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A guide to front door glazing options

Many customers now choose front doors with glazed panels or side lights to allow more light into otherwise dark or dim hallways. Front doors with glazing are available in a huge range of designs to suit homes of all kinds. So, if you’re considering a glazed front door or entrance door to your home, it’s important to think about the type of glass you want to choose and the impact your chosen glass will have on both your home and front door.

In this guide:

What to consider when choosing glass for a front door

If you’re adding glazing options to your front door, it’s important to consider a number of practical factors in order to find the perfect door for your home:

  • Budget – start any plans for home improvements with a realistic budget, as this will always be a starting point when making decisions.
  • Safety and security – ensuring that your front door offers maximum security should be a key priority. Choosing toughened safety glass, which has been reinforced to make it much harder to break, you can invest in a front door with glazing that will allow in light while still protecting and insulating your home.

What are the benefits of choosing front doors with glazing?

There are a huge number of reasons why customers choose to install front doors either with glazing inside the door or with glass side panels.

Increase aesthetic appeal of home

Firstly, a front door with glazing provides an attractive style that increases the aesthetic appeal of the home and front entry area, while allowing a huge amount of natural light into the hallway or porch. Glazed front doors look modern and bright

Range of designs and sizes

They’re also available in a huge range of designs and sizes, making them a flexible option suitable for most homes. For larger homes where a standard sized front door can look a little small, glass side panels can make the front entrance appear larger and more in proportion with the sizes of your home.

Superior thermal insulation

The benefits of glazed front doors aren’t just practical. Glazed front doors can also provide thermal insulation, keeping the cold weather out and the heat in, especially when high-quality glass is chosen.

The disadvantages of front doors with glazing

Whilst glazed front doors have a number of benefits, there are also some downsides to consider too.

Security

Security can be another drawback of glazed front doors. While toughened glass is extremely secure and offers a similar level of security to timber doors and others, many types of glass are not this strong. It’s important to choose front door glazing with high-security glass to ensure your home is safe from burglars and intruders.

Privacy

If privacy is important to you, this should be considered when choosing glazing for your front door. Most glazing is offered as textured or opaque glass which still lets light through but obscures the view from outside and provides you with more privacy inside your home.

What door glazing options are available?

Once you’re aware of the benefits and drawbacks of choosing to have glazing within your front door, it’s important to understand the options available to you if you do opt to buy a front door with glazing.

Double or triple glazing

Double and triple glazing are two of the main options available when choosing glazing for a front door.

Just as if you were considering glazing types for a new window, double and triple glazing refers to the number of panes of glass that are sealed within the frame; two in double glazing, three in triple. Double glazing is the standard option, but triple glazing offers improved thermal insulation and therefore more energy efficiency compared to double glazing. This can help to keep energy costs down in winter; triple glazing also offers improved noise reduction when compared with double glazing.

Glazing panels within door

Another option worth considering is glazing panels within the door. Unlike front doors built with single large glass panes, doors which feature a glass panel offer extra privacy and boast more opportunities for customisation, with options for textured glass. The door’s timber or composite frame can add extra strength where needed to glazed panelled doors.

Glass side panels

Finally, glass side panels are another option. Not actually a part of the door, glass side panels can be installed to the left and right of the front door to expand the visual appearance of the entrance and let more light into the home.

Glass side panels can be designed in various sizes and shapes to improve privacy and visual appeal, and side panels can be paired with either a glazed front door or with a solid door.

Vufold front door glazing options

At Vufold, we offer wooden front doors to suit the door style you’re looking for, including grey and oak ranges.

We offer:

  • Solid front doors
  • Solid front doors with glass side panels
  • Solid doors with inset glazed panels

Our doors are made with toughened safety glass and fitted with double glazed panels. They are also available in a range of sizes to fit door frames and homes of different dimensions. Doors are available with side panels to both sides or to one side, and side panels can be combined with either solid doors or glazed front doors.

OSLO external grey front door

OSLO front door
ProductGlazing optionsSizesCost
OSLO External front door
  • None – solid door
  • One side light to the left or right with solid door
  • Side lights on both sides of the door
  • 1981mm x 762mm
  • 1981mm x 838mm
  • 2032mm x 813mm
  • 1.44m
  • 1.59m
  • 1.94m
  • 2.24m
£449 - £1,539

Stockholm External grey front door

Stockholm door

ProductGlazing optionsSizesCost
Stockholm External grey front door
  • One side light to the left or right
  • Side lights on both sides of the door
  • 1981mm x 762mm
  • 1981mm x 838mm
  • 2032mm x 813mm
  • 1.44m
  • 1.59m
  • 1.94m
  • 2.24m
£529 - £1,619

Malmo External grey front door

Malmo door
ProductGlazing optionsSizesCost
Malmo External grey front door
  • One side light to the left or right
  • Side lights on both sides of the door
  • 1981mm x 762mm
  • 1981mm x 838mm
  • 2032mm x 813mm
  • 1.44m
  • 1.59m
  • 1.94m
  • 2.24m
£529 - £1,629

OSLO external oak front door

OSLO oak
ProductGlazing optionsSizesCost
OSLO external oak front door
  • None – solid door
  • One side light to the left or right with solid door
  • Side lights on both sides of the door
  • 1981mm x 762mm
  • 1981mm x 838mm
  • 2032mm x 813mm
  • 1.44m
  • 1.59m
  • 1.94m
  • 2.24m
£449 - £1,739

Malmo external oak front door

MALMO oak
ProductGlazing optionsSizesCost
Malmo external oak front door
  • None – solid door
  • One side light to the left or right with solid door
  • Side lights on both sides of the door
  • 1981mm x 762mm
  • 1981mm x 838mm
  • 2032mm x 813mm
  • 1.44m
  • 1.59m
  • 1.94m
  • 2.24m
£449 - £1,739

To find out more about our range of front doors and the glazing options available, please speak to our team of experts.