Exterior Door Trends for 2021

Glass Inserts

Natural light has become more important than ever for many homeowners, and there are a few reasons why you should consider glass as one of the main front door trends for 2021. On top of adding some personal style to the exterior of your home, glass enables you to brighten up your entry without sacrificing privacy.

Choosing the right glass door inserts for your home can have a big impact on your curb appeal, as well as the level of security and privacy that you will have inside your home. There are many different designs to choose from as well as shapes and sizes that can help you achieve specific styles that add to the overall look of both your interior and exterior decor. Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on a door glass insert:

Different Designs

Clear Glass – Used to achieve the maximum amount of sunlight through exterior door glass inserts.

Decorative – Popular for enhancing curb appeal and suiting a specific style.

Textured – Great for privacy, textured glass isn’t easy to see through but still allows light to enter your home.

Beveled Glass – Refracts sunlight to create stunning colors that stream in through the glass. It can be used in decorative glass or on its own.

Blinds Between Glass – Eliminating the need for additional hardware or cords, these glass door inserts feature built-in blinds between two panes of glass and have simple functionality to offer privacy and shade without hassle.

Different Sizes

To determine the right size of glass insert, you will need to consult the size of your door to see what will actually fit. Standard 36” x 80” exterior doors will have the most options, while smaller doors may limit the glass inserts that will fit.

1/2 Light – The glass insert covers the top half of the door. This is a very common option for front door glass.

3/4 Light – Glass accounts for 75% of the door’s surface, with the bottom portion often featuring typical door panels.

Full Light – Besides a border around the door, the glass insert fills the full space from top to bottom.

Top Light – Allowing just a sliver of light to enter, these glass inserts are small and located along the top of the door above head height.

Half Round – Similar to a standard 1/2 light, but the insert is rounded at the top to suit a specific style.

Sunburst – A half moon shape insert located in the top portion of the door.

Additional Considerations

Besides the design and size of your exterior door glass inserts, you should also consider how security, privacy, and energy efficiency will be impacted.  Be sure that the glass door inserts you choose will not leave you on display or invite intruders.  Remember that too much glass can increase your heating and cooling costs as your HVAC system battles the sun and cold weather to maintain a comfortable interior temperature.