Front doors with glass insert: Advice on the new, modern front door

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  • Which materials are used for house doors? The most popular are house doors made of plastic, glass and aluminum, whereby several materials are often used together, for example aluminum doors with a glass insert.
  • What costs should be taken into account for a front door? The price of the front door depends on the material and equipment, although there are hardly any upper limits. On average, however, you should expect costs of € 3,000 to € 5,000 if you want to install a high-quality front door.
  • Should security glass be used for house doors? To prevent break-ins and for your own safety, you should use laminated safety glass for house doors with glass inserts. Classes PB6 to PB8 are considered particularly safe.

white entrance door with glass insert

The front door can represent your home attractively with a great design. In addition, high-quality, robust doors with special equipment ensure increased security in the home and can prevent break-ins with safety glass and lock. Find out in our guide, what the most popular materials for house doors are, what prices you can expect depending on the material and what resistance classes of doors are all about.

1. Modern houses mainly work with glass, plastic and aluminum

Old buildings are known for their solid wooden doors, which exude a special charm and at the same time score points with stability and high sound and heat insulation. House doors made of wood, however, require a lot of maintenance and these days they can hardly be seen in new buildings. House doors made of plastic, aluminum or glass are more popular for houses in a modern style or with glass inserts. Steel and concrete doors are also popular, primarily because of their robustness.

Aluminum house doors with glass inserts not only look particularly chic, they are also easy to care for, weather-resistant and convince with excellent thermal insulation and very good soundproofing. Cheap, high quality and durable Aluminum front doors with glass You can often find them from European production, which are intended for the German market and comply with local standards.

When choosing your front door, the main focus should be on the following criteria:

  • stability
  • Weather resistance
  • longevity
  • Thermal and sound insulation
  • safety

2. Front doors with glass insert: How expensive are modern models?

The material of the front door has a significant impact on your purchase price. It is advisable not to use the cheapest door as front doors made of steel or aluminum are possibly more expensive, but can convince with better properties in terms of insulation, durability and stability – and your front door shouldn’t lack these.

In the following table you will find an overview with approximate price ranges for house doors made of plastic, aluminum, wood and glass as well as important properties of the material types.

Front door type price
Plastic front door
  • € 400 to € 2000
  • easy-care
  • less robust and durable
Steel front door
  • 1000 to 3000 €
  • Low-maintenance and weather-resistant
  • high resistance
Aluminum front door
  • 1500 to 5000 €
  • low-maintenance and durable
  • high weather resistance
Wooden front door
  • 1000 to 6000 €
  • more maintenance-intensive
  • good sound and heat insulation
Glass house door
  • 2400 to 5000 €
  • particularly elegant look
  • Resistance depends on the type of glass

Combined materials, e.g. B. wooden doors or aluminum doors in which additional glass elements are installed as side parts or skylights, can be slightly above the average price, but enhance the look of your front door significantly and ensure a harmonious incidence of light in the entrance area.

Even if a plastic door can be attractively priced, you should note that compromises usually have to be made here in terms of robustness and longevity. House doors made of steel, aluminum and wood, on the other hand, offer greater resistance and weather resistance. In the case of glass house doors or doors with glass inserts, it is important that safety glass has been used so that the house door can withstand unwanted external influences.

The type of lock can also increase the price of your front door. But since you shouldn’t compromise on security, it is advisable to use a secure level 3 lock cylinder. In most house doors, however, you can have this replaced relatively easily at a later date.

open front door with glass insert and children walking in

If you want a bright, light-flooded hallway in your home, choose a front door with glass inserts.

3. How safe are house doors with glass inserts?

Prevent burglaries with a high resistance class

On average, burglars only need a few minutes, possibly even seconds, to break open the front door. If the door does not give in after 3 to 4 minutes, the attempted break-in is usually canceled because the thieves are at too high a risk of being caught. If you go according to these average values, you should use models with resistance class 3 for house doors, as these tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, etc. can withstand up to 5 minutes.

House doors can be divided into so-called resistance classes, which is used to assess how long an attempted break-in would take before the door gives way. Of course, the type of lock and other burglar-resistant components also play an important role. The resistance classes are divided into RC 1N to RC 6, with RC 1N offering the lowest burglar resistance and RC 6 offering the greatest resistance.

In the case of house doors with a glass insert, you should make sure that it is safety glass. Such models that belong to resistance class RC2 must at least be equipped with laminated safety glass of class P4A, which means that the glass is impact-resistant and therefore cannot be broken through if a hard object hits it. However, this glass does not offer full protection against breakage either. Break-through-resistant laminated safety glasses are those of classes PB6 to PB8. You can delay the breakthrough for a particularly long time through outside influence.

Once you have decided on a model, you now have to install it. Important tips and tricks that can help you can be found here.

white front door with glass insert

With a high-quality front door, your home is protected against break-ins and damage.

Photo credits: stock.adobe.com/Wilm Ihlenfeld, stock.adobe.com/Monkey Business, stock.adobe.com/MATTHIAS BUEHNER (sorted chronologically or according to the order of the images used in the buying guide)


Steve

Passionate about DIY for over 10 years and all the new tools, I give you through this blog all my advice, tips, tests in all areas: carpentry, electricity, masonry, gardening, home automation ...

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