Frosted glass is made using one of two methods – acid etching and sandblasting. Both processes evenly roughen up the surface of the glass, creating a uniform color and smooth surface that still allows light in. Acid etching uses strong acids to cut into the surface of the glass. Typically, this process is used when a design is being etched into the glass. Sandblasting blows tiny, rough particles like sand at the surface of the glass. These particles hit the glass at high speeds causing tiny microscopic scratches to appear on the surface of the glass. Eventually, enough scratches appear that the glass looks like it has been covered in the frost of an early winter morning.
Like a morning frost, frosted glass doors have a delicate beauty that is undeniable. Unlike the frost found in nature, however, when you buy frosted glass doors from The Sliding Door Company, your doors will be around for much more than a morning. Our frames and glass are highly durable and are made to last for years to come.