All the questions you wanted to ask about entry doors

November 13, 2018


Many people know that your front door is the most important feature of your home. Your door provides the first impression and sets the tone for the rest of your home, so Green Brand knows that choosing the correct door requires careful consideration.

To find a door befitting yourself and your home you need a product that will give you security, protection from Winnipeg’s temperature changes, and provide years of trouble-free service.

Green Brand has put together some of the most common questions our customers ask us in order to help you make the best decision for your new door.

1. Why does Green Brand use fiberglass over a steel or wood door?

Fiberglass doors are energy efficient, strong, durable, maintenance-free, and best of all, affordable. Due to the low expansion rate of fiberglass they are a perfect fit for Winnipeg winters and you do not have to sacrifice style to get the look of real wood if that is what you are interested in. Fiberglass is available in a smooth surface or a wood grain texture that can be stained or painted to match your personal style.

2. How much privacy can you get with decorative glass?

Decorative glass for your entry door is a popular topic because glass allows you to create a unique look and also provide the light that your entryway may require, but Green Brand knows privacy is always a concern.

Green Brand has many different decorative glass styles available for your door size, style and level of transparency to make sure that you can find the perfect balance between style and privacy.

You can also consider installing mini blinds between the panes of glass in your door to help with privacy. Mini Blinds can be raised, lowered or tilted to allow natural light in during the daytime hours or closed at night and when they are completely raised they are often hidden.

3. What is better – a Patio door or Garden door?

The decision to choose one over another is because of size, space available or style of your home.

You will find that a garden door is more secure due to the deadbolt that can be used. Garden doors can also have glass or mini-blinds to help with privacy as well as energy-efficiency features such as triple-pane glass, weatherstripping, and an Argon gas between panes.

The narrow frame of a patio door allows for a large glass area that lets in more natural light. A patio door is also much more difficult to open so there’s less risk that children can open the door accidentally.

4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of putting mini-blinds between the glass?

Mini-blinds are a solution to a homeowners privacy concern. Here are some Pros and Cons to the mini-blind system.

Mini-blind Cons:

  • There are no hanging cords for children to get hurt with.
  • Aesthetically pleasing.
  • Blinds don’t bang against the door when opened and closed like those installed with an interior rod.
  • Easier to clean without a curtain or blinds to get in the way.
  • They offer various levels of privacy depending on how they are opened.

Mini-blind Pros:

  • Glass is a poor insulator and if you add mini blinds between the glass, you can’t include Argon gas which reduces the efficiency.
  • As with all mechanisms there is a chance that repeated use will lead to the mechanism breaking and it can be a hard as well as costly to fix.

Planning Time

Making a decision about what type of entry door you should invest in can be intimidating. With all the sizes, paint or stain options, glass styles, hardware, energy-efficiency and safety features available, there are thousands of combinations to consider.

Spend some time researching and look around at styles that you like so you can have a better idea of your options. It is also a great idea to consult with the experts at Green Brand Windows and Doors to get the right fit for your home.

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