A sliding door is most commonly made of glass, creating a large window into the wall in which it is installed and providing an undesired amount of lighting penetration in a room. Window treatments to provide privacy and light blockage are commonly used to cover sliding glass doors and add stylised design. Different window treatment options include sliding screens, curtains and blinds. While each window treatment has its own appeal, window and door blinds are a classic look providing versatile light blockage.
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Both vertical and horizontal blinds are constructed from thin panels of wood, though vertical is the most commonly manufactured of the two styles. Wooden blinds are available in a wide variety of finishes, stains and painted colours to suit the look of any home decor. According to Blinds Galore, wooden blinds are typically made of basswood or other types of hardwood. Wooden blinds offer a stylised light management option for sliding glass doors.
Cellular or honeycomb blinds are a common style of vertical blinds made to offer insulation and increase the energy efficiency of a home. Honeycomb blinds are constructed of thick fabric sewn into a cellular honeycomb pattern, sometimes up to three cells wide. They are available in many different fabric styles, offering a versatile, energy effective option to suit any home. Sliding glass doors can often let in a large amounts of cold air; cellular blinds are an excellent way to counter this effect.
Outdoor blinds are an ideal option for controlling light penetration and privacy while still allowing the homeowner to see outside. Outdoor blinds are constructed of solar screen fabric which stops the sun's heat before it reaches the sliding glass door, keeping the home cooler. Outdoor blinds also block harmful UV rays from entering the glass door and prevent eye-damaging glare from hitting the glass. A pull cord, accessible from either side raises the outdoor blind when use of the sliding door is desired.
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