3 Reasons To Not Be Afraid Of Doorglass
Often when consulting with homeowners about replacing the entry door, the doorglass is consistently at the top of the list of concerns. On a daily basis homeowners ask us – “How safe is it?”, “Can people see right in?”, “Can it be easily broken so that a thief could get in?” and the answers are a resounding “Very safe”, “No” and “No”
The concern and questions that people have when it come to replacing the front entry door are real and legitimate, but fortunately for people looking to replace doors as part of their home improvements, so are the products that are installed in the home.
Doors and Doorglass have a come along way over the years and especially over last decade. Significant improvements have been made to make the doors and doorglass stronger, thicker, more energy efficient and safer. Industry leaders such as ODL and RSL have been crafting and perfecting decorative doorglass for years and each piece of glass is put through rigorous testing before it can be shipped and installed.
1. Forced Entry Deterrent – Each piece of doorglass is at least 1″ thick from outside to outside. There are two exterior clear pieces of glass that encase the decorative panel that is in between them. The exterior pieces of doorglass are made of laminated glass for breakthrough resistance. Similar to a windshield in that it can break but shatter into millions of pieces, the laminate keeps the glass together even during severe weather or contact. Because there are three panes, the doorglass will resist penetration even if the exterior pane is hit and shattered.
Testing for this is very extensive and the glass can withstand major blows from either a person trying to break in or from wind borne debris during a major storm. For example, ODL Doorglass must survive a test of 50,000 slams to pass inspection. Regardless, you can rest assured that you and your family is safe and that no one is going to be able to break through the front doorglass to enter the home. The new doorglass will allow the front door to immediately become the most secure entrance to the home. It can be assumed that a potential burglar could gain access through any other door or window in the home before they could get through the entry door.
“We actually had someone try to break in our home while we were out of town last Christmas,” said Susan M. of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl. “They tried to bust the front door glass but could not and spent so much time and made so much noise trying to do so that they were still trying to get in when the police arrived. The thought of the break-in attempt was very scary but knowing that the doorglass that Heckard’s Door installed held up so well makes us feel so much better.”
2. Privacy – If you are like most homeowners, you do not want someone to be able to look right through the front door from the street or sidewalk and see into the house. Doorglass manufacturers know this and address it with each piece of doorglass that is created and released to the public. Companies such as PlastPro and ODL keep a close eye on the consumer and market trends which allows them to respond with solutions that keep people happy. Each piece of glass has a different level of obscurity and some can be seen through more easily than others and that is why there are literally hundreds of designs and options to choose from. Each design varies widely in the amount of light they bring in and the amount of privacy they afford. Each is given a privacy rating from 1 to 10 so that you can choose the right amount of obscurity for you.
Each piece of doorglass is handcrafted with combinations of clear, textured, beveled and colored so that each piece can be as unique as the people who buy them. The doorglass is also reflective during the day so that if someone is looking at the door from the street or sidewalk, they will see themselves and not see in your home. Also, because each piece is made up of several types of glass, such as granite glass or arctic hammered glass, visibility is greatly altered by the obscure patterns, making it nearly impossible for someone to look in and see any details from outside.
3. Increased Home Value – So once you have gotten over your fear that someone could easily break through the front doorglass or that someone can simply look in and see you in your evening attire, know that you are also making a smart financial investment by replacing your entry door with a decorative glass door. A beautifully designed entry sets the stage for the rest of the home. It is the only thing on the outside of the home that allows you to truly communicate your style and taste.
It’s all about curb appeal. When consumers were shown homes with a solid door compared to a door with decorative glass, the decorative glass increased the home’s perceived value by an average of 4-6 percent (ODL Proprietary Research) Do the math on that on you will quickly see the benefit of the investment. If your home is worth $250,000 and you spend $5,000 on a new entry way – 2% of the homes value – and you instantly increase the value of the home by 5% or $12,500, you come out way ahead, especially considering that no other home improvement projects offer a return anywhere close to that.
There is no reason to worry about the safety, security or privacy of your home when you install new decorative glass entry doors, regardless of the amount of glass in the door. Take a minute to look at some of the before and after pictures of homes that have done a door retro fit in the Heckard’s Door Gallery to get some ideas and inspiration.