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Unread 11-06-2007, 01:55 PM
 
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Default front door with big window: safe?

Lately I've seen a lot of new construction homes that have a fairly big window as part of the front door.
Is this just a design trend? Isn't having a window a big safety (crime) concern, as opposed to having a full wood door?
Just wondering if this is something I need to be worried about, or if it's no big deal.
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Unread 11-06-2007, 01:59 PM
 
Location: southern california
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Lately I've seen a lot of new construction homes that have a fairly big window as part of the front door.
Is this just a design trend? Isn't having a window a big safety (crime) concern, as opposed to having a full wood door?
Just wondering if this is something I need to be worried about, or if it's no big deal.
good post. good instincts. trust your instincts. pretty is not always safe.
i would change it in a hearbeat.
this post was not intended to offend anybody and is purely a
solicted personal opinion.
you got rep.
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Unread 11-06-2007, 02:35 PM
 
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Lately I've seen a lot of new construction homes that have a fairly big window as part of the front door.
Is this just a design trend? Isn't having a window a big safety (crime) concern, as opposed to having a full wood door?
Just wondering if this is something I need to be worried about, or if it's no big deal.
Our home has a beautiful leaded glass front door and a full door of glass in our backyard and I am not worried at all. If someone truly wants to get into your home they will. They can access a window or another door. Whether you have a glass door or not will not discourage unlawful entry.

I would say "no big deal" but ultimitely (sp) it depends on your comfort...that is all...how you feel with it
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Unread 11-06-2007, 02:50 PM
 
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It is less safe but as the poster person said, if someone wants into your house they will get in.
I had a house in a bad area with a window in the back door. It would have taken seconds for someone to smash it, reach in and unlock the door. I put mesh screen over the window on the inside then hung a curtain. It was the type of area you did those sorts of things and the house wasn't worth the price of a new door
A bigger issue I have is privacy. I don't like to walk up to check out who is knocking on my door and be in full view. I tend to look out and see who is on my door step then decide if I want to open the door. With the door I have now that is easy to do. With a large window they would see me and what do I do? Wave and walk away Again I could hand a curtain over the door but then what is the point of the window?
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Unread 11-06-2007, 04:37 PM
 
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You could do what I do, 5 feet in front of the door put a stylish iron gate in front. Its sort of a gated porch.
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Unread 11-06-2007, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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I have these huge, gorgeous glass/wrought iron front doors, but I also have a gated courtyard so nobody can see in. I love my front doors and feel very safe. I believe if someone wants in, no matter what kind of doors or security you have, they will get in. I refuse to live my life in fear.

After all, you know what they say ... a life lived in fear is a life half lived.
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Unread 11-06-2007, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I see them here alot here and think the same thing. I think I would have to add a glass breakage sensor to my alarm system before I would feel good about it AND maybe some light sheers because I tend to walk around the house with little or nothing on.
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Unread 11-06-2007, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Jax
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A bigger issue I have is privacy. I don't like to walk up to check out who is knocking on my door and be in full view. I tend to look out and see who is on my door step then decide if I want to open the door. With the door I have now that is easy to do. With a large window they would see me and what do I do? Wave and walk away Again I could hand a curtain over the door but then what is the point of the window?
I agree, with the glass doors - even the obscured/stained-look - everyone can see in (especially at night).

Another thing to think about is who can see out - I'm referring to dogs here . If you have a dog or plan to get one, you might want to rethink the glass door - it can really agitate dogs to see all the activity outside (lots of barking).
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Unread 11-06-2007, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I see them here alot here and think the same thing. I think I would have to add a glass breakage sensor to my alarm system before I would feel good about it AND maybe some light sheers because I tend to walk around the house with little or nothing on.
LOL. I would not get one because I would not want to scare the neighbors or their dogs
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Unread 11-08-2007, 05:45 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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As for why, they let a lot of light into the house. My house needs more light coming in and I want to replace my door with a nice glass one. Crime where I live is very low and someone who wanted to get in would go around the back where they wouldn't be so visible anyway. A good burglar can jimmy a lock faster than you can open it with your key. Only thugs kick in doors or break windows.
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