As you design or shop for your new wood entry door, you may be surprised by the vast number of glass options and layouts available on the market. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed, you are not alone. Most homeowners are surprised to see how many ways they can customize their wood front door based on glass types, inserted wrought iron, and window layouts.

Below, we simplify entry door glass options so you can feel more excited about the endless possible combinations for your wood exterior door. Once you understand the basics, you’ll be dreaming up all the ways you can elevate your entryway and incorporate your personal style in your space using glass.

Types of Entry Door Glass

When you think of glass, the first thing that likely comes to mind is basic, clear, and non-textured glass. However, there are many other types of glass that can add elegance, character, patterns, and privacy to your front door.

Glass types such as water, seeded, taffeta, and delta clear are suitable if you are not concerned about a high level of privacy in your entryway. These glass inserts will be almost fully transparent. On the other hand, glass varieties like ice acid etch, pinhead, reeded, and Chinchilla create semi-transparency to obscure views inside and out.

Note that some patterned glass may be tempered, which increases durability, safety, and security, so be sure to ask your front door supplier about their available options.

Inserted Wrought Iron in Entry Door Glass

When selecting custom glass, you also have the option to incorporate a stylish and elegant inserted wrought iron design. Wrought iron inserts are decorative iron grills sealed between two layers of tempered glass. They are a creative way to add your own flair or significantly elevate your wood door.

While the outer layer of your glass will always need to be clear to showcase your insert, you can opt to use textured or patterned glass on the inner layer for added privacy or customization.

Choosing Glass Layouts for Traditional Entry Doors

Traditional front doors are prized for their elegance and timeless appeal. The conventional style often includes solid doors with grooved accents and character but can accommodate windows in various layouts.

Traditional door glass configurations typically include layouts such as:

  • Half view door glass
  • Half-round top door glass
  • Sunburst top door glass
  • ¾ view door glass
  • Full door glass
  • Transom windows
  • Sidelight windows
  • …and more!

Your unique home and style preferences will ultimately inform which window layouts will work best for you and your home or office space.

Choosing Glass Layouts for Modern Entry Doors

Modern style entry doors often feature clean lines and make a statement with their simple yet striking impact. Typically, unique or trendy window placement is a key component of a modern entryway.

The window placement for your modern front door may be one of a kind with mix and match styles and layouts, or you can choose more common window options. For example, opt for narrow, horizontal windows cascading down the front door to let in light while maintaining your entryway privacy. Alternatively, incorporate a lengthy, vertical window complemented by a long door handle pull in frosted or patterned glass.

Regardless of the layout you choose, thinking through all the potential glass options can help take the design of your wood entry door to the next level.

Create Your Custom Entry Door with Master Doors

At Master Doors, we offer high-quality exterior wood doors in standard and custom designs. Choose a door from our large selection or design your own. Our team of experts is happy to help you select your perfect glass type, wrought iron insert, and window layout. Contact the Master Doors Canada design team online or give us a call at (905) 597-9011 to get started.