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Should Your Front Door Have Glass In It?

22 January 2021

In addition to the material a front door is made from, homeowners need to evaluate whether or not to include glass in their front door.  This decision should not be taken lightly because it heavily impacts a home’s privacy, safety, level of natural light it receives, and curb appeal.  Here’s what homeowners in Western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities need to know.

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Privacy: Glass manufacturers offer various levels of privacy to allow homeowners to customize their door’s aesthetics.  Low privacy glass is absent of texture and can be seen straight through.  This type of glass works well on homes with long driveways that are not easily visible from the road.  Medium privacy glass is a combination of clear and nontransparent glass that provides a partial ambiguous view.  High privacy glass is extremely textured and allows an outsider to only detect interior colors and shadows. This type of glass works well for homes on busy streets.

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Safety: A common concern homeowners considering the inclusion of glass in their front door is whether or not doing so makes it easier for burglars to enter the home.  The answer to this relies on the type of glass used in the front door.  To ensure the utmost level of safety, reinforced tempered glass should be used in your home’s front door.  This glass is trickier for an intruder to break.  An added perk of this type of glass is its energy efficiency, which will save homeowners on their heating and cooling costs.

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Curb Appeal: Your home’s front door is one of the first features potential homebuyers and guests view.  Adding glass to the front door can create a more alluring façade, especially if the glass is stained or has an imaginative pattern.

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Natural Light: Research has shown that natural light is a top priority for those in the market for a new home.  A natural mood enhancer, natural light gives the illusion of a larger space.  This makes it worth strongly considering the inclusion of windows in your front door.  For homeowners wanting glass, but not wanting to feel exposed to the neighborhood, frosted, opaque, and decorative glass can offer the best of both worlds.

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