Dutch Doors are fun, stylish and fashionable. They brighten and freshen up your home.
The problem is that when you close the door, your house becomes dark again.
Add some glass!
Here we look at 6 different styles of Dutch Doors with Glass.
Find out which one best suit your Dutch entry door.
1. Half Lite Glass Inserts
A ½ lite glass spans the entire surface of one (top) leaf of a Dutch door. Most folks go for a half lite as it provides more natural light indoors. Traditional and Cottage style Dutch doors look elegant with clear tempered glass.
Half-lites complement Rustic style Dutch doors with decorative wrought iron grilles. Add decorative obscure glass, and you get an added layer of privacy.
As a rule of thumb, more glass = higher price. Because of this, half-lite Dutch doors come at a steeper price point compared to those with less glass.
Tracy wanted an exterior Dutch Door to the pool as it was convenient. She also wanted increased visibility to keep an eye on the kids when they were at the pool.
We installed a Dutch door with double half lites. That’s one on each leaf. She now has an undisturbed view of the pool from her home.
2. Dutch Doors with Nine Lites
9 lites are half-lites divided into 9 SDL (Simulated Divided Lites) grids.
These are not 9 small panes of glass, but a single large sheet of glass.
It’s fabricated to give the appearance that it’s made of 9 separate panels.
9-lite clear glass SDL’s look stunning on traditional/ colonial style Dutch doors. Especially if your entrance is large enough to accommodate sidelights.
3. Single (Top) Lite Glass Insert
A top lite is a single glass panel placed on the upper 1/3 of Dutch door top leaf.
Having the glass at the very top ensures that burglar cannot reach in and open a door. Even if they manage to break the glass.
Top lites come in clear and decorative glass options.
They go well with Traditional, Cottage and Craftsman-style doors.
4. Dutch Doors With 2 and 4 Lite SDLs
A single top lite can be divided into 2 or 4 grids.
- A single top-lite divided into two is a 2 lite SDL.
- A top lite that’s divided into 4 lites is a 4 lite SDL.
Both 2 and 4 lite SDL’s go well with Traditional, Cottage and Craftsman-style doors. 4 lites look great on double Dutch doors as well.
5. Three Lite Glass Panels
3 lite panels are taller SDL’s placed on the top part of the upper Dutch leaf.
They are a great complement to the long shaker style in Craftsman Dutch doors.
Most folks go with clear glass, as it gives a minimalist and elegant look.
6. Six Lite Dutch Doors (Craftsman Style)
A 6 lite SDL is like the 3 lite SDL. The only difference is that it has a horizontal SDL bar which creates 6 faux divided lites.
This glass option too goes will with Craftsman-style doors.