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Front Entry Door recommendation

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Front Entry Door recommendation

Hello
I am getting rid of my old solid wood entry door (single model) & debating between clear glass & frosted glass model.
can you please let me know your thoughts on this which one is better? my front entrance is not directly facing the door but of course still privacy is important.
My main requirement is to get as much lighting as possible.
So do you suggest clear glass & then put a sheet/coating inside to block visibility? Will this really give privacy i mean is it as good as having frosted one?
any ideas/recommendations much appreciated please.
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nowhere2010 wrote: Hello
I am getting rid of my old solid wood entry door (single model) & debating between clear glass & frosted glass model.
can you please let me know your thoughts on this which one is better? my front entrance is not directly facing the door but of course still privacy is important.
My main requirement is to get as much lighting as possible.
So do you suggest clear glass & then put a sheet/coating inside to block visibility? Will this really give privacy i mean is it as good as having frosted one?
any ideas/recommendations much appreciated please.
If your going to cover the clear glass with a film, might as well get frosted glass.

We have full frosted glass, with iron design in between the outside and inside glass. Only the inside glass is frosted, it let's in plenty of light and complete privacy.

PS i hate the stick on film and just no to the old school curtains.
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We have the same as JonSnow. If we had clear like some of our neighbours, people can see almost my entire main floor from outside.
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Do they sell panels that you can replace the glass with or put over the glass panels?
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James Stonehenge wrote: Do they sell panels that you can replace the glass with or put over the glass panels?
If your door is in decent shape, you can replace your glass inserts if you like. Our were builder grade Pollard full clear glass when we bought our house. We replaced the glass inserts with the wrought iron we currently have and sold the Pollard inserts on Kijiji.
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nowhere2010 wrote: Hello
I am getting rid of my old solid wood entry door (single model) & debating between clear glass & frosted glass model.
can you please let me know your thoughts on this which one is better? my front entrance is not directly facing the door but of course still privacy is important.
My main requirement is to get as much lighting as possible.
So do you suggest clear glass & then put a sheet/coating inside to block visibility? Will this really give privacy i mean is it as good as having frosted one?
any ideas/recommendations much appreciated please.
Get frosted, especially if the sidelights are narrow. Narrow window dressing are difficult to find, and you'll end up hacking a DIY job which won't be as good as factory privacy. You don't need any window treatment with frosted glass for privacy because unless you go RIGHT up to the glass, objects are merely a blur, no shape, etc. You can see light (e.g., from a lit TV in a dark room). You'll probably have more light with frosted because it lets the light in, but if you had clear, you may want to cover is so people can't see you when approaching the door.
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This is RFD,

this would be the lowest cost way of achieving what you want

no point in ditching a fine solid wood entry door and incurring the cost of a replacement with accompanying cost of ripping out the old jambs, threshold, hardware, etc.

Unless of course the present door is not providing sufficient insulating properties or is otherwise not worth saving.

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