With the front door you’ll have a number of choices to make, including the style and design you opt for. But you’ll also need to make a decision on the glazing and not just with the pattern. Glazing is one of the most important parts to your front door’s appeal and many people say your door is only as good as the glass. This is in line with both aesthetic appeal and security.
Of course, with modern manufacturing there are now hundreds of patterns to choose from and you could possibly even design your own glazing style. But what about the strength of the glazing?
Essentially, there are three main options to choose between when it comes to the type of glass you pick: double glazing, toughened and laminate.
Double glazing front doors are seen as the most energy efficient. And it’s easy to see why, with two panes of glass and a motionless gas spacer preventing heat from passing through and exiting your home.
By locking more heat inside you’ll ensure to have a warmer home and be in a position to cut those expensive fuel bills as there won’t be the need to turn up the thermostat. Double glazing front doors can even help to reduce condensation and will aid in slashing carbon emissions too.
Are there any other options?
There are options to double glazing front doors, and arguably toughened and laminated glass is more popular.
Both are seen as safety and security alternatives because they’re extremely hard to break. The difference between the two is how they react to impacts and invariably, the cost.
Toughened is the cheaper of the two and when struck it will break into small beads of glass rather than large dangerous shards. But this takes some doing to break toughened glass.
Laminated glass, on the other hand, will hold together even when struck. The glass will crack, but be held together by an interlayer of polyvinyl butyral. This will help to prevent break-ins, keeping your property safe throughout the year.