Why Choose Glass Doors?

Glass doors combine practicality with modern elegance, and glass is an ideal material for many reasons. If you’re looking to update the look of your establishment, installing glass doors is a great way to achieve this. 

3 Common Types of Commercial Glass

 When choosing glass for your commercial doors, you will need to take a few things into consideration, and determine which factors are most important to you, such as: 

  • Do your doors need to offer privacy or security? 

  • How thick and strong does your glass need to be? 

  • Are you looking to reduce your energy consumption and utility bills? 

  • Are you looking for an inexpensive option? 

Answering these questions will help you determine which type of glass will be best for your facility. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the most popular types of glass used for commercial doors. 

1. Tempered Glass 

Manufactured through a process of extreme heating and rapid cooling, tempered glass is one of the strongest glass options. It can even deflect blunt impacts without breaking, and is considered a safe option because if it does break, it won’t shatter into jagged pieces; instead, it will break into small, pebble-sized pieces. Choose tempered glass if the strength of the glass is a priority for you.

2. Laminated Glass 

Laminated glass is created by adhering two sheets of annealed or tempered glass together by a vinyl layer. If laminated glass breaks, the broken glass pieces remain within the pane, which makes it a good option for protection from storm damage and vandalism. It also reduces noise, due to its additional layers.

3. Obscured Glass

Obscured glass is any type of glass which allows light to come in, but can’t be clearly seen through. These types of glass are designed to increase privacy. There are two types of obscured glass, tinted and acid etched.

  a) Tinted Glass 

Tinted glass is a good option if privacy and security are priorities for you, as it limits the amount that someone can see inside. Since tinted glass limits the amount of sunlight that can get through, it can also help reduce energy costs. 

b) Acid Etched Glass

Acid etched glass is created by dipping one sheet of float glass into hydrofluoric acid, resulting in a rough texture which gives the glass a translucent finish, resembling frosted glass. 

Benefits of Glass Doors

Glass offers many benefits, making it a favored material for doors in many modern establishments. Here are a few reasons to choose glass. 


Glass doors make any space feel bigger and more open, and give it a more contemporary touch. ASSA ABLOY offers sliding glass doors, which are an elegant and practical design. Sliding glass doors are ideal if you are trying to optimize space, since you don’t need to allow extra room for a door to swing. 


Glass is one of the most sustainable building materials, and is 100% recyclable with no loss of quality. In addition, glass is durable, lasts a long time, and rarely needs to be updated. 


Glass lets in plenty of sunlight, which can help raise energy levels and improve productivity in a workplace. It also reduces energy costs by taking advantage of the natural warmth of the sun to heat buildings during the colder months.

 Less Sound Transmission

Some people would argue that glass doors don’t provide enough privacy, but thicker glass options, such as laminated or insulated glass, actually help buffer sound.

Easy to Maintain

Glass does not rust or corrode, and barely even collects dust, which makes it very easy to clean and maintain. To clean glass doors, all you need to do is wipe them down with a soft damp cloth to prevent dirt, debris, fingerprints, and more from building up on them. 


Glass doors send a message of transparency and encourage frequent communication in a workplace or establishment. They also make spaces feel more welcoming and approachable. 


Choosing glass allows you to adjust your door to fit your business's style and visual needs. You can further customize your glass doors by adding door pulls based on the style of your interior. 

Glass Door Hardware & Accessories 

ASSA ABLOY offers many door hardware and accessories which can serve as solutions for all glass doors. 

Door Rails - A door opens and closes more seamlessly with door rails. Rails can be made to fit a variety of door lengths and door thicknesses. They have a variety of fabrication options to create a customized solution to fit any glass door application. 

Patch Fittings - ASSA ABLOY provides glass patch fittings, which offer designers and architects a complete selection of products for most frameless glass configurations. With a maximum door weight of 300 lbs., our glass patch fitting design is manufactured to meet the industry standard and deliver the ultimate in strength and reliability.

Hinges - ASSA ABLOY offers door control solutions, including hydraulic hinges, which have an adjustable closing speed, constant braking control, and a hold-open between 90-180 degrees. An ADA option is also available.

Sliding Track Hardware - If you need a sliding door, then ASSA ABLOY’s collection of sliding track hardware will be useful to you. This hardware allows the door to slide effortlessly, and recovers the in-swing and out-swing space that is normally required for hinged doors.

Door Pulls - Match your building’s interior design by choosing from a wide selection of Rockwood door pulls.  Door pulls also offer several locking options. 

Mechanical Locking Hardware - We offer a variety of locks and deadbolts to secure your opening. A nice aesthetic option is the Locking Pull System. It integrates a contemporary post mount style door pull with a deadbolt locking system. Engineered for smooth attachment, the locking pull is manufactured to ensure strength and durability with clean and appealing lines.

View the full line of glass door hardware solutions here.

Get Glass Doors Today

Having read through this article, it's easy to see why glass doors are such a popular choice for businesses. From the environmental benefits to the increased productivity in the workplace, there are many reasons to switch to glass doors. 

You can choose from a variety of glass to find one that fits your needs, and pair it with your desired accessories. Contact an ASSA ABLOY consultant to help you determine what type of glass will best suit your needs, and which accessories will enhance your door's appearance and functionality.