Window Treatments for Two Sides of a Patio Door
LESLIE: Alright. Chris in Tennessee’s up next. And you’ve got a sliding door you want to put a window treatment on. Tell us about it.
CHRIS: Well, it’s actually the door to my home office. So I use it from the inside and the outside. It’s got a lock on it. And I’m looking for some options for a window treatment that if I were to come in from the outside and hadn’t gone out through that door in the first place, that I could still operate the window treatment and get, you know, in the room.
LESLIE: That’s interesting. So it’s … it’s an interior wall and you want something that’s … window treatment for both sides; both your office and the room on the other side of the door.
CHRIS: The other side is the outside.
LESLIE: Oh, the other side is the outside.
CHRIS: Right. So if I were to come in … if I were to, say, go out the front door and then decided I wanted to come into my office from the outside through the sliding glass door …
TOM: You don’t want to have to push the …
TOM: … you don’t want to have to push the window treatment aside. I have a solution. What about that … what’s the Pella Designer Series?
LESLIE: Yeah, do you already have this door or are you open to getting a new one?
CHRIS: The door I already have.
CHRIS: The treatment I do not have. That’s where my problem is. I don’t know what to do with it.
TOM: One of your options is to consider replacing the door. And the reason you might want to do that is because I can’t think of a treatment that you’re going to be able to operate from the opposite side. However, some of the new doors today – like this one from Pella that Leslie and I were thinking of – has the treatment between the glass panes.
TOM: So there … so there is no curtain or window treatment or vertical blind for you to have to push aside or no hardware for you to have to rig up.
LESLIE: And the interesting thing about the Pella window – it’s their Designer Series doors; they have sliding doors, they have patio doors, everything within this line – is that, traditionally, if you were to get a window that has the treatment in the inside, you could never change it. You’re just sort of stuck with whatever it is that you’ve purchased.
LESLIE: But their new window – the Designer Series – has so many options and you’re able to open up a third pane of glass and switch that out very easily.
CHRIS: Oh, OK. Now, can you open and close this treatment, though? Like you would a normal …?
LESLIE: Absolutely. There’s a secret lever on the side of the glass, on the interior side, that slides up and down. So there’s no more pull cords so you don’t have to worry about a choking hazard for your kids or your pets.
LESLIE: And you just slide this lever up and down and the blind either opens and closes or the roller shade rolls up; depending on whatever it is that you pick.
LESLIE: You can operate it from the inside without any sort of messy cords. And now is a great time to make an energy efficient change to a door or a window at home because you get a great tax credit.