Decorative stylized glass has changed and is changing, and there’s more to decorative glass than the beveled options that most homeowners and builders are familiar with.
Decorative door glass uses patterns, texture, and color to create visual patterns. In contemporary residential design, camed glass adds privacy and visual interest and this art form is a huge part of the decorative and privacy glass industry.
Despite its long history, decorative stylized glass is always changing, and there’s more to decorative glass than the beveled options that most consumers and builders are familiar with. If you or your clients are looking for unique, timeless, or trending options for front door glass, you’re in the right place.
ODL has an industry legacy of creating stunning doorglass designs, no matter what your taste or style, and we’re proud to be at the forefront of emerging trends while maintaining our appreciation of the camed glass craft. Keep reading to learn more.
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Remarkably, the process of making camed doorglass is similar to the way it was made centuries ago. Metal caming is used to secure cut pieces of glass to each other, creating a pattern. However, our modern caming uses H-shaped aluminum pieces instead of lead or other metals. These pieces are soldered and sealed to create a strong design.
The camed glass panel, also known as a quarter panel, is then sealed between two additional layers of tempered safety glass, offering enhanced protection and thermal performance.
For over 75 years, ODL has been proud to equip builders, homeowners, and building suppliers with the highest quality doorglass available on the market. We don’t cut corners at any point in the process: from research to design, manufacturing to safety testing. Our glass is at once artisanal and highly functional, so you can trust it will not only look great and reflect your style, but continue to perform to the highest standards for many years to come. And because we offer the largest selection of decorative glass in the industry, we’re sure you’ll find a design you love in our catalog. And, if you can’t, we have the ability to make it custom through Kenyon’s Glass. It’s that simple.
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Many consumers associate camed, decorative glass with traditional designs. At ODL, we celebrate decorative glass’ traditions and its bright future.
The practice of using metal caming to create patterns in glass is nothing new. In fact, the craft can be traced back to 12th century Germany. Materials used in caming often included lead, copper, brass, and zinc.
Initially, camed glass designs were only used in cathedrals and other religious buildings. However, over time, camed glass became a sign of wealth and sophistication.
As the practice and technology became more accessible, camed glasswork and stained glass became hallmarks of more modern design movements.
During the 19th century, decorative glass became easier and less expensive to make. Technological advances inspired architects and artists, especially during the art nouveau and arts and crafts movements.
Camed and stained glass became a mainstay in many homes and buildings. Now, it’s not uncommon for camed glass to be a feature of front doors of homes across the country and world.
Stylized entry door glass is an effective solution that allows homeowners to maintain privacy without sacrificing natural light. The contemporary camed doorglass most consumers are familiar with includes classic beveled glass, natural textures, wrought iron, pops of color, and geometric designs.
However, as trends change, modern camed glass is slowly becoming increasingly streamlined, and sleek.
Like the rest of the art, design, and interiors world, doorglass design is always changing. As we look to the future, these trends will emerge and define the next few years:
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ODL uses a new standardized test to determine the privacy rating of glass. A machine called a spectophotometer sends light waves through all of the sections in a glass design. The resulting readings are then used to calculate the precise privacy rating:
In the real world, doors aren’t treated gently. They are slammed, shoved, and loved. That’s why ODL uses robust testing methods to ensure that its doorglass inserts are durable.
Each of our products undergoes intensive testing, including a 50,000 slam cycle test. These tests, which go above and beyond the industry standards, make sure that our camed designs won’t break or rattle excessively with normal use.
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ODL’s camed and stylized doorglass embrace the craft’s long and rich history. All our camed glass products are designed and made by artisans who are deeply invested in international trends, home design, and craft of camed glass.
ODL’s camed entryway glass is made with quality materials that offer a resilient, beautiful product designed to stand the test of time and style.
For years, ODL has led the industry in stylized glass. We’re proud to offer the widest selection of camed doorglass in the industry, but you’ll never catch us resting on our laurels. Because we care so much about giving consumers the selection they need, we’re always working on new designs and styles for builders, homeowners, and suppliers to choose from to boost their curb appeal.
We know how important safety is to you. That’s why many of ODL’s camed doorglass styles are available in impact glass so your home is as safe as it is beautiful. Options include:
Our Severe Weather glass is rated to withstand pressure changes, impact, humidity, sound, temperature fluctuations, and more. Learn more about our impact doorglass options, including decorative glass.
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When you’re choosing the design elements in your home, it can feel like a lot of pressure to pick the “right” accents and fixtures—and when you don’t get to choose those features, it can make the process frustrating, or make you feel like you have to live with something that isn’t “you.”
However, what most people don’t realize is that it’s relatively easy and inexpensive to swap out the decorative glass in your front door.
If the glass that came with your front door isn’t to your taste or style, doesn’t suit your home’s architecture, or you simply want a refresh, you can update the glass inserts without needing to replace the entire door. All you need to do is make sure the new glass you want to install is the same size or larger than the glass you currently have. Once you have a design in mind, a professional can help you install the new glass in your existing door.
Doorglass isn’t something you have to live with forever. Like the paint on your walls or hardware on your cabinets, you can change your glass in your exterior door as often as you like—and ODL is here to help.
When you’re ready to update the look and feel of your front door, you probably find yourself turning big box store options. These stores need to cater to a broad audience, so if you’re frustrated by a lack of selection, you’re not alone. In this scenario, you have a few options for finding the doorglass of your dreams:
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At ODL, we’ve been making door glass for generations. Whether you or your customers are in the market for impact glass, the latest textures, low-E products, or leading-edge decorative glass styles, we have the right solution for you. To learn more, browse our decorative glass catalog for our full stylized doorglass offerings.
We design our decorative doorglass to appeal to the people with strong opinions, the ones who "know it when they see it"—not the masses. Find your perfect fit in our inspiration gallery.
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