What are glass door inserts?

Fiberglass exterior doors with decorative glass inserts

Glass door inserts are only made for fiberglass exterior doors. Plastpro fiberglass doors are high-quality, rot-resistant doors for hinged doors and are therefore a good choice for cost-effective home improvements. Interior doors are manufactured differently and glass is built into the door during production. The outer doors are injected with polyurethane and are solid, not hollow, and have various decorative profiles. These profiles give the doors 2-8 recessed panels for customers who prefer a solid choice.

The inserts are inserted into the door after manufacture and are usually paired with solid flat doors without molded panels. As a result, the insert frame fits snugly to the board. The manufacturer usually cuts a custom hole for glass in standard sizes for today’s insert sizes.

Exterior glazed doors made of fiberglass

Fiberglass exterior doors may be made to receive removable glass inserts or to have non-removable glazed glass panels. The difference is that glazed glass panels are made as a glass unit, which is then sealed in the door during production and is not removable, which in our opinion is not a good feature.

The removable option is recommended for many reasons:

1. Selection. Wide selection. You can order clean or textured, decorative or smooth! Aligned glazing is usually only clean and smooth.

2. Possibilities of hurricane impact. Glazed fiberglass doors with glass are not impact resistant. Removable inserts are standard tempered or hurricane impact. Therefore, to be prepared for a storm, it is recommended to etch the glass on removable inserts, which are available in the event of a hurricane impact.

3. Cost effective. If the glass breaks, it can be replaced without the need to replace the door. Decorative removable glass door inserts are 1 ″ thick and provide better insulation with increased air space. Glazed doors are only offered in 1/2 ″.

How are the inserts secured in the door?

The frame for glass door inserts holds the glass in the door with an overlap of 1/2 “over the entire area of ​​the cut-out, where the insert fits into the door. This is the main difference between glass door inserts and glass-fiber-reinforced glass doors in the plane.

The frames adapt to the thickness of the glass and hold the glass in the frame at the same time as holding the glass in the door. The inserts are either a sealed insulated unit with a total glass thickness of 1 “or 1/2”. The 1/2 “thickness is only found on standard units made of tempered clear door glass. All decorative, textured or mini-blinds have a total thickness of 1”.

Standard hardened frames have a pressure-sensitive aggressive adhesive that is applied at the factory to the perimeter that holds the frame to the glass and the glass to the door. This also prevents water from penetrating.

Hurricane impact glass door inserts are extremely strong to achieve a hurricane impact rating for approved glass doors. They must also be able to support the additional weight of the impactor. The similarity is in the overall thickness of the glass “1”. The frames are screwed with dowels to cover the screw holes. In addition, they have an aggressive adhesive applied at the factory, which holds the glass on the frame and the frame on the door.

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