Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Almost all doors, whether it is wood, fiberglass, or steel, can be cut out to have a glass insert added. If your door has raised panels on it, the overall width and height of the panels will determine what size insert you need. You can email us a picture of your door or bring one to our showroom and we can usually tell what size insert your door needs. Please see our How to Measure Your Door handout for more details. We can also send one of our installers out to measure your door to confirm dimensions.
Many people add glass to their door for the additional light. It can really open up the entryway to your home. It is also one of the very few things you will do to your home that you can enjoy from the outside AND the inside of your home. Many clients only think about the additional street appeal … however you normallly spend most of your time inside your house and a beautiful decorative glass will become a huge focal point for your interior design!
We have over 150 “Standard” designs to choose from. These are pre-manufactured to the standard insert sizes. You cannot change any of the options (glass choices or caming color), however they will be at a lower price point than the custom inserts. We also specialize in making anything custom that you want! You can take a standard design and change the size, caming color, privacy, etc. or we can design something completly unique for you!
We have a very large selection of inserts to choose from. Many of them are very private and will still allow the same amount of light through compared to clear glass.
If you are adding glass to your existing door, you have the choice of purchasing tempered safety glass (standard) or upgrading to hurricane impact glass. While tempered safety glass has been heat-strengthened and is very durable, when something hard hits it at a high speed, it can shatter (similar to the side windows of a car). Hurricane impact glass is a laminated piece of glass with a plastic inter-layer (similar to the front windshield of a car). Hurricane impact glass CAN break, however the inter-layer will keep the glass together which keeps the opening protected. Hurricane impact glass will not only offer hurricane protection but it also can increase security from intruders as well as help reduce sound transmission. The standard tempered glass will usually cost less than hurricane impact glass, however we recommend if you do not opt for hurricane impact glass that you have some type of protection in case of a storm. (We do also offer a easy-to-install shutter system called DoorShield that slides over the door in the event of a storm and does not require any pre-drilling.)
Many times a door that may not be aesthetically pleasing will actually be structurally sound for cutting out and adding an insert. With the new glass and a fresh coat of paint, the door may look brand new, without the cost of a new door. That being said, we are a one-stop shop and have the capability of replacing the door slabs or the entire door unit including jambs depending on what you need. We have a huge selection of door options as well as glass options. Our well-trained installers are very knowledgable and will advise you on the best option based on your needs.
If we are adding an insert to your door, the installation will usually take about an hour per door (and 1/2 hour for a sidelight). Your doors will be taken off the hinges and cutout right on site. In a very short time your doors will be completely transformed!
NO! We believe in a very high standard of quality when it comes to our product and installations. We have very experienced, well trained, installers that work only for Glass Design.
Yes! This is a great way to update your bathroom with much less cost than a full remodel. We will install the new frameless glass in the same place that the old glass was to cover the holes left after removal.
We have a very large selection of glass and hardware options. You can choose between 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick glass as well as if you would like to use one of our decorative textured glasses or have us do an etched design on the glass. We welcome you to our showroom to see our full selection of options.
Yes! Please give us a call with the rough sizes and layout of your shower and we can email you back a nice CAD drawing that shows the details and the estimated price!