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Home Improvement With Exterior Glass Doors

Updated on April 10, 2015

Besides adding texture and style, I think there is something romantic about front doors that have glass panel inserts.

Exterior doors with glass to me are a little bit of a tease, an invitation to see - offering the allure of peaking our curiosity of what is behind that door but not a complete vision and definitely not an open door.

Journey with me as we tour exterior glass doors that range from traditional and classic to mold and modern with bright colors and artistic design that Picasso would have been proud of. Whatever your taste, we have your dream door here today.

While you are touring, take special note of the matching transoms (the windows above the door itself) and the side lights (the skinny windows on the side). Together we will learn the options of textured class, different hinges, different thresholds and perhaps even learn a new term or two. At the very end we will showcase a double door that is made of stained glass in an artistic patten reminiscent of Matisse or Picasso and a double door system that is high-styled stained glass and wood fashioned after the grand artists of Frank Lloyd Wright and Tiffany with bright stained glass celebrating nature surrounded by beautiful wood grain.

Traditional Style Exterior Doors

beautiful and elegant exterior door with leaded glass
beautiful and elegant exterior door with leaded glass | Source

Doors Offer Privacy and Curb Appeal

The door at the right is a proud addition to any traditional American home. Deep, rich wood tones combine and contrast with the leaded glass.

This door offers privacy and intrigue - it beckons to our sense of imagination of what may lay behind that doorway.

Take special note that the beautiful wood is a raise panel lending further texture and depth to this door. Additionally the graceful arch at the top of the door is repeated within the raised wood panels, echoing the architectural statement of refinement and attention to detail.

An exemplary classic done with the attention of detail any estate would be proud to welcome.

Traditional Front Door with Curved Transom

Traditional Front Door with sidelight, arch and leaded glass and a new twist - a curved transom
Traditional Front Door with sidelight, arch and leaded glass and a new twist - a curved transom | Source

Curved Transom on Front Door

This traditional classic brings a new twist to classic elements of raised wood and leaded glass with a curved transom window at the top and the leaded glass design repeated throughout from the side lights to the double doors to the transom window.

To further highlight the arch and entrance of this door, the brick is curved to perfectly frame the doorway opening.

Transitional Exterior Glass Door with Matching Side Lights

beautiful glass exterior entry door with diamond leaded glass
beautiful glass exterior entry door with diamond leaded glass | Source

Modern Plus Traditional = Transitional Door Designs

To blend the classic with the modern, this transitional design is both neutral in color and in design. A fitting exterior door for blending the old with the new. Classic leaded glass with matching diamond pattern compliment the door and its side lights.

The diamond leaded glass is softened by curves of patterns only at the corner's edge.

The glass itself is textured - providing both light and privacy.

Leaded Glass Exterior Door

Mahogany glass exterior door with leaded glass
Mahogany glass exterior door with leaded glass | Source
Flemish Glass distinctive crinkled looks obscured for privacy and insulated
Flemish Glass distinctive crinkled looks obscured for privacy and insulated | Source
Beveled Glass clear Tempered with 1 1/4" beveled edge insulated true divided lights
Beveled Glass clear Tempered with 1 1/4" beveled edge insulated true divided lights | Source

Another great design that is transitional that offers a hint of the Victorian era with its elaborate leaded glass and a hint of the modern.

Glass Texture

A great feature of exterior glass doors is the texture. Even the addition of a smooth, plain glass adds another dimension of texture.

If you desire privacy, there are a number of option beyond just frosted glass. The texture patterns are almost endless ranging from wavy water like texture to pebbled and dimpled and much more.

Tiffany Glass Framing

Beyond the wood grain, beyond the raised panel, beyond the glass texture, adding a leaded glass with detailed Tiffany framing is an entire new level of texture for the exterior door.

Transom Window

The transom window is the window just above the door. If you have the height in your foyer, it is a great way to add natural light to your home main entrance. The plural of transom is "transomes".

The term "transom" is an architectural terms to inidicate a piece of wood or stone across the top of a door or window. A transom window could also be over another window.

Transom in naval architecture is the surface that forms the stern of a vessel.

Wikipedia shares with us that: "Transoms may be flat or curved and they may be vertical, raked forward (known as retroussé), or raked aft.[1][2] The bottom tip of the transom can be approximately on the waterline, in which case the stern of the vessel is referred to as a 'transom stern'."

Side Light Window

The side light window is just what it says, it is a window that is next to the door on the side. Often there is only one side light window because of space. If space allows, a side light window on each side of the entrance - either single or double doors provides a nice symmetrical presentation of the home's main entrance.

Clavos Options

Clavos option for exterior doors by Jeld-Wen
Clavos option for exterior doors by Jeld-Wen | Source

Door Exterior Options

Exterior door options also include a clavos as shown to the right.

The addition of a "clavos" on an exterior door works well for a visual authenticity to doors for Old World homes. In Medieval and Renaissance architecture they were functional not decorative to the door.

The shapes, finishes and hand-forged appearance of clavos is a testament to the thoughtful artistry of another age.

Of course, you adding the panel insert of the glass is another level of texture for the door.


Transoms on Exterior Doors

Glass Exterior Doors with transoms and sidelights
Glass Exterior Doors with transoms and sidelights | Source
Glass Exterior Doors with transoms and sidelights
Glass Exterior Doors with transoms and sidelights

Entry Doors with Glass Windows - Beveled

Glass Windows for Entry Doors
Glass Windows for Entry Doors | Source

Decorative Glass Options

Decorative glass options for exterior doors
Decorative glass options for exterior doors | Source

Exterior Glass Door Options


Caming Finishes

Our Decorative Glass comes in a variety of different kinds of Caming. Caming is the met


Decorative

There's a reason we offer such unique decorative glass options - they're designed by our talented glass artists. These designs are created especially for our Custom doors and each one is made with careful techniques like hand beveling. With all the decorative glass designs we offer, there's sure to be one to match your home's architectural style. Of course, you can always give your entry a truly personalized look by bringing us your own ideas for a glass design. In our insert, sidelight and transom glass designs, caming is the metal bonding that fuses individual glass pieces together. This assembly is done by hand, using your choice of Polished Zinc, Brass, Patina, Copper or Satin Nickel caming. Glass is triple glazed to protect the caming finish.



Caming Finishes

Our Decorative Glass comes in a variety of different kinds of Caming. Caming is the metal edging used to bind the separate pieces of glass together

Low-E Insulting Glass Lowers Energy Costs

Door manufactures such as Jeld-Wen offer an energy efficient option for glass - both on their windows and on their doors. The high-performance low-e insulating glass lowers energy costs, helps homes stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, prevents fading of interior furnishings, and reduces condensation.

If heat gain is a concern as it is in most of southwestern United States, there is another version of low-e, call LoĒ³-366 glass. This glass provides more protection against heat gain by blocking harmful infared rays, as well as providing greater energy savings.

Frugal Alternative - Window Cling - Decorate Glass Without the Cost

No funding for new exterior doors? Check out a great option to take your plain jane glass to a new level. Add some privacy, perhaps some architectural details, perhaps some color or even a 2 way mirror.

Traditional Leaded Glass Exterior Door

Traditional Leaded Glass Exterior Door
Traditional Leaded Glass Exterior Door | Source

Traditional Exterior Glass Door with Transom and Sidelights

Traditional Exterior Glass Door with Transom and Sidelights
Traditional Exterior Glass Door with Transom and Sidelights | Source

Modern Exterior Glass Door

colorful glass exterior door - modern in artistic design
colorful glass exterior door - modern in artistic design | Source
charming Victorian style leaded glass window with red
charming Victorian style leaded glass window with red | Source

Tiffany Craftsman Doors

Craftsman Arch Lite Door

with Dragonfly glass in Quartersawn White Oak, English Chestnut finish.

Tiffany style glass inserts are made with the finest hand-selected, hand made colored glass, assembled with a copper foil and lead technique. No two sheets of colored glass are identical, so slight variations in color hue may occur in each glass panel. This individuality should not be considered a defect as it adds intrinsic value to your doors. Doors with Tiffany style glass inserts must be viewed with light behind the glass in order to bring out the complete effect, as the surface colors of the glass sheets provide only one dimension of the beauty of each individual glass panel.

Exterior Doors - Great Investment and Insulates Too!

Exterior doors are not just decorative they can also qualify for insulation and possible tax deductions.  A great investment for your home and possibly a tax deduction too.  Check with your tax advisor and see if you qualify and if your potential purchase qualifies.

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    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Our front door is from 1930 - we even have the receipt. It is beautiful but we must stuff the door during the winter because of the light coming through - I can definitely relate.

      My husband refinished the door and I purchased some foam to fill in the edges - that project is still pending like many others.

      Doors make a big difference. IF you can try to refinish and upgrade with new hardware. Yes, the new doors offer better insulation but history and originality mean allot.

      The historic homes, the intrinsic value of the old combined with the new I feel is the best of the best.

      Would love to see a photo of your carved door - it sounds exquisite.

    • wilderness profile image

      Dan Harmon 

      6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I've been thinking of buying a new exterior door. Although I love our old solid wood door (with a carving on the outside) it is old and cracked. You can actually see sunlight THROUGH the door.

      Thanks - your hub gives me food for though. I like glass in the door and your photos are very though provoking.

    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Jo Desalurier,

      I completely agree - the classic from days of old - deep rich mahogany and the leaded window panes and all the light. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Jo Deslaurier profile image

      Jo Deslaurier 

      7 years ago

      I'm in love with the second traditional door. Beautiful choices.

    • GmaGoldie profile image

      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Mark Ewbie,

      Thank you for the great compliment. It was a labor of love - just plain fun.

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      Mark Ewbie 

      7 years ago from UK

      Wow. What a nice looking hub.

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