3 Important Things To Consider When Replacing Glass Doors

Posted on: 21 June 2017

Unfortunately, glass doors can often meet a shattering end. Storms, human error and burglaries are all reasons why you may need to replace your glass doors. Sometimes they just become aged and discoloured, or you may want a more modern look.Whatever your reasons for replacing your glass doors, here are three important things to consider when choosing the best replacement glass doors.

1. Security

Doors are the most common point of entry during burglaries, and glass can make a door even more vulnerable to forced entry. You can increase the security of your glass doors by opting for toughened security glass instead of standard glass panes. Toughened glass has been heat-treated to make it strong and far more difficult to break.

You can also increase the security of your toughened glass by adding a transparent security film to the external surface of the glass. The film consists of micro-layers of tear-resistant materials which protect the glass from breakage and keep the glass in one piece in the unlikely event that is broken.

2. Insulation

Standard glass is an inefficient insulator, and windows are the feature responsible for the most thermal conductivity in a home. Choosing new glass doors that have increased insulation properties is ideal for preventing heat loss in summer and heat gain during winter. Insulated windows may cost a little more, but they will repay your investment in energy bill savings.

Double glazing is a great option for window insulation. Two panes of glass are used, with a small air pocket left between them which creates a thermal barrier that repels heat and cold. Insulated window films can also be highly effective for increasing the energy efficiency of windows and blocking out harmful UV rays from the sun.

3. Style

Modern glass doors have come a long way since the ubiquitous aluminium- and vinyl-framed panels of the 70s and 80s. Replacing your glass doors provides you with a fantastic opportunity to update the look of your home and create a more contemporary style.

Timber-framed doors are very popular, particularly bi-fold doors which allow you flexibility in your living space configuration and the flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Aluminium and vinyl are still popular choices and now come in a range of different styles, finishes and colours.

Contact your local glass door manufacturer and installer to find out about the range of doors they offer. They can help you to find the perfect new glass doors that fit all of your requirements.