Choosing Energy-Efficient Glass Pantry Doors For Your Home

As a seasoned expert in the realm of pantry doors with glass, I’ve witnessed firsthand the transformative power these elements can bring to a home. Not only do they elevate the aesthetic, but they can also play a pivotal role in your home’s energy efficiency. Today, I’m excited to share some pantry door ideas and tips on selecting the best energy-efficient glass pantry doors. We’ll be focusing on how you can blend functionality, practicality, and style in your home. These tips include finish options like frosted glass to enhance privacy and beauty.

Understanding Energy Efficiency in Glass Doors

Energy efficiency isn’t just a buzzword—it’s an essential consideration for modern homeowners, especially when it comes to installing glass doors. Energy-efficient glass doors help maintain comfortable indoor temperatures, reduce energy bills, and decrease your carbon footprint. I remember a project where we replaced old, single-pane kitchen doors with energy-efficient ones. The homeowner was thrilled to later see a drop in their heating costs!

Types of Energy-Efficient Glass Doors

Overview of Different Types of Glass Used in Doors

When we talk about glass pantry doors, there are several options that stand out for their energy-saving properties:

  • Double Glazed: Double glazed glass consists of two layers of glass separated by a space filled with air or inert gas. It greatly enhances the door’s insulation properties. This design is particularly effective in cooler climates as it helps keep heat inside. It will also reduce energy costs and keep your home cozy and warm.

  • Low-E Coated: Low-E (low-emissivity) coated glass features a micro-thin metallic layer that is applied to the glass surface. This special coating reflects thermal radiation, which helps keep your home warmer in the winter. It does this by reflecting heat back inside and cooler in the summer by reflecting the sun’s heat outward. Overall it’ll optimize your comfort, while cutting down on energy bills.

  • Laminated: Laminated glass is essentially a sandwich of two or more layers of glass bonded together with a protective interlayer. This interlayer is typically made of a plastic called PVB (polyvinyl butyral). This setup not only enhances the door’s safety by preventing the glass from shattering upon impact, but it also excels in reducing outside noise. And bonus, it boosts energy efficiency by adding an extra layer of insulation.
dual pane for 1D and 2D glass effects energy efficiency

1/8″ Thickness: 1D and 2D Glass Effects

3/8″ Thickness: 3D Glass Effects

Additionally, the thickness of the glass plays a crucial role. For sandblast effects, which are our specialty at Sans Soucie Art Glass, we typically use 1/8” thick glass for 1D and 2D effects and 3/8” thick for all 3D and painted glass. This not only ensures durability but also aids in better insulation.

Dual Pane and Triple Pane Options

Switching gears to pane options, dual and triple pane doors offer superior insulation compared to their single-pane counterparts. Having installed numerous of these in various homes, I’ve seen how effective they can be in keeping energy costs down. This is all thanks to their enhanced insulation properties. 

dual pane insulated glass windows and panes for energy efficiency

Also note that aside from our glass panels, glass inserts, frameless, prehung, and slab doors, etc., every glass window will be created with dual or triple pane glass. 

Glass Thickness and Energy Efficiency

Thicker glass not only offers better insulation but also provides increased security and noise reduction—a win-win for any homeowner. The choice of glass thickness for your glass pantry door depends on your energy efficiency goals, design preferences, and needs like air circulation in kitchen pantries. This ensures your pantry stays well-ventilated while maintaining energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal.

Design and Aesthetic Considerations

Clear Glass Finish (Not Private)

Gluechip Glass Finish (Semi-Private)

Frosted Glass Finish (Private)

Here at Sans Soucie we offer a total of 3 glass finishes (a.k.a. backgrounds) in order for you to have the exact privacy level that your house needs. These glass finishes include: frosted glass (most private), gluechip glass (semi-private), and clear glass (not private). 

Choosing the right glass pantry door isn’t just about practicality; it’s also about complementing your home’s design style. Frosted glass pantry doors, for instance, not only provide privacy and diffuse light beautifully, but can also be crafted with custom designs that add a personal touch to your kitchen. On the practical side our frosted glass finish is the most popular for a prehung pantry door. This is because it can effectively hide any clutter or pantry mess.

However, if you want to show off your coordinated pantry ware and organizing skills, then you may want our stunning gluechip glass finish. It has this frost like effect and texture that makes it semi-private. Or if you’re looking to brighten up your space without having to incorporate double or French doors, then you might consider our clear glass finish. They will allow the most amount of natural light into the interior of your pantry. This can help you see all of your goods and give you quicker access to items in darker corners.

Pantry Door Winery Landscape
Frosted Glass Pantry Door 
Semi-Private Wine Interior Door Tuscan Decor Sans Soucie

One of my favorite projects involved designing a custom frosted glass pantry door that depicted a vineyard scene for a wine enthusiast’s. This not only added a unique element to the kitchen, but also enhanced the room’s overall energy efficiency without compromising on style.


No matter what you choose, we can help you create that perfect pantry door. One that reflects your personal taste, within your kitchen space. 

Solid Wood and Primed Doors

At Sans Soucie Art Glass, we understand that the structure and material of a pantry door significantly influence its energy efficiency. That’s why we offer a variety of door constructions. They include prehung and slab door options, tailored to enhance energy efficiency in your home.

Our selection includes eight solid wood species, each chosen for its unique aesthetic and insulation properties. For those who prefer a customized color scheme, we also provide primed doors. These are primed white and ready for painting. They are made from a durable composite material that blends pine and Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF). This combination not only ensures a great finish when painted, but also contributes to the door’s overall energy efficiency and soundproofing qualities.

wood species guide slab prehung doors by sans soucie art glass

Fiberglass Doors

Another fantastic option in our energy-efficient lineup is our fiberglass doors. These are designed with three major components:

  • The Frame: Constructed from a high-strength composite material, ensuring robustness and longevity.
  • The Core: Filled with polyurethane insulating foam, this core offers excellent insulation and soundproofing. It helps to keep your home comfortable and quiet.
  • The Skin: The door’s exterior is made from high-impact compression-molded fiberglass. It effectively mimics the look and feel of real wood without the drawbacks. Unlike wood, fiberglass does not warp, rot, shrink, or swell, making it an ideal choice for maintaining both energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal over time.

These options are designed to meet various design preferences and practical requirements. This guarantees that every homeowner can find a door that fits their specific needs for style, functionality, and energy conservation. Whether you opt for the natural charm of solid wood, the ready-to-paint convenience of primed doors, or the robust and efficient design of fiberglass, Sans Soucie offers solutions that bring both beauty and energy efficiency to your kitchen pantries.

Practical Tips for Choosing the Right Glass Pantry Door

When selecting your decorative glass pantry door, consider the door’s orientation and the material of the frame. These factors can significantly affect its energy efficiency. Installation is another critical factor; poor installation can lead to energy leaks, no matter how good your glass is. Always opt for professional installation to ensure that your doors are perfectly sealed and function at their best.

Innovative Features in Energy-Efficient Glass Doors

The advancement in technology has brought some exciting features to glass doors, like thermal breaks and gas fills, which significantly improve insulation. Moreover, integrating smart technology like automatic tinting can further enhance energy efficiency and privacy on demand.

Maintenance and Care for Energy-Efficient Glass Doors

Maintaining your glass doors is crucial for retaining their energy-efficient benefits. Regular cleaning and checks for drafts or leaks can ensure that your doors continue to function as intended. Proper care also extends the life of the door, ensuring that you enjoy its benefits for years to come.

Making the Sustainable Choice

Opting for energy-efficient custom glass pantry doors is a step towards sustainable living. Not only do these doors help reduce energy consumption, but they also offer long-term savings and contribute to a healthier planet. Additionally, there might be rebates or tax credits available for making energy-efficient upgrades in your home, so be sure to explore these options.


Selecting the right decorative glass pantry doors is more than just choosing a door; it’s about making an informed decision that balances aesthetics, functionality, and energy efficiency. By considering the types of glass, door design, and innovative features, you can enhance your home’s comfort and reduce your environmental impact.

If you’re considering upgrading your pantry doors or have any questions about custom glass designs, feel free to reach out. Our incredible team would love to help walk you through our process. Or you can get started today by going to our website, choosing from our vast catalog of door designs, and then using our online “Door Builder”. It will walk you step-by-step on how to create a custom pantry glass door. Or we can always take one of your designs and make you something truly unique.

Remember, the right choice not only transforms your space but also supports a greener future.

Sans Soucie Art Glass: A Legacy of Craftsmanship and Innovation

Family-owned and operated since its inception in 1976, Sans Soucie has solidified its place as the industry frontrunner in the realm of sandblast frosted glass, carved, and hand-painted glass. Pioneering the art of turning ordinary glass into breathtaking “Works of Art Captured in Glass”, we have garnered acclaim both nationally and worldwide.

Sans Soucie has proudly undertaken tens of thousands of residential projects, delighting homeowners not just in the U.S., but internationally as well. Their portfolio also showcases an impressive range of commercial commissions, serving diverse sectors such as the service industry, hospitals, restaurants, museums, hotels, and libraries. Notably, Sans Soucie’s exquisite craftsmanship even graces a tribute room aboard the USS George HW Bush CVN 77.

In 2010, Sans Soucie ventured into selling slab and prehung doors, further solidifying their presence in the home decor space. Recognizing the complexities associated with slab and prehung doors, Sans Soucie introduced their innovative Door Designer Tool. This user-friendly tool has since transformed door designing into a fun and effortless experience, allowing homeowners everywhere to craft doors that resonate with their personal style.

In essence, Sans Soucie Art Glass is not just a brand; it’s a testament to unparalleled craftsmanship, innovation, and dedication to the art of glass design.

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