Glass & Door FAQ's
Q: Can I add glass to my existing door?
A: Yes! Almost all doors, whether it is wood, fiberglass, or steel, can be cut out to have a glass insert added. If your door has raised panels on it, the overall width and height of the panels will determine what size insert you need.
Q: What are the advantages of having decorative glass in my door over a solid door?
A: Many people add glass to their door for the additional light. It can really open up the entryway to your home. It is also one of the very few things you will do to your home that you can enjoy from the outside AND the inside of your home. Many clients only think about the additional street appeal ... however you normallly spend most of your time inside your house and a beautiful decorative glass will become a huge focal point for your interior design!
Q: What is the difference between a "Standard" insert and a "Custom" insert?
A: We have over 150 "Standard" designs to choose from. These are pre-manufactured to the standard insert sizes. You cannot change any of the options (glass choices or caming color), however they will be at a lower price point than the custom inserts. We also specialize in making anything custom that you want! You can take a standard design and change the size, caming color, privacy, etc. or we can design something completly unique for you!
Q: What if I want light AND privacy?
A: We have a very large selection of inserts to choose from. Many of them are very private and will still allow the same amount of light through compared to clear glass.
Q: Do I have to purchase Hurricane Impact Glass?
A: If you are adding glass to your existing door, you have the choice of doing the standard tempered glass or hurricane impact glass. The standard tempered glass will cost less than impact glass, however we recommend having some type of protection in case of a storm. We do also offer an inexpensive shutter system called DoorShield that slides over the door in the event of a storm and does not require any pre-drilling.
Q: What if my door is not in the best condition?
A: Many times a door that may not be aesthetically pleasing will actually be structurally sound for cutting out and adding an insert. With the new glass and a fresh coat of paint, the door may look brand new, without the cost of a new door. That being said, we are a one-stop shop and have the capability of replacing the door slabs or the entire door unit including jambs depending on what you need. We have a huge selection of door options as well as glass options. Our well-trained installers are very knowledgable and will advise you on the best option based on your needs.
Q: How long does it take to cut my door out and add glass?
A: If we are adding an insert to your door, the installation will usually take about an hour per door (and 1/2 hour for a sidelight). Your doors will be taken off the hinges and cutout right on site. In a very short time your doors will be completely transformed!
Q: Are your installations subcontracted out?
A: NO! We believe in a very high standard of quality when it comes to our product and installations. We have very experienced, well trained, installers that work only for Glass Design.
Q: Can you remove my existing framed shower enclosure and install a new frameless enclosure?
A: Yes! This is a great way to update your bathroom with much less cost than a full remodel. We will install the new frameless glass in the same place that the old glass was to cover the holes left after removal.
Q: What kind of glass & design options do I have for a frameless shower?
A: We have a very large selection of glass and hardware options. You can choose between 3/8" or 1/2" thick glass as well as if you would like to use one of our decorative textured glasses or have us do an etched design on the glass. We welcome you to our showroom to see our full selection of options.
Q: Can I get an estimate on a shower enclosure before having someone come out to measure?
A: Yes! Please give us a call with the rough sizes and layout of your shower and we can email you back a nice CAD drawing that shows the details and the estimated price!