Should You Add Windows to Your Garage Door?

The simple answer: it’s up to you! Garage door windows have a way of adding additional curb appeal to your garage door and home, not to mention letting in more natural light to the space. However, depending on what you have inside, garage windows could create a security issue if people can see through them.

Follow us as we take a look at pros and cons of this garage door design, and decide for yourself whether to install windows in your garage door.


  • Lots of natural light
  • Curb appeal
  • Cohesive with the house

Brighten up a dreary garage by adding a row of windows to your garage door. You won’t need to use as much electricity during the day as natural daylight will fill your space. In addition to more light, this upgrade adds additional curb appeal and can boost your home’s value if you decide to sell it.

As a design feature, you can customize your garage windows to match the style of the rest of your house. Manufacturers like Clopay offer unique shapes and sizes of residential garage door windows that can add visual interest and complement larger windows on your home.


  • Privacy concerns
  • Spring balance
  • Not available for all garage doors

The biggest concern for garage door windows is privacy. If you can see out, that means someone can probably see in. Several manufacturers give the option of frosted glass windows, so you can enjoy the natural light while keeping your garage safe.

Windows can throw your garage spring system out of balance because they affect the weight of the door. Double check with your garage door window installers to make sure your spring will work properly with the new windows. Unfortunately, if your garage door is older, the manufacturer might not make the exact windows to fit your panels. Many have also updated how windows and doors fit together.

Contact Us

Our garage door experts and enthusiasts at Larry Myers Garage Doors are happy to discuss garage door designs like adding decorative windows. If this option isn’t available but you still want windows for your garage, you could consider installing a new garage door.

Give us a call in Vancouver, WA at 360-695-0625 or Portland, OR at 503-761-5674 to learn more about the available garage window options.