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The Best Window Treatments For Your Back Door

July 16, 2017

Do you have flimsy blinds on your back door that clank against the glass pane every time it’s shut? Or have you left your back door glass uncovered because you don’t know what to do with it? Covering your back door with the right window treatments let you enjoy the sunlight and view of your backyard while also giving you control over light and privacy – without the noise of blinds or any other treatment that bangs against the glass when the door opens or shuts.

The first thing to look for when finding a new back door window treatment is durability. You need something tough enough to handle the constant motion of the door and short exposure to the elements. It should also provide privacy from curious neighbors while coordinating with your home and style.

Whether your back door is a french door, sliding glass door, or a normal swing out door with a glass window, here are the best back door window treatment options to meet your needs.

Plantation Shutters That Are Fixed To Your Door

Plantation shutters on a back door

Faux wood plantation shutters work well on back doors because the shutter panels are attached tightly to your door. That means that when you open and close your doors the shutters move with the door and don’t bang around on the glass. You can tilt the shutter louvers open to let in light or close them for privacy. Swing out the shutter panels to easily clean your door’s glass.

Our Polywood® faux wood shutters are durable and can withstand the constant motion of your back door. They’re made of a composite material that resists moisture and fading. The shutters won’t chip or crack due to temperature or humidity changes. Polywood shutters also reduce heat transfer through the window to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

French doors or sliding glass doors that open onto your patio or deck can be challenging to cover due to their handles and large glass panes. Plantation shutters are customizable. They can be cut out around large or irregular shaped handles and can cover any size of glass. Plantation shutters can also be installed on bi-fold doors or sliding panels for a sliding door. You’ll end up with beautiful custom shutters that remain tight to your door. And you can easily open and close both the door and your shutters.

Customizable Shades 

Roman shades up close

Shades are a back door window treatment that are easy to customize. They come in many colors, patterns, and materials. You can retract them to let all the light in or pull them down to filter or block the light. Options include light and privacy liners so you can adjust them to your needs. Shades that work well for doors with glass include Roman shades, cellular shades, and roller shades. Roman shades stack up at the top of the shade but are smooth when pulled down. Cellular shades have tiny pleats that form a honeycomb shape from the side, creating air pockets that help with insulation. Roller shades roll down from a tube at the top.

If your door is exposed to constant sun or humidity, look for shade material that is resistant to heat and moisture. While shades aren’t as energy efficient as Polywood shutters, you can block some energy loss by using thicker material, liners, or cellular shades. Be aware that shades are more prone to fading than shutters.

Shades can be installed with hold down brackets so they don’t swing around when you open and close the back door. One disadvantage of shades is if you have large door handles, you can’t cut the shade around the handle.

Find The Back Door Window Treatment That’s Right For You

Need more ideas for your back door window treatments or window treatments for your living room, dining room, or sidelights? Browse through our idea gallery. And if you’re ready to order window treatments find a local Sunburst Shutters store and contact them for a free in-home consultation. A Sunburst professional will come to your home and help you find the perfect window treatment. Contact us today!