12 Types of Glass Used in Door
Have you ever wondered about the type of glass used indoors? Well, doors use glass owing to their sturdiness and strength.
A Glass is made of soda ash, opaque sand and limestone. It symbolises both transparency and hardness. It is hard and the toughest material used as a protection in the doors and windows but equally brittle as it can shatter into pieces if hit by a cricket ball. It is widely used because it has the potential to bring the sophistication and variety of functionalities to the interior and exteriors of rooms, houses, and buildings. It is widely used in offices, buildings and our homes. In fact, it is an essential element in windows and doors in any room, shower doors, shelves, appliances, showcases, cupboards, and the like.
Doors being an essential feature can help set the aesthetics and style to the entire room.
If you have any confusion while selecting the interior glass doors, then you should consider some factors. Some key factors include- design consistency, visual appeal, privacy, light, energy efficiency, and safety.
Here are some of the most protective and popular types of glass used in the doors.
1. Insulated Glass: If you have concerns about protection against the winters, then an insulated glass can serve your purpose. Sealing two or more glass sheets together with no air passage in between delivers insulated glass. Such doors can keep you warm in cozy winters and also let some light in.
2. Textured Glass: This glass gives a stylish look with its design for your front doors and it also helps you maintain privacy. Textured glasses come in a variety of options including the most commonly used frosted glass. There are other designs like the ripple, glazed, bevelled and the water glass.
3. Clear Glass: This type of glass mainly depends on the privacy factor and the layout of the property. For houses that are away from the street, such glass doors can offer continuous sunlight into your rooms and gives freshness and liveliness from both the entrances.
4. Tinted Glass: This is a special type of glass used in the doors as it contains a mixture of selective metal oxides in the making process. It controls the intensity of the natural light entering the house. Nowadays, such types of glasses can protect from the harmful UV rays and the solar heat. They are perfect for the external doors for houses and offices. It is available in the shades of green, brown and grey.
5. Toughened Glass: It is legal that glass doors must have toughened safety glasses installed. This type of glass is thermally and physically stronger than the regular glasses. Also, when broken they shatter into small cubes rather than the big shards. These doors are found commonly in rear windows of all vehicles and similar applications.
6. Stained Glass: This glass consists of glass and lead, both secured using a copper foil. It also comes in a variety of sizes and colours. It gives a vintage look to the exterior doors when combined with wood during the process.
7. Double/Triple Glazing Glass: For houses on the main road or busy part of towns, such glasses can form an essential part of the doors. These glasses can create an extra thick layer that helps in reducing noise transmission. They are more energy-efficient as they allow less heat to pass through. Thus, keeping the rooms cooler in summers and warmer in winters.
8. Laminated Glass: This glass acts as a safety glass but reacts very differently to the toughened glass. It consists of two pieces of glass and has a layer of polyvinyl in the middle. The inner layer of polyvinyl can keep the layers of glass glued together even when broken. It can also produce a characteristic spider web effect.
9. Colored Glass: If you wish to bring vibrancy and shades of color to the entrance of your home, then you can add a color glass scheme to it. It gives a style statement to your home. It comes in a variety of colors. It is moisture resistant and highly durable. You can use it for your exterior doors, kitchen doors, internal sliding doors or as a partition.
10. Reflective Glass: This type of glass is sturdy enough to protect the privacy of a home. It gives a sense of comfort while allowing a view of the world outside from the room. However, during the evening time, the reverse can happen as the interiors illuminate. A special type of coating is used on the glass surface to render uniqueness. It is the most popular type of glass used in modern architecture as it adds style and elegance to the building.
11. Frosted Glass: The frosted glass is acidly etched. This is achievable by using the corrosive hydrofluoric acid, which results in the removal of some amount of silica from the glass surface. This gives a frosted appearance with a rough surface. The Acid etching gives a frosted etched finish to the glass thus capable of producing very intricate designs. This process is in vogue since the Victorian age to decorate the doors and windows of the bars and public houses to give a royal look.
12. Bevelled Glass: This glass can perfectly fit as the tabletop of the dining table, door panel, coffee table or the side tables of your home. One can cut glass sides at precise angles, and polish them for smoother and thinner edges. Another feature of this glass is that the edge acts as a prism in the presence of artificial or the natural light. This is the uniqueness of this glass.
Remember, the appearance of your front door is capable of creating your home’s impression. But apart from aesthetic aspects, the front door has to be protective to safeguard you from external forces and human impact. Thus, choose your glass according to your door-based needs and daily use.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: SHABANA KAUSER
Shabana Kauser is the dynamic owner of Emerald Doors, the famous door-selling company in the UK with immense knowledge and experience in working with architecture, interior design, and home decor. She continues to share tips and technical know-how of balancing interior elements, door fittings, room aesthetics, and the like. Personally, she loves coffee, always dabbling with several blends.