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01-08-2020 02:15 AM

My neighbor has commissioned me to build her a barn door for her bathroom. She wants either 3 glass panels or a single glass panel in the door. I am trying to figure out how thick the glass needs to be. I am going to build the door out of 1 1/2 maple. Should I use 1/4” glass for the panels or a thinner glass?

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#1 posted 01-08-2020 04:03 AM

I would go atleast 1\4” . are u getting it frosted or colored? Just make sure u get some samples as there are many types an variety.

do you build it like a regular frame and panel? Or do you route out the back apply a glass stop? I usually do the latter, but wondering if I have the glass on hand if we shouldn’t just build it into the door like a normal panel. If the glass breaks you just route that part out anyways and replac e. Maybe color match would be tough on repair tho.

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#2 posted 01-08-2020 04:05 AM

1/4” tempered glass is called for in that application. Your local glass shop should be able to make whatever you need.

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#3 posted 01-08-2020 04:59 PM

You did not five specific dimensions but if the glass is full length and one piece I agree with Madmark2; it should be tempered glass. If someone should walk into it and break the glass the safety glass is not only harder to break but will shatter into very small pieces not likely to cut anyone as shards of none tempered glass could. Tempered glass is not inexpensive but cheaper than a hospital visit for stitches or worse. Building codes often require tempered glass in doors. ie. Sliding patio doors.

If you go with the three panel I would just use regular window glass, 3/16 or 1/4”.

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#4 posted 01-08-2020 05:15 PM

Glass in a bathroom door seems kind of odd to me, I don’t recall ever seeing that before.

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#5 posted 01-08-2020 05:34 PM

For sound I would go thicker, 3/8”. If the glass is free to float heavier you be a nicer feel. If it’s full glass 3/8” would be my preference.

As Brawler said too, glass in a bathroom door is odd. A barn door for a bathroom isn’t my first choice either. Is it a sliding barn door? Not pocket or swing door that have the barn door look?

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#6 posted 01-08-2020 05:48 PM

I was going with tempered either way, the homeowner is a bit of a klutz and I don’t want them slicing their selves up on shattered glass, she already has the scars for a childhood glass door incident. It is going to be frosted or heavily acid etched, so you won’t be able to really see anything through it.

The reason for the barn style door is the homeowner recently remodeled their bathroom and and the opening between the vanity area and shower/toilet area can’t have a sliding door (electrical switches on either side of the opening) and there isn’t a real good way to have a regular swinging door. So the only way to close off the opening is with a sliding barn door.

The glass would give the door more of a modern look over the traditional barn door look, and that is what the owner is shooting for. This kind of the look they are going for, only in a chocolate brown to match the framing around their mirrors

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#7 posted 01-09-2020 09:51 AM

My suggestion: Visit a decent glass shop and ask them what they recommend.

In the sample pic, the bottom panel can easily be kicked.
A steel toed work book can break 1/4 tempered glass very easy, ask any KLUTZ.

Suggest a heavy 3/8” tempered glass, or a lighter weight 3/8 polycarbonate; anytime a panel can be kicked with foot.
If it was exterior door, would suggest thermal pane panel with glass/plastic sandwich. They are very hard to break, even when this KLUTZ is carrying a bowling ball. LOL

Best Luck.

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#8 posted 01-09-2020 11:38 AM

I think any glass in a door is required to be tempered or laminated regardless of where the door it is located. Yes it is stronger however the main point is that it won’t shard when broken. This can be by striking or slamming. As for thickness for sound blocking I wouldn’t stress over it. Barn style doors don’t seal well so plenty of sound will make it through the gap around the door anyway. Also note that tampered glass can’t be cut after tempering so when ordered the size cannot be altered.

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#9 posted 03-04-2021 06:43 PM

Don’t forget there are lots of glass shower enclosures, so use the same glass that is used for those.

Not sure you can etch or frost tempered glass, surface tension is part of the tempering, but it can be made opaque.

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