A Helpful Guide to Picking Doors with Glass When Renovating Your Home

Have you ever noticed how much of a difference it can make to a room to let in a bit of natural light? It’s instantly refreshing, uplifting and warming, making you want to spend your time there. You’ll know what we mean if you have areas around your home that are always a little bit dull and gloomy – these end up being the rooms that you try to avoid spending too much time in! But it doesn’t take much to completely transform these spaces and give your whole home its day in the sun. The answer? A touch of glass.

Introducing glazing into your exterior and interior doors is a quick and simple way of breathing new life – and light – into your living spaces. But it’s not just a case of “glass or no glass”. As ever, there are decisions to make depending on where your doors are in your home, their day to day function, and your own stylistic preferences. As with every element of a home renovation, picking the right types of glass doors is ultimately about how you want your living space to look, feel and work for you and your family.

Types of Glass Doors

For the exterior of your home…

Choosing glass for the exterior of your home is an excellent opportunity to boost your curb appeal, as well as creating a warm welcome into the entrance way. Decorative glass makes a stylish and eye-catching feature, while clear glass panels maximize light flow into dimly lit hallways.

There are also certain types of glass doors that not only brighten up your space but also enhance your lifestyle. French doors, like our exceptionally versatile Claremont range, allow you to expand your living and socializing space into your outside areas – onto a patio or veranda, for example – giving you more freedom and flexibility in how you use your space, all year round. Our Claremont doors offer a choice of 6 styles, including a traditional Victorian design. When closed, you can enjoy the views from the comfort of your home and keep an eye on children playing outside.

When considering the various types of glass doors for the exterior of your home, it’s important to think about the elements. The good news is that there’s no need for the extremes of the Australian climate to put you off glass exterior doors, certain styles have double gazing as an option, this will help help you to maintain a comfortable living environment inside your home, whatever the weather.

Our innovative and resilient Bona Vista aluminum doors can now be installed as a hinged option, as well as sliding, stacking or folding, making them ideal for giving external access to wet areas, such as laundry rooms or mud rooms. For added privacy from the outside, you can choose to go for translucent glass, and we can also update your tired old laundry window with an aluminum sash window to match!

For the interior of your home…

Using glass in your internal doors is an excellent way of opening up your space, making it feel bigger and brighter, and there are plenty of options to consider. Again, French doors make a stunning feature and give you flexibility in how you use your space.

Our Burwood range of stylish French doors can be used to divide up your living areas, without blocking out the light. You can opt for a single glass pane, or several smaller panes, in either clear or decorative glass to complement the style of your home. If you’re used to open plan living, these elegant and unobtrusive doors are a great choice for giving you more control and flexibility over your rooms and spaces, without closing them off, makes it easier to control heat and noise transference around your home. For some areas, you might want to go for translucent glass to give you greater privacy, while still inviting the light in.

For both exterior and interior types of glass doors, it’s important not to overlook the question of safety, and that’s where our exclusive Doors Plus Safe Glass comes in. Safe Glass is up to 500% stronger than standard glass, and if it does break (under extreme force), it will crumble rather than shatter, making it the smart choice for protecting both your family and your home.

The Cost of Glass Doors

If you’re put off the idea of French doors or our Panoramic sliding glass doors for fear of blowing the budget, don’t panic! The cost of sliding glass doors will depend on the size of the opening, how many panels you want to combine, the material you choose and the style of door you go for, so it’s worth exploring your options and talking to an expert to find a solution that will work for your home and your wallet.

Our Bona Vista range of aluminum bi-fold doors offers a variety of different finishes and can be supplied with 3, 4 or 5 panels to suit your space. Your final bi-fold glass doors cost will include measuring up, manufacturing to your exact specifications, and installation, as well as the framework and all of the hardware required, so you’ll know exactly where you stand and how it fits within your budget, and there won’t be any nasty surprises further down the line.

Visit your nearest Doors Plus showroom for more information and guidance about the various types of glass doors that we offer and find a range, style and finish that suits you and your home. Let the light in, and never look back!