If you’re installing new entry doors in your Winnipeg, MB home, you’re probably considering whether or not to get one with glass inserts or windows. Its quite common for entry doors to have glass, even though there is a lot of safety concern around such design.
Consider the following when thinking about adding glass to your new entry door:
- Durability – You need an entry door that’s durable, but you want one that’s beautiful. While glass cut outs and inserts look wonderful, they lower a door’s durability considerably. In this case, your top priority should be durability, as your entry door needs to stand up to the elements and potential intruders. You can balance visual appeal by adding a fun color or something similar.
- Privacy- A glass entry door lets beautiful light in, but it also lets people see in. If you can see out, others can see in. Unless you spend a lot of money on special glass, any glass you add to an entry door will be a big whole in your privacy. Depending on where you live, and how close your house is to your neighbors or the street, this can be a big issue. Also, its important to note that if you neighbors can see in, so can people with potentially nefarious intentions.
- Light – The amount of light you want in your home is completely subjective. Some homeowners want as much as possible, while others don’t really mind either way. Having glass in your entry door can bring lots of natural light into your entryway, and make it seem more welcoming. However, this same natural light can also heat up your entryway, making it too warm and causing your air conditioner to work overtime and your energy bills to go up. You need consider what’s important to you: welcoming light, or saving on energy?
- Style – Adding glass to your entry door really comes down to what style you want, and balancing that style with function. If you’re worried about glass, there are lots of other ways to add some style to your entry door like door color or stain, different hardware shapes and colors, unique materials beyond fiberglass, transoms, sidelights and many more.
At the end of the day, the decision whether or not to add glass to your entry door is up to you, and what you consider to be most important. However, your door and window consultant can offer more personalized advice and recommendations after an in-home consultation.
Pioneer Window & Door Mfg Ltd can help you do just that. We have years of Winnipeg, MB entry door experience, and would love to use our expertise to help you decide what’s best for you and your home. Please pay us a visit at 8 Fast Lane Headingley, MB, R4H 0C5 to meet with us and see some doors in person. You can also give us a call at (204) 889-8422 for more information, or to schedule a consultation.