If there is one thing that most Valley homes have in common, it’s sliding glass doors. We love the sunshine and love spending (most of the year) outside, so they just make sense to have! However, they’re also one of the hardest things to cover during the hot summer months. Many of us opt to use vertical blinds, which get the job done but aren’t that durable or stylish. If you want your sliding glass door to stand out, we recommend giving plantation shutters a chance.
Plantation Shutters for Sliding Glass Doors
Plantation shutters have been around for nearly two centuries and it’s fairly easy to see why — they’re sturdy, sophisticated, and have a certain element of style that other window coverings lack. But what are they?
Plantation shutters are characterised by their tilted wooden louvers, which are similar to the slats on blinds. However, unlike blinds, these shutters are fitted into the window frames and they open like doors, rather than being opened with a pull-string.
What They Look Like
They’re not like traditional shutters — there’s no stacking and up-and-down closing mechanics here. Instead, they swing out like doors. This allows you to enjoy your full window and gives you total light control when you need it.
Speaking of light control, their tilted wooden louvers give you exactly the amount of light you need — a steady stream of soft lighting that won’t overwhelm you, but will nicely illuminate whatever room they’re in. This also gives you total privacy, as they're designed to let you peer out, but no one peer in.
When you choose our real wood shutters you can rest assured that our wood is responsibly sourced for North America, making them an eco-friendly option.
Plantation shutters can be made from several different types of materials to stand up to the sun, dust, and temperatures. Composite shutters stand up to humidity without any issue, which means they’re perfect for bathroom windows, laundry rooms, and kitchens. If you choose wood, then rest assured they’re treated to withstand the sun and heat!
The way plantation shutters are installed, flush with the walls, and fully cover sliding glass doors without any problem. That means no glares, no harsh lighting, and no problem!
We've even included hidden features in our plantation shutters, like a hidden tilt rod and motorization to give you even more control.
In addition to having great light control, our shutters are also great at insulation. They help seal out the heat and keep in the cool during the summer. During the winter, the cold is kept out too! This is due to them being “sealed” in your window frame — there is no gap between your window and the shutters, so there is less room for energy to escape.
Many of our customers want window coverings that both last and are easy to clean. We don’t blame them either — no one wants to spend time cleaning or replacing when they could be enjoying themselves! As we mentioned already, shutters are durable and they’re easy to maintain. All you need to do is dust them or wipe them down every now and then to clean up fingerprints.
Shutters made of wood will acclimate to their environment and the louvers may need to be tightened to keep a good fit, but this is usually increadly easy to do with a simple screwdriver.
Increase Property Value
Plantation shutters increase the value of your home! Plantation shutters are one of the most popular and desired window coverings out there, meaning buyers will pay more when they’re already installed!
Shutters are the only window covering that an appraiser will actually add value for. So if you’re looking to add value to your home, whether you’re expecting to sell or not, plantation shutters are a good bet!
Custom Pieces — Not Factory Duplicates Here!
Using plantation shutters for your sliding glass door means they will be 100% custom built. You won’t have to worry about matching measurements, wonky installations, or cutting corners. Everything at Budget Blinds of Tempe and Central Phoenix is made custom for your windows and doors, which makes it so much easier for you!
And They Last!
All those benefits and they have a great lifespan! Plantation shutters have one of the longest average life spans out there — when you invest in high-quality, custom plantation shutters for your home, they're likely to last 50 years or more! They’re a once-in-a-lifetime investment, literally!
Plantation shutters for sliding glass doors always look excellent, they provide great privacy or visibility on demand, and for all these other benefits we can easily recommend them. Schedule your consultation to get the right window covering solution for you.