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Can You Replace Glass in Composite Doors

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Can You Replace Glass in Composite Doors?

Katy Robinson
Written by Katy Robinson
Updated on 22nd April 2024
Posted on 27th February 2024

Replacing Glass in a Composite Door

Using glass in a composite door is popular because it adds a personal touch to your home. There are different colours and patterns to choose from.

Composite Front Door Glass

But what happens if your glass breaks? This blog reviews all the options to see what you can do.

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Why Composite Doors Use Glass?

Door glass can look great; it is a popular design feature on external composite doors because it allows light into the house. 

Additionally, a range of design options improve your home design and give you the aesthetic you want. 

Types of Glass

Laminate

Laminated door glass is more robust than single-glazed; this is a good idea for a composite door because it might slam, or if an intruder tries to get in, it adds a layer of safety. 

When laminate glass shatters, it's not like regular glass, but the broken glass remains in the frame. 

Triple Glazed

This is the gold standard for choosing the type of door glass you want for your composite door. 

Triple-glazed windows comprise three layers of glass, making them very difficult to break. We're talking about homes that have blown away, and the glass in the door is still intact. 

It's possible to break but by something extreme like a bullet. If a burglar had a hammer, they'd be hitting the glazed areas for a long time.  

Triple-glazed windows can be pricy, but you won't find a better fit if you want to ensure safety, reduce noise pollution, and insulate heat, which can prevent condensation on windows.

Glass Patterns

There are six glass patterns available when you order from Value Doors.

  • Cotswold (5)
  • Satin (5)
  • Minister (2)
  • Stippolyte (4)
  • Contora (4)
  • Everglade (5)
  • Autumn (3)

The numbers refer to the level of privacy you'll get from each pattern. Level one has no privacy, and level five offers high privacy. 

All these patterns come in a range of thicknesses. 

Designs

Picking a design for your glass unit is a great way to add to the overall look of your composite door. 

Some popular options include stained glass, Georgian bars, obscure glass, and leaded glass. They come in a variety of colour and pattern designs.

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What to Look For

Finding the right glass is essential when finding the right fit for your composite door. If you decide to use glass, consider what you want to achieve.

If you want privacy and safety, a level five glass pattern with a laminated or glazed finish is a good option. 

Or do you want to remove external noise without compromising your glass design? Sound insulation is a significant consideration. 

Wherever the noise comes from will determine our recommendations for your window needs based on decibels. 

Can It Be Replaced?

The unfortunate part of using triple-glazed or lamented windows is that fitting them into place requires beading, which holds the glass in place. 

Your window will have unique beading, making it very difficult to replace. While it's not impossible, most companies recommend redoing the door to ensure your new glass remains in place. 

So, yes, you can replace the glass in your composite door, but it's difficult and time-consuming. Removing the broken glass without damaging the bead is hard, even for a trained professional.  

We wouldn't recommend trying to replace glass in a composite door with a putty knife because it's not safe, and secondly, you can cause more damage, making it irreparable. 

That's why it's better to spend more money upfront to ensure you get the best possible glass unit for your door because if it breaks, it can be a massive problem.

FAQ

Can you replace the glass in a composite door?

Technically, yes, but it's a complicated process that requires a lot of time and an experienced professional.

What is the best glass for a composite door?

Your best bet is to go for triple-glazed or laminated glass panels to ensure safety and durability.

You can look up the cost of double-glazing or triple-glazing beforehand so you have an idea of what the price might end up being.

Anthracite Grey Composite Door with Glass

Is laminated or triple-glazed glass better? 

It's tough, but triple-glazed wins this race because of its strength and noise-cancelling features. It's also more environmentally friendly and will trap the heat better.

Wrap Up

Finding the right glass for your composite door might take some time and effort, but in the end, it is all worth it. 

Replacing it is nearly impossible if your glass breaks or shatters (very unlikely). It is best to speak with a professional to find out if getting a new door is better. 

Want to know more? Check out our Value Doors blog for many more articles like this one!

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Written by
Katy Robinson
Katy Robinson Operations Team Leader
Posted on: 27th February 2024
Topic: Advice

Katy Robinson is an accomplished Operations Team Leader with a proven track record of driving efficiency, productivity, and excellence in operations management. With a strong background in leadership and a passion for process optimisation, Katy excels in guiding teams to achieve their goals and exceed expectations.

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