Glass doors are a modern and popular element of interior design. The doors particularly favor an open and bright style of living. Glass doors come in many variants and different types of glass, installed in almost all living areas. Depending on the needs, they mainly convey brightness, enlarge the room’s appearance, or function as an eye-catcher in the living environment. Frosted glass doors, which can be used universally with their matte glass surface, are considered classics.
Advantages of glass doors:
- Transparency between the rooms
- Modern and open living concept
- Separation of smells and noises
What types of glass doors are there?
- Ornament glass doors
- Matte satin glass doors
- Colored glass doors
- Glass doors with photo patterns
- Grooved glass doors
- Glass doors with applications
- Fused glass doors
- Laminated glass doors
Ornament glass doors
Ornament glass doors are the classics of traditional glass production and have been used for generations. They are not transparent due to their structural surface, so they are translucent.
The ornaments in the glass are applied to the glass using various manufacturing processes and printing techniques or created with the help of shaping rollers. Depending on the type of roller, different embossing shapes can be made on the glass surface, which causes light scattering. Accordingly, ornamental glass doors are used wherever light is transported, but a clear view is not desired, such as in bathrooms or as a privacy screen in offices.
Matte satin glass doors
Patterns are drawn into the glass surface using the sandblasting technique and the most refined sand grains and high pressure. The sandblasting removes the surface of the glass, thus creating the desired matte surface on the frosted glass door. The covered surface remains transparent with this method. In this way, various filigree patterns and light reflections can be created, and three-dimensional designs or patterns with colored decorations.
Screen printing design
Another way of finishing glass doors is screen printing. In this process, the pattern is coated on the glass surface with ceramic paints by a sieve and burned in. The colors are colored glass dust that adheres firmly to the glass surface during its hardening process.
The modern craft of glass doors: Digital print
The digital print craft is a ceramic digital printing method in which a pattern is printed directly onto the glass surface with paint in a similar satin shade and later burned in. The pattern fuses with the glass so that it is permanently protected. The glass surface is sealed and smooth at the end of the printing process.
The process is also suitable for printing particular filigree patterns with unique gradients. Therefore, a realistic representation of photos is possible.
Colored glass doors
Glass doors can be decorated with desired colors in the printing process. Parlun uses digital printing to print various RAL colors on the glass door. It is also possible to combine colored with matte patterns.
Glass doors with photo patterns
Glass doors with photo patterns are particularly modern and personalized. Almost any digitally available pattern can be brought to the door in convincing color brilliance. Ceramic photo digital printing enables large-format images to be broken down and printed into individual images, so that entire all-glass systems can be designed as desired.
Grooved glass doors
Grinding and polishing grooves in glass is an exquisite glass finishing technique. The shape depends on the size and profile of the grinding wheel. Depending on the tool, the groove width can be varied between 6 and 10 mm. V-grooves, C-grooves, or off-center grooves (either matte or polished) can be produced. Light refraction achieves excellent effect in the resulting filigree engraving of the grooved cut glass door.
Glass doors with applications
The frosted glass and elaborate applications give glass doors a separate touch. Different applications can be, for example, Swarovski stones or noble shapes made of melted glass trimmings. It gives all-glass doors with a smooth surface a unique feel.
Fused glass doors
In manufacturing fused glass doors, the handcrafted glass is melted in a furnace at around 800°C. With so-called structural fusing, the glass takes on the shapes specified in the substrate. Thanks to the craftsmanship of the glass artist, each glass door is unique.
Another type of glass melting is the melting of different colored glasses (whole pieces of glass or finely ground glass powder), which impresses their luminosity due to their production method.
Laminated glass doors
In the case of laminated glass doors, the door leaf is made of two ESG glasses connected by an intermediate film. Laminated glass doors increase sound insulation and serve to prevent injuries and burglary. Although the glass may shatter, it is held together by the film and thus makes it difficult to penetrate the glass.