply aren’t as fun as their coasting, clear counterparts, so treat your sliding glass doors right; they are the only exterior doors that let you exit your home without making you feel like you’re leaving it.
Proper glass treatment begins with preserving strong points and addressing disadvantages:
Many sliding glass doors come with screens, making them a top choice to un-stuff, un-smoke, or un-stink a room. Keep the door-opening process free of hassle.
Sliding glass doors are often the greatest entry point of light into your home. Allow yourself the option to turn the brightness as high as possible. Let the warm sunlight that radiates Wilmington, NC, into your home!
Sliding glass doors have no opening radius, keeping your room’s floor space usable. Choose treatments that respect the space around the door.
Glass eliminates confinement, and the size of sliding glass doors translate to open ambiance. Make sure your treatments can get out of the way when you want them to.
French doors often vie for attention in a room; sliding glass doors rarely do. Simple dressings for your sliding glass doors are best.
Privacy and Security
The locks on sliding glass doors, the biggest windows into your home, usually lack complexity.
Heat and cold penetrate glass with ease. Proper treatments can keep your energy bills low and the comfort level right.
Residue in Tracks
Sliding glass doors move easily because of being on wheeled or gliding tracks, which can collect dirt and grime. Be sure that dirt won’t transfer to your treatments.
The wall space taken up by your sliding glass doors is 50% door and 50% gigantic window. Decide if it is best for you to treat both sides equally.
The name of the door type explains why deciding on treatments for sliding glass doors should be taken seriously – “glass” calls for interior decor, “door” requires security, and “sliding” denies it sophistication. Treatments span various applications from traditional to functional to artistic, and unique circumstances in your home may influence your choices, such as durability against children and pets.
Here are a few options:
Folding shutters will almost completely open up the view. They fold back to one end of an overhead track, so a small portion of space will need to be unobstructed while opening and closing and when the shutters are gathered after opening.
Sliding panels, such as shoji screens and roller shades, will use a few inches of space depending on the size and depth of their track. The thickness of the material will usually determine its weight and durability. They may not slide completely out of the way unless you have enough wall space on either side of your doors.
Horizontal shades are a good choice for splitting the width of the glass. The set of Roman shades or horizontal blinds over the door can be drawn for accessibility while the set over the stationary glass continues to limit sunlight and maintain privacy.
Vertical shades can also be partially drawn. Simple curtains, drapes, or sheers provide different levels of light entry and can be layered for further control. Their decorative value increases when sliding into a corner that would otherwise be exposed. Vertical blinds are simpler but can be high maintenance when individual slats fail to stay put.
Glass applications provide protection from harmful ultraviolet light and can offer privacy as well. Tint controls light (and, by extension, temperature) while vinyl film can be cut to specific designs. These applications alone cannot be adjusted, but they supplement other treatments well.
Reading in your patio is more relaxing than in a coffee shop. Looking out over your own balcony is more satisfying than driving to the nearest lookout point. Projecting a movie in your backyard is more fun than going to a theater. Sliding glass doors usually lead to good things, so whether you had them installed or they came with your place, dress them well.
If you are a Wilmington, NC resident and are considering a sliding glass door in your home, be sure to think about the pros and cons of adding one, and then feel free to contact us when you’re ready to add the perfect window covering to your sliding glass door!