Glazed doors - Our glass guide

27-05-2020

Glazed doors are an incredibly popular option, particularly for those looking to flood their home with natural light.

This guide is aimed at helping you get an idea of exactly what a glazed door is and what different types we offer at Doordeals.

We'll take a look at what kind of glass you might like to go for and how opaque you can expect the glass to be.

We stock external glazed doors, but we also have a range of internal versions, which can be a great way of giving your home a flowing and open feel. Glazed doors help illuminate your home, which can be really helpful in rooms such as lounges where you want to optimise on natural light as much as possible.

What is glazing?

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Glazing is the glass added to a door (or window). It's been used and refined by the construction industry over hundreds of years - slowly evolving from the old fashioned crown glass you might see on 16th century buildings, right up to the double glazing you see present on homes all over the country today.

The difference between double and single glazing is that with double glazing you have two panes of glass with air between them. This is particularly useful in terms of insulation, as it stops heat being lost out of your windows.

What different types of glazing are available?

At Doordeals we offer many different types of glazing, some of our doors come with it already in place, while you'll see others marked "ready to glaze". With these, the glazing won't be included with the door, you'll need to choose the type of glazing you want. This can help you save money as you can pick the glass type and price that suits your needs on our website.

Here are a few of the most popular choices:

Slender Fit Glass

This is the latest innovation in double glazing - Doordeals are one of the only door specialists to offer this range.

What's unique about this glass is the small spaces between the thin panes, normally double glazed units are 22-25mm thick, but Slender Fit glass is just 11-13.5mm. This is achieved as a result of the emissivity coating on the inside of the glazing, which reflects the heat back into the room and will help you save on energy bills.

Clear Toughened Glass

Toughened glass is a special kind of safety glass, which goes through a treatment process to increase its physical and thermal strength compared to normal glass.

If the glass is subject to sufficient force to break, it would crumble into small granular chunks instead of splintering into jagged shards. This makes toughened glass much safer, also offering peace of mind if used on an external door as it is very difficult to get through. You can get an even stronger version with the double glazed option.

Clear Bevelled Toughened Glass

Bevelled glass has an angled surface cut around the entire periphery of the glass, giving a distinctive look. This acts as a prism, which highlights the bevelled feature of the glass.

By offering this in "toughened" form though, you'll be able to rely on it to shatter in the same way as above, so it will not represent a risk if broken.

Patterned Toughened Glass

You can also get toughened glass that comes with a pattern. Patterned glass is a more opaque option as the various designs can offer a range of obscuration.

We have Arctic, Autumn, Chantilly, Charcoal Sticks, Contora, Cotswold, Digital, Everglade, Flemish, Florielle, Mayflower, Minster, Oak, Pelerine, Stippolyte, Sycamore, Taffeta, Warwick - so a whole range of different beautiful designs!

You can check out the various designs here - just select Glazing - Patterned Toughened Glass and then click to view glazing patterns in full.

Etched (sandblasted) Toughened Glazing

Etched glass is good for that added bit of privacy, providing a little more obscuration with its subtle frosted design.

The method was originally utilised by the Victorians and is often used for internal doors, as it allows you to let light in but keep each room distinct.

You can also get this type of glass patterned - we offer Medway, Nene, Rother Stour, Tees of Thames as options and there are pictures of all available on site when choosing your glazing.

Triple glazed doors

These are made by soldering and leading two pieces of cut, coloured or bevelled glass together, then sandwiching them between two pieces of clear toughened safety glass.

This can work really well for a feature window, as it is much easier to clean than the more traditional options.

They also offer great insulation, with that extra layer really making a difference when it comes to keeping heat in.

These are just some of the options available. Take a look around the site and try out some of the different choices.

If you have any further questions, specifically related to building regulations, which we haven't covered in much detail here, then you can find some more information in our FAQ section.

Also, if you come across anything else you're not sure about or just want a little more information on then please do call our expert team - 0114 2557800 - we'll be happy to hear from you!