The Best Window Blinds for Patio Doors

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The Best Window Blinds for Patio Doors
French doors are often used as patio or balcony doors. (must have nice view image by mark humphreys from Fotolia.com)

Patio doors often feature large panels of glass, or they may be sliding glass doors which let in plenty of light and allow you to view the beauty of the outdoors. However, there may be times when you want more privacy, or you need to darken the room. A variety of blinds work well on patio doors.

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Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are an ideal choice for patio doors because they complement the vertical lines of the door and are easily adjusted to let more or less light in. These blinds consist of long, vertical pieces of material hung from a central rod at the top of the door. The experts at Primo Blinds say that fabric-covered PVC blinds are durable enough to handle constant use and help insulate large windows and doors to prevent drafts and heat loss.

Wood Blinds

If you prefer horizontal blinds, consider wood. The thicker, sturdier material won't be easily broken or bent when you open and close the blind. It will also resist damage from the door opening and shutting frequently. The Blinds.com website says that if your patio doors are sliding doors, installing two sets of wood blinds over the two sections of the door will make accessing it easier. Wood blinds are a good choice for sliding glass doors because they block plenty of light and create privacy but still let some light through.

Bamboo Blinds

Bamboo blinds let in more light than wood but diffuse the light better and provide even more privacy. Most bamboo blinds come in the roller shade style, which uses a single sheet of woven bamboo and rolls up when you want your patio doors open. According to Apartment Therapy, bamboo blinds prevent the heat or glare from direct sunlight but won't completely darken a room. They aren't as sturdy as wood or aluminium blinds, so you must take more care to prevent damaging them.

Aluminium Blinds

If you have children in your home or use your patio door on a daily basis, choose aluminium blinds. This material is the toughest, especially when you choose spring-tempered aluminium say the experts at Blinds.com. It's easier to clean than wood or fabric. For total light blocking, choose a blind that features no route holes, which are the holes on the slats of the blinds that the lines used to adjust the blinds are run through. Many aluminium blinds offer this option, which will prevent small dots of bright light from creating glare on a television or dining room table.

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