If you’re looking to improve the curb appeal of your home, adding window panels to your garage door is an easy and inexpensive fix that can make a big impact. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons to consider before deciding.
Windows Give Garages Plenty of Natural Light
When adding garage window panels for curb appeal, the obvious benefit is that they look great from the exterior, but another benefit is how much natural light they let in. Like most garages, yours may be a bit dreary – even when you turn the light on. By installing a few garage door window panels, you’ll find that natural light is going to make the space far more inviting. The more windows you add, the more light you will let in, but you will want to weigh the number and placement of windows with your privacy needs.
Consider Your Privacy Needs Before Installing Windows
There are two main areas where garage door window panels would typically be installed depending on your goals for adding them:
- The Top Section – this placement is ideal for those who want to let light in, but value security and privacy.
- The Second Section – this is where your windows should go if you want to be able to look in and out of your garage. You can opt for a two-way-mirror-type glass if you want to retain more privacy.
Keep in mind, you don’t need to limit yourself to a single tier of windows. We also install specialty garage doors that offer even more options for window placement.
Garage Windows Will Affect Your Spring System
Your garage door’s spring system is essential for its operation. Adding window panels affect the weight of the door and can cause spring system imbalance. Torsion springs have set amounts of freedom in balance ratings for additional weight. For an average sized door, a row of windows across the upper panel may throw the door out of balance. It is important to consult with garage door professionals, like Larry Myers, to determine compatible options.
Windows May Not Be an Option for Your Garage Door
Sadly, adding windows is not an option for every garage door. Window panels for garage doors come in various shapes and sizes. However, depending on when your garage door was made, the right dimensions for your door may no longer be available. There may also be issues with the latching systems used with older doors that may prevent compatibility.
If you are interested in installing garage door window panels, our team at Larry Myers Garage Doors would be happy to come out and discuss the options available for your garage door. Of course, if your current model can’t support window panels, we could always install a new garage door for you.
Give us a call at 503-761-5674 (if you’re in Portland, OR) or 360-695-0625 (for those in Vancouver, WA) for a free consultation.