Should you order a garage door with windows or not? This “to be or not be” dilemma is quite difficult since garage doors are not replaced often and the impact of windows (or their absence) is important on daily living.
Now, the easier way to decide about your garage is to consider your personal requirements, preferences, and needs. It makes sense to say that not all properties are the same. Also, not all people want the same things and surely not all garages are used for the same purpose – in spite of what they meant to serve. So, regardless of what anyone else says, ask yourself some questions.
• Do you want natural light in your garage, for some reason?
• Do you love the idea of having an overhead garage door with windows?
• Have you transformed your garage into a living space and so must have natural light – hence, windows?
If you say yes to all these questions, add garage door windows.
The advantage of installing garage doors with windows
One of the biggest advantages of windows is that they bring natural light to the garage – when the garage door is shut. That’s a necessity if the space is used as an office, gym, guest room, or family room. But having some natural light even if you keep just the car, the family’s bikes, and some tools in the garage is still a good thing. How so? Without natural light coming from the garage door windows, you will need to turn on the artificial lighting every time you step into the garage. That’s a small but unnecessary expense. Plus, the garage would feel a tad claustrophobic.
Seen from the outside, a solid panel is much more imposing than a garage door with windows that feels more welcoming. So, it’s a matter of aesthetics too. It’s a matter of making a difference as well. Don’t forget that today there are innumerable choices for the style, size, shape, and configuration of garage door windows. The glass can be clear, mirrored, laminate, frosted, et cetera et cetera. They could be found at the top part of the sectional garage door but also on the side. They could be small or big. You get the picture. In a nutshell, installing garage door windows is a good thing. Aren’t there any downsides, you wonder? Of course, there are and we are going to share them with you.
The garage door windows considerations
• Depending on the number, size, configuration, and type of the windows, you may need stronger garage door springs and a more powerful opener. That’s an extra expense – not anything you cannot manage but the new garage door overall will cost a bit higher. And usually, garage doors with windows are a bit more expensive than doors without windows. The whole point is to make sure there’s a good weight distribution for the garage door to be level and thus, work as it should.
• The glass of the windows can break. It may not break easily and it may be replaced easily by a garage door repair pro but it breaks. That’s something you should know, especially if there are children outside playing. Still, most glass panes are made of tempered glass and so not only they don’t easily break but also the broken pieces are rounded and cannot injure you.
• Of course, there’s also the privacy matter. Who wants strangers looking at their private sphere? That’s true for all windows in the house, isn’t it? And then again, you can get obscured glass to eliminate this problem.
• Is there a matter of security? It could be – since the window glass breaks, but only if the windows are large enough to let a human inside. You can instead prefer small windows to rule out security concerns.
Since not all garage doors are the same and some styles are better off without windows, it’s best to consider such things and everything about your place and personal needs before you make a decision. Overall, having a garage door with windows is a good idea – just for the natural light alone. So, give it a thought and draw your decisions for your home.