You need a new front door for your home and have settled on a glass door or one with glass features. As you start your research you begin to see that deciding on a glass door is not such a straightforward process. There are many factors that need to go into your decision and below are 4 of them.

1. Security

When it comes to a front door of a home, many people think that a glass one would provide the least security as they are highly breakable. While this may be true for some, there are many glass doors that provide a great deal of security. You just need to choose the right one.

To ensure your glass front door offers enough security, consider a shatterproof type. This will ensure that intruders are not able to break the glass and access your home. Glass doors offer different layers of glass as well. Choosing one with more than one layer will make it difficult if not impossible for would-be burglars to break in.

2. Appearance

Your front door is the first point of contact for those who visit your home. Therefore, you want it to be elegant and welcoming.

Glass front doors come in many different colours and designs. You can opt for a clear glass that allows more light in you to see visitors as they approach. Textured glass can allow light in but gives you more privacy as people approaching are not able to see inside your home. Stained glass is also a great choice as it gives sunlight different hues and is aesthetically pleasing. If you feel better having a reinforced wood or steel door, you can add glass panels to the sides of them. These are popular and look fantastic.

3. Energy efficiency

In the winter months, you want your home to be nice and cozy. In the summer, you want it to be cool. Your front door plays a huge role in keeping the air in that your HVAC system produces.

To ensure your house is as energy efficient as possible, you need to confirm that your glass door is well insulated. The glass that is the most efficient is manufactured with glazing. Double or triple glazing consists of gas that occupies the space between window panes. Glass with insulated glazing will keep air in your home, allowing you to be as warm or cool as possible with no air escaping that could cause your energy bills to skyrocket.

4. Installation

There are many window and door installation companies available to do work for you and if approached all of them will tell you they can do exactly what you need. However, an inexperienced installer will result in a glass front door that is not put in correctly, resulting in your home being unsafe, not energy efficient, and overall unsightly at first glance.

If you need a glass door installed, go online and read some reviews about companies in your area. Read reviews written by past customers and if people are unhappy with the service they received, obviously do not hire that company. Consult with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website and choose a company that has a good rating. Chances are you know someone who has had a glass door installed sometime in the past.

Talk to family members, friends, and colleagues. These people will be honest with you and if someone provides a good recommendation you can hire the company they gave you the name of knowing they will do a good job.