Blinds vs. Curtains: Best Privacy and Security Options for Patio Doors

Patio door with curtains

When thinking about the best window treatment for your patio door, it’s important to consider both blinds and curtains to help determine the right choice for you. Window treatments not only let you control light, regulate indoor temperature, and complement décor, but they can also enhance your home’s privacy and security. New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc., puts blinds and curtains head-to-head to better help you decide which window treatment is best for your privacy and security needs.

Benefits of Blinds

Blinds are considered a hard window treatment are composed of slats or vanes that are arranged either horizontally or vertically and controlled by a manual pull cord or rod. These louvers or slats are individually formed together to create the complete blind. The slats can be closed tightly for privacy, security, and light control, or they can be adjusted or tilted at different angles to allow you to control the amount of light needed.

When determining the right option for the privacy and security of your patio door, it’s important to keep in mind the benefits blinds offer. These include:

  • Generally less expensive: Blinds require less material and time to manufacture and therefore typically cost less when compared to curtains. But keep in mind that while plastic blinds will lower your material costs, wood and high-quality vinyl will cost more.
  • Easier to clean and maintain: Blinds have a hard, slick surface, so dusting them off or wiping them down with a wet cloth is quick and easy.
  • Longevity: The synthetic material of blinds, whether it be plastic vinyl, aluminum, or polymer-coated wood, makes them resistant to discoloration or staining.

Benefits of Curtains

Curtains are fabric panels that are most often sold in pairs. They’re a versatile choice for your patio door treatment since they come in a wide range of widths, lengths, fabrics, colors, and patterns. They also offer better insulation and soundproofing than blinds. Because of their lack of slats through which heat can escape, curtains have been shown to reduce heat loss more efficiently than blinds. Additionally, because curtains have no slats, they are better at keeping neighborhood noise and curious eyes out, providing you with excellent privacy and security.

Learn More About Patio Door Window Treatments

When it comes to your patio door, you want to pick the perfect window treatment to maximize aesthetics, privacy, and security. Whether it be blinds or curtains, New Jersey Siding & Windows, Inc., is here to educate you on the benefits of both. To learn more about blinds and curtains, along with the other services we provide throughout Northern New Jersey, contact us today.