Sliding patio doors are perfect transitions between indoors and outdoors. The very nature of its construction presents some issues in the matter of window treatment. Window treatments are necessary because one may need privacy and the need to shut out light at times. Consider the alternatives and each has some drawback or the other.
Curtains are obviously the first choice but the fabric can get in the way and they do occupy space, cutting off some light and air.
Vertical external blinds
Vertical sheers with vertical panes that can be rotated 180 degrees are worth considering if you wish for privacy and light control. Such blinds for sliding patio doors can be made of wood, bamboo, lightweight aluminium or textured fabrics. The entire mechanism to hang the blinds is cumbersome and expensive.
It is possible to have wooden gliding panels to cover the sliding door opening. When closed the panels cut out light and air completely and provide total privacy. However, the panels must stack on top of each other and this takes up space. It can be cumbersome to operate.
There are other options too but regardless of which one you choose there are issues inherent to each. Maintenance is an added factor as is cost. Addition of an external blind does introduce an additional complication in the form of an intrusion into the seamless look of a sliding patio door.
There is a solution that does away with complications of traditional external window treatments for sliding patio doors. The simplest, neatest and the most elegant way is to include blinds inside the panes of the sliding panels. This does away with all the disadvantages of external blinds. There is nothing to get in the way. The sliding doors appear in all their natural glory with no blinds to cut off the view or the looks of that part of the wall. The question of cleaning the blinds simply does not arise. The blinds are securely enclosed between two panes of glass and no dirt can get to them. With nothing to impede their movement, sliding panels of the door can be moved at will.
So how does open or close the blinds when they are secured inside the double glazing of the sliding doors? The solution is simplicity itself. Magnetic sliders help raise or lower the blinds.
The entire assembly is enclosed within uPVC or aluminium frames. These frames are incorporated into the main frame of the sliding doors. Such frames can also be retrofitted into existing sliding doors to give interiors a new, pleasantly polished look not to speak of the convenience that this type of blinds for sliding doors provides. It could be and possibly is the best option for sliding doors.
There is an added bonus when one opts for integrated blinds. The double glazing acts as an acoustic barrier and also saves energy. Investing in such integral blinds is the best bet because they actually save money while improving the overall aesthetics of interiors.