Blinds are a great way to dress up your sliding glass doors and get the privacy you need – all while still letting in some light. Other types of window treatments are all-or-nothing; they either let in no light or too much light.
Plus, blinds are more durable than other window treatments. That way, you get something that looks good – that’s also strong enough to handle being in a high-traffic area.
And, blinds are great at keeping the elements out of your home. Most blinds are thick enough to prevent hot air and cold drafts from making their way inside – leaving you with lower utility bills.
So, which type of blinds is right for your sliding glass doors? In order to make the right choice, you have to understand the ins and outs of each product:
– Vertical blinds
The overwhelming favorite in most homes, vertical blinds are cheaper than most other window treatments, and they’re incredibly versatile. When they’re closed, they offer total darkness. They can be pulled open to give you full sunlight. Or, they can be tilted to offer you a little bit of both.
– Horizontal blinds
They are not nearly as popular for sliding glass doors as vertical blinds, but horizontal blinds offer the same tilting benefits as their vertical counterparts. However, these blinds are usually heavier than verticals, so they can be tough to raise out of the way when you need to use the door.
Both vertical and horizontal blinds offer a ton of variety. They come in all sorts of materials – like wood, faux wood, vinyl, PVC, and aluminum. And, they come in a virtual rainbow of colors, so they are easy to fit into any décor.
But vertical and horizontal blinds aren’t your only choices.
What other types are out there?
– Panel track blinds
A newer way to cover sliding glass doors, panel track blinds are hanging panels that are installed on a track – so that they are easy to slide out of the way whenever you need to use the door.
Panel track blinds are made with a variety of materials – including wood, bamboo, fabric, and solar screen. The material you choose will determine how much natural light you’ll get. For example, a solar screen will let through muted light, while pure sunlight will pass through the gaps in a bamboo panel.
– Cellular blinds
Also called “honeycombs”, cellular blinds are made out of pleated fabric. The bigger the pleats, the less light that passes through them. Depending on your pleats, you can wind up with anything from muted light to total darkness.
Cellular blinds expand and collapse from side to side. On your sliding glass door, you can get cellular blinds that either rise out of the way or slide out of the way.