Front doors with glass inserts: advice for the new, modern front door

  • What materials are used for front doors? The most popular are front doors made of plastic, glass and aluminum, although several materials are often used together, for example aluminum doors with glass inserts.
  • What costs should be taken into account for a front door? The price of the front door depends on the material and features, although there are hardly any upper limits. On average, you should expect to spend between €3,000 and €5,000 if you want to install a high-quality front door.
  • Should you use safety glass for front doors? To prevent break-ins and for your own safety, you should use laminated safety glass for front doors with glass inserts. Classes PB6 to PB8 are considered particularly safe.

white entrance door with glass insert

The front door can attractively represent your home with a great design. In addition, high-quality, robust doors with special features ensure increased security in your home and can prevent break-ins with safety glass and locks. Find out in our guide, What are the most popular materials for front doors, what prices you can expect depending on the material and what resistance classes of doors are all about.

1. Modern houses primarily work with glass, plastic and aluminum

Old buildings are known for their solid wooden doors, which exude a special charm and at the same time score points with stability and a high level of sound and heat insulation. However, wooden front doors are also maintenance-intensive and are rarely seen in new buildings these days. Front doors made of plastic, aluminum or glass are more popular in modern-style houses or with glass inserts. Steel and concrete doors are also popular, especially because of their robustness.

Aluminum front doors with glass inserts not only look particularly stylish, they are also easy to clean, weather-resistant and impress with excellent thermal insulation and very good sound insulation. Cheap, high quality and long lasting Aluminum front doors with glass You can often find European products that are intended for the German market and comply with local standards.

When choosing your front door, you should pay particular attention to the following criteria:

  • stability
  • Weather resistance
  • longevity
  • Heat and sound insulation
  • Security

2. Front doors with glass inserts: How expensive are modern models?

The material of the front door has a significant influence on its purchase price. It is advisable not to go for the cheapest door, as front doors made of steel or aluminum may be more expensive, but they offer better insulation properties, longevity and stability – and your front door should not be lacking in these.

In the following table you will find an overview of approximate price ranges for front doors made of plastic, aluminum, wood and glass as well as important properties of the material types.

Front door type Price
Plastic front door
  • 400 to 2000 €
  • easy-care
  • less robust and durable
Steel front door
  • 1000 to 3000 €
  • low-maintenance and weather-resistant
  • high resistance
Aluminum front door
  • 1500 to 5000 €
  • low-maintenance and long-lasting
  • high weather resistance
Wooden front door
  • 1000 to 6000 €
  • more maintenance intensive
  • good sound and heat insulation
Glass front door
  • 2400 to 5000 €
  • particularly elegant look
  • Resistance depends on the type of glass

Combined materials, e.g. B. wooden doors or aluminum doors, which also have glass elements installed as side panels or skylights, can be slightly higher than the average price, but they significantly enhance the look of your front door and ensure a harmonious incidence of light in the entrance area.

Even if a plastic door can be attractive in terms of price, you should note that compromises usually have to be made in terms of robustness and longevity. Front doors made of steel, aluminum and wood, on the other hand, offer greater durability and weather resistance. For glass front doors or doors with glass inserts, it is important that safety glass was used so that the front door can withstand unwanted external influences.

The type of lock can also increase the price of your front door. But since you shouldn’t compromise on security, It is advisable to use a secure level 3 locking cylinder. However, on most front doors you can have this replaced relatively easily afterwards.

open front door with glass insert and children running in

If you want a bright, light-filled hallway in your home, choose a front door with glass inserts.

3. How safe are front doors with glass inserts?

Prevent break-ins with a high resistance class

On average, burglars only need a few minutes, perhaps even seconds, to break down the front door. If the door does not give way after 3 to 4 minutes, the break-in attempt is usually abandoned because the risk of the thieves being caught is too high. If you go by these average values, you should choose models with resistance class 3 for front doors, as these can withstand tools such as screwdrivers, pliers, etc. for up to 5 minutes.

Front doors can be divided into so-called resistance classes, which assess how long an attempted break-in would take before the door gives way. Of course, the type of lock and other burglary-resistant components also play an important role. The resistance classes are divided into RC 1N to RC 6, with RC 1N offering the lowest burglary resistance and RC 6 offering the greatest resistance.

If you have a front door with a glass insert, you should make sure that it is safety glass. Such models, which belong to resistance class RC2, must be equipped with at least class P4A laminated safety glass, which means that the glass is impact-resistant and therefore cannot be broken through if a hard object hits it. However, this glass does not offer complete protection against breaking. Breakthrough-resistant laminated safety glasses are those in classes PB6 to PB8. You can delay the breakthrough for a particularly long time due to external influences.

Once you have decided on a model, you now have to install it. Important tips and tricks that can help you can be found here.

white front door with glass insert

With a high-quality front door, your home is protected against break-ins and damage.

Image credits: stock.adobe.com/Wilm Ihlenfeld, stock.adobe.com/Monkey Business, stock.adobe.com/MATTHIAS BUEHNER (sorted chronologically or according to the order of the images used in the buying guide)