The overall appearance, convenience and ambience of a home can be changed by doors. They are
usually one of the most ignored architectural aspects of a building,
however, their design, material, and with the proper finishes
contribute to the purpose of exterior and interior rooms. In
addition, although the general purpose of doors is the provision of privacy and to create separation, the use of
glass doors give a whole new perspective to your living environment.
1. What good does a
glass door bring to your home?
A highly significant
advantage of glass doors in a home is they permit natural light to
penetrate into rooms. This benefit gives a more open appearance and
for the occupants, a feeling of spaciousness. Particularly in an area
that is limited for space, you can make a room appear larger and give
it brightness by installing interior glass
doors. When installing, the glass
used in making doors is strong, resilient and therefore will not
easily crack or break.
Moreover, glass is a
product that is mold and mildew resistant and helps in creating a
hygienic, clean and maintainable environment in homes and properties.
It is simply a case of wiping them down with a cloth and they keep
their appearance for many years.
2. Considerations to
There are still some
considerations to make before committing to glass doors. For
starters, think about the level of privacy your neighborhood affords.
If you are in a highly populated area, a glass door may not offer you
the level of privacy or security you desire. However, placing the
door at the back or side entrance of your home may be an ideal
solution — offering you the best of both worlds no matter your
Speaking of security,
there is the concern that glass doors can be broken by possible
intruders who are looking to gain access to your home. For this
reason, you may want to consider double-paned glass rather than a
single pane. This will not only provide you with a higher level of
security because it can be harder to break, but the additional
insulation will also help to keep the cool air inside your home. This
feature may prove to be especially important especially if you’re
living in the Philippines.
3. Styles you can
Glass doors do not come in
just plainly glass. The styles and designs actually vary from clear
and textured to stained, and toughened. Whatever your choice of
preference is, these top four choices can surely bring you an idea of
the best type of glass door to satisfy your desire.
Textured glass doors
provide a nice variation because it allows you to keep the inside of
your home private while also featuring a stylish design on your door.
Textured glass comes in several varieties including frosted glass
which is really common as well as glazed, ripple, beveled, and water
A stained glass is a
combination of glass and lead. Pieces of glass featuring different
colors and sizes are used during the process. They are secured
together with copper foil. In the case of exterior doors, stained
glass is often used in combination with wood to get a vintage look.
Clear glass doors
obviously offer very little privacy but they definitely look stylish.
Most often, this type of glass is used in bathroom showers and as a
decorative element for doors made of more solid materials such as
wood for example.
To round up the list,
toughened glass doors have been treated to be more resistant to
breakage and to break in a more predictable way when that happens.
Glass doors can transform
your complete environment with different designs and colors. You can
determine the style and thickness of the glass you want, depending on
its application and if you like, give every room a character of its
4. How much does a
glass door cost?
The biggest consideration
that can influence costs is that of the size and design of the
potential area where the glass door is to be attached to. The larger
the area, the more materials and labor will be required, and thus the
more expensive the entire project will be.
Door prices vary far more
than for most home improvement purchases, and consumers may be quoted
significantly different prices for the same brand and model door from
different manufacturers and retailers.
Prices start at about
P15,000-P40,000 for a basic 5'-6' wide sliding glass door, or P35,000-P55,000 for
a standard 8' wide door, typically with an aluminum or vinyl frame
and options like a screen door or built-in blinds between the panes
of glass. With installation, total cost can approximately be around
P30,000-P100,000, depending on local rates in your region and the
complexity of the project.
Expect to pay
P50,000-P200,000 for a 5'-8' sliding glass door that is pre-hung,
which means the panels are already framed and everything is installed
as a single unit, minimizing breezy cracks and holes.
5. Cleaning and
It is of great essence
that you keep your glass doors clean. Nothing can detract from these
stunning doors more than fingerprints and smudges in the glass. If
they are used in the interior of your home, you should make sure that
you keep fingerprints off of the glass by using a mild glass cleaner
Exterior doors may require
more work to keep clean. Dirt and mud from your back patio can be on
the outside of the doors that will require you to hose down the
glass. Make sure that you are using a mild soap on the doors and that
you do not scratch the frosted areas and damage the design.
Glass doors can be
beautiful in the home, but they can also be difficult to keep clean.
A regular cleaning schedule will make sure that dirt and smudges are
removed promptly. Encourage everyone to use the handles when opening
and closing the doors to keep fingerprints to a minimum.