Glass Doors: Decorative Panels for Entry Doors

glass doors entryThe front door is the first point of entry for household guests. It provides visitors and passersby a glimpse into the personality of the inside of a home.

Because first impressions are important, many homeowners opt for the elegance and beauty of decorative glass paneled doors. There are many styles of decorative glass, giving homeowners plenty of opportunity to find the panel that best complements the entrance to their home. Below is information on a few of the types of glass used to create decorative panels for entry doors.

Tempered Glass
Four to five times stronger than standard glass, the strength and heat resistance of tempered comes from the extreme heating and rapid cooling method from which it is produced. This causes it to shatter into little oval-shaped pebbles instead of sharp shards if broken, earning it the nickname “safety glass.” In addition to decorative door panels, tempered is used in the production of an immense variety of products that include oven windows, computer screens and shower doors.

Beveled Glass
Popular among door manufacturers, beveled glass is a single pane with edges cut at an angle around the entire perimeter. The beveled edges allow it to capture light in a unique way that produces a wide spectrum of visually appealing colors. Beveled is typically cut from standard glass. However, some artists and manufacturers also perform the beveled process on colored textured glass to enhance the beauty of a design.

glass door designFrosted Glass
The exterior of frosted glass is sandblasted or etched with acid, resulting in an opaque, translucent surface. The dense lucidness of frosted glass provides a degree of privacy while still allowing light to enter through the surface. Although featured on furniture decor and other items, frosted is most popularly used with shower doors and other entry areas owners wish to keep private yet bright.

Lead Glass
Lead glass is fabricated by connecting glass pieces with thin strips of metal such as copper, zinc or lead to form a decorative design. The most common type is stained glass.

Glue Chipped Glass
During this decorative process, clear float glass is sandblasted and then covered with hot animal glue before dried in the oven. The glue cools as it attaches to the glass, and then shrinks during the drying process; ripping off thin shards that form random patterns in the process. Glue chipping adds texture and sophistication to glass, making it popular for use on windows and doors.
These are just some of the many types of glass panels used for decorative doors. For more information on glass panels for custom doors, contact your local glass door supplier.