An all-glass door gives a room a very special ambience, because glass ensures an open and bright effect. At the same time, every room looks more spacious. The different models allow a glass door to be optimally tailored to individual needs and the desired effect. However, there are some details to consider when choosing the right door - read here what is important.
The safety of glass doors
There is no increased risk of injury for room doors that are made entirely of glass. All models are made of safety glass. The manufacturers change the tension in the glass plate by means of a special thermal treatment. The material therefore withstands higher loads from impacts, blows or bending and breaks into small, blunt glass pieces when destroyed. Glass doors can be used safely in households with small children or with pets.
Glass Door Hardware
Glass doors can be custom made just like any other door for your home. However it is important to remember that glass doors have a considerable weight to them. As a rule of thumb, you can count on 20 kilograms per square meter of door area. The glass door hinge must be able to carry a correspondingly high weight, this also applies to the door frame. For doors over approx. 90 centi meters wide, the door frames should be reinforced in the area of the door hinges. Therefore, it make sense to buy the glass door with frame and matching hinges. It is important that you measure accurately. A glass door cannot be shortened afterwards, as the safety glass would shatter.
Glass doors - from clear glass to designs
Glass doors are available in many different designs. The doors separate different rooms without taking away the spaciousness or the light from the living rooms. They offer noise and privacy protection and help to reduce heating costs. Glass doors are extremely robust and easy to maintain. All glass doors are available in clear glass, frosted glass with or without a pattern, with screen printing and milled or ground.
Technology is pushing our world forward on all fronts. Your windows and doors are no exception. The smart door of tomorrow offers you many options from ease of entry to comfort and security. Keyless is the key here.
Nuki Smart Lock
The Nuki Smart Lock is mounted on the inside of your existing door lock and ready to be used within 3 minutes without any further assistance. No screws, no drills. It automatically unlocks your door when you get home and securely locks it again when you leave. All with the ease of your smart phone. You can monitor its activity and share codes with anyone you’d like to give access to.
This keyless system works similar to modern home safes and garage door openers by using a code that is entered with a keypad. The newest models can be installed right into the door or frame, making it flush with the surface. The backlit glass touchpad won’t wear off and is easy to clean.
The finger print scan has enjoyed great success in the mobile device industry now for several years and is now finding its way into other products. It is now an option for entrance doors, garage doors and even your home security system. Still not sure if this is the right option for your home? One questions that clients often ask is: Will it work in colder temperatures? Yes, absolutely. The weather does not have an impact on the system, just make sure your fingers are dry and it will be able to read it properly. Unlike in many Hollywood movies, you can not use a dead finger or a finger printer that has been lifted from another object to open the door. The modern finger print scan for your entrance door uses “ living “ features deep within your skin to create seven different pictures to compare against. You have better chance winning the lottery than to fool this system.
- No more keys when working around the house or going for a jog
- Provide visitors, staff or sitter with unique code
- Program up to 99 codes or finger prints
- Delete code or finger print if no longer needed
- No more locking out as you always have a code or your finger with you
- Highest level of security
- No more lost or stolen keys
- Control your door via your smart phone
- Connect to your home smart system ( Alexa, Google Assist )
In case of power outage
In case of a power outage some of the systems can still hold uninterrupted power inside the unit for several hours for emergency entry. The system will not automatically unlock the door without access to power and can still be opened with a regular key if necessary.
This is a question we are asked often in our business. Which is why we decided to write down the difference these two materials and with that hopefully help you make the right decision for your home.
Over the years the reputation of PVC Windows has suffered a lot. This is due to the fact that manufacturers used as little material as possible to keep the costs down, which in turn made for very unreliable windows. To combat the short lifespan and host of other issues these windows brought with them manufacturers decided to reinvent themselves. First they had to switch over to uPVC a better alternative material. The biggest difference between the two materials is that uPV is unplasticized which makes it more rigid and non-toxic. A few other benefits of uPVC include :
Several manufacturers, specifically in the European Tilt-and-Turn window technology decided to add steel reinforcements to their window frames and sashes. This adds more stability to the frame, allowing the manufacturer to build bigger windows without running into problems of warping or bending. Another benefit of these reinforcements is that they add a layer of security, making it much harder for burglars to pry or drill a window open. Not only is uPVC now being used in windows alone, but it has also found its way into Lift-and-slide patio doors, roller shutters and entrance doors. However it does still pose limitation to certain sizes. That’s where aluminum comes in.
This material is strong, lightweight and durable. Aluminum is great for extra large openings in windows, Lift-and-slide patio doors and entrance doors. However aluminum is also a much better conductor of energy, which means it attracts both cold and heat a lot more. Many manufacturers use aluminum therefore only for commercial spaces where this fact is not important. But there is a new style of aluminum windows and doors that has entered the market which has resolved this issue for residential homes. These new type of aluminum frames are thermally divided into two parts with a vinyl insert between them. Since vinyl is a bad conductor this helps keep the energy apart from the inside and outside. Some manufacturers have even gone as far as injecting the vinyl mold with foam to add another layer of protection and thus helping in keeping the u-Value in windows and doors low. Other benefits of aluminum include:
For many years aluminum frames used to be only available in an anodized finished that looked very industrial. But innovation and development over the last ten years has introduced a few new finishes for this material. Once in particular very popular is a powder coat finish. Not only does this finish look great, it also protects the aluminum, thus leaving it looking good for many more years. The powder coat finish also opens the option of different unique finishes either in a smooth or rougher surface as well as a real wood look.
As you can see from this article both materials have much to offer. In the end it is really up to the home owner what makes sense to them personally. There is a price difference between uPVC and aluminium also, with aluminum being on the higher end. Then there is also the fact of sizing which is limited when it comes to uPVC. But all in all both materials are great to use for your windows and doors and you will enjoy either of them for many years to come.