How Do You Install Decorative Door Glass Inserts?

Install decorative door glass inserts by taking measurements of the glass, and then apply glazing compound to the inside window frame before positioning the glass. Use wooden stops to hold the inserts in place until the compound dries.

There are several types of decorative door glass inserts available from manufacturers such as Perma Door and Castlegate, and each can be installed in the same way. Experts recommend half-inch glass inserts as a way of insulating the door. Most glass inserts are easy to paint and install, providing homeowners with a number of different options. Follow the directions below to install the glass panels.

  1. Measure the space
  2. Measure the height and width of the area to be replaced. Subtract an eighth of an inch from both the height and width. This makes it easier to install the glass and gives room for the glass to expand and contract in different temperatures.

  3. Use a glazing compound
  4. Using a caulk gun, apply a thin line of glazing compound to the inside of the window frame.

  5. Install the new glass inserts
  6. Place the glass inserts in the space and reinstall the wood stops carefully, one at a time.

  7. Finish the installation
  8. Finish the installation by fastening each wooden stop with a small finishing nail.

Be sure to purchase quality glass inserts to prevent warping, yellowing or cracking.