A glass door allows in more natural light, while also providing your building's entrance with a more open and welcoming feel. The following are some things to consider as you shop around for a glass door.
If the door is being installed on a building entrance, insulation quality is important. Fortunately, commercial glass doors are available in insulated options that are both attractive and affordable. An insulated door consists of two layers of glass. An insulating gas, like argon, is trapped between the layers. The frame around the glass is also filled with insulation to further improve the quality of the door.
Easy maintenance is one benefit of glass doors. As a general rule, you only need to clean the glass, as there is no need to repair paint or dents as you would with wood or metal doors. There is one thing to keep in mind, though. Certain films applied over the glass, such as tinting, can become scratched and damaged. Integrated tints that are built into the glass will prevent this issue.
3. Privacy Options
If you want the natural light from a glass building door but still need some privacy from passers-by, then there are options. Dark tints are one such option, although they can limit light somewhat. The main benefit of tint is that you can still see out. Another option is to invest in a frosted glass door. The frosting is attractive and it diffuses rather than blocks the natural light. You can even have custom frosted glass made, which can feature the design of your choice — such as a company logo.
One concern about glass doors is safety — can the door shatter or break, harming a client or staff member? The good news is that this is highly unlikely. Glass doors are typically made of layers of tempered glass, which makes them shatter-proof. There are also laminated glass doors available, which provide even more peace of mind that the door won't break or shatter even when slammed or caught by the wind.
The same tempering and lamination that makes glass doors safe also provides for some security against intruders and break-ins. If you are very concerned about security, there are glass door types available that have integrated mesh screens. Even if the glass is broken, the screen prevents anyone from getting into your building.
Contact a commercial glass contractor if you are interested in adding a glass door to your building's entrance.