Door lite inserts are decorative panels that add light and sometimes, ventilation to doors. They create an airier and brighter feeling in homes and they are used to create focal accents and customize entryways to a home owner’s liking. Whether you are shopping for a new main door or a patio door, knowing your way around different types of doors available in the market is important so you can make an informed decision as you browse through your options online. Here are some important things you should definitely know when shopping for doors and door lite inserts:
- Doors can be classified according to the way they open and the location of their hinges. Inswing doors are doors that open in, while outswing doors are doors that open out. Left hand doors hinge on the left, while right hand doors hinge on the right when viewed from the exterior of the house.
- Glass door accents are commonly referred to as lites. They are glass panes that fit into the door as decorative or functional additions. Divided lite are panes of glass that appear to be or actually are divided into various sections. Grilles on the other hand are wooden, plastic, or metal assemblies that give the divided appearance to door lites. Caming is the term used for the strips used to join segmented glass in a door lite.
- When customizing your door, choosing the right type of decorative glass is important to achieve the effect that you desire. Most door lites use insulated glass to ensure energy efficiency, but for decorative purposes, you may need to choose from stained, silk screened, or beveled glass, depending on the design you are going for. Glass door lites can either be one continuous lite or grilled, which create the appearance of several separate lites.