How Do I Choose the Best Glass Security Door? (with picture)

Autumn Rivers
Autumn Rivers
When made properly and of special materials, glass doors can be secure, even bullet and shatter proof, to prevent intruders.
When made properly and of special materials, glass doors can be secure, even bullet and shatter proof, to prevent intruders.

Choosing the best glass security door involves considering a few details to ensure that the product you choose works well for your home or business. For example, you should make sure the glass is as strong as you need it to be, especially if you have any reason to believe you need protection from bullets. While the durability of the door is important, you may want to look for a product that also looks nice, because there are a lot of options when it comes to glass door designs. In addition, you likely will want to make sure the door fits the desired door frame — to avoid having to build a new one — and then consider whether you can install it on your own or will need to pay a professional.

The most important feature of a glass security door is that it is durable enough to keep intruders out, whether they try to smash the glass or kick in the door. Some of the strongest glass doors include a few sheets of glass, with a tough material between them so the glass does not simply shatter when hit. Instead, it sticks to the tougher material in the door so entry to the home or business is not provided. If you have reason to believe you need bulletproof glass to stay safe, then you should look for a glass security door that specifically mentions its resistance to bullets, because not all security doors offer this feature.

A glass security door does not have to be plain or unattractive, and there generally are enough options on the market to make it possible to get a door that complements the building on which it will be used. You often can find a security door that is made of more than just glass, because many also feature metal or wood intertwined. Such doors typically offer your choice of metals. If you prefer to get a door with little more than glass, then you can ensure that it matches both the surrounding decor and your preferences by choosing a door with beveled, textured or stained glass. These allow you to get creative while still keeping the space safe from intruders.

As you browse for a glass security door, you should keep in mind how installation will go, because some doors are easier to install than others. You should look for a door that is the right size for the door frame, so you don't also need to redo the door frame to accommodate the door. You also may find it helpful to determine whether the glass security door you are considering comes with a kit that has everything you need for installation. This may include the hinges, latches and other hardware necessary to properly install the door. If you doubt you can do it correctly, you may want to consider hiring a professional to install your glass security door, because installing it incorrectly can compromise the strength of the product, minimizing the safety features of your safety door.

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    • When made properly and of special materials, glass doors can be secure, even bullet and shatter proof, to prevent intruders.
      When made properly and of special materials, glass doors can be secure, even bullet and shatter proof, to prevent intruders.