Types of Glass for Exterior Doors

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Types of Glass for Exterior Doors
Glass doors can provide beauty as well as security. (my front door image by dav820 from Fotolia.com)

When it comes to exterior doors, look is just as important as function. How a door looks can greatly enhance the look of a home outside and inside. Many people desire three things from an exterior door; security, energy efficiency and beauty. It is common to think that in order to have a door with glass, you must give up security. However, this is not the case, today’s glass doors are designed with all three attributes in mind.

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Insulating glass helps to keep the house cool in summer and warm in winter. Some common features of this type of glass are that it prevents fading of interior furnishings and reduces condensation. It also provides better visible light transmittance than tinted glass. Insulated glass is made by tightly sealing two or more sheets of glass together with a space of 6mm to 12mm of dry air in between the sheets.


Textured glass is preferred by those who want light to enter the home without providing a clear view of the interior to strangers. Textured glass comes in many styles such as frosted, glazed, ripple, gotta, reed, weave, bevelled and water glass.


Glass can be tinted to reduce full sunlight, heat and fading of interior furnishings. For those who desire colour but would like to obscure an onlookers view, baroque glass would fit the bill. Baroque is a swirling of colour within the glass, creating a rippled or marbleised effect.


Prism glass is architectural glass that redirects light through refraction and reflection. It is transparent with a decorative design of prism shaped ribs that reflect light and colour in many directions.

Bullet Proof

Bullet proof glass is made with several layers of laminate and plate glass moulded together. This type of glass breaks upon impact but will not shatter.


Frosted glass is commonly available in three styles: pinhead, sandblasted and acid etched. Pinhead glass is also called perforated glass. Holes in the glass are made with a roller to produce light diffusion.


Stained glass is a combination of any type or style of glass and lead. A design is created using different types or colours of glass that are cut into pieces that will make up the design. The pieces are then edged with copper foil. All the pieces are laid out according to the design and soldered together with a soldering wand and solder of a tin/lead alloy.

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