Are you considering adding windows to your garage door? Below is a quick guide to help you get the best windows and the best installation results. Let’s get started?
The Most Important Question: Should You Get Windows?
Windows can add a decorative touch to your garage door. But are they a smart investment? Yes and no.
● They add to your garage door appeal and design
● They provide additional sunlight that brightens up the garage
● They provide natural heat to keep the garage warm during the summertime
● Newer windows are more durable and impact resistant
● Garage doors with windows naturally attract criminals
● You may be better off purchasing a new garage door with windows already added
● Glass is still glass: the windows could shatter under impact
From a design standpoint, manufacturers offer different types of glass to enhance your garage door. Four of the most popular types of glass include:
● Tempered | This is a type of safety glass processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass.
● Clear | This is standard glass, although some manufacturers now create ultra-clear glass that contains fewer imperfections.
● Frosted | Frosted glass is produced by the sandblasting or acid etching of clear sheet glass. This creates a pitted surface on one side of the glass. It’s popular with homeowners that want glass design, but also want glass that offers more privacy.
● Distorted | Distortion can be caused by glazing pressure around the periphery of the glass, during the heat treatment process. It’s also great for added privacy.
● Tinted | If you want the glass to be clear but still want some added shade or privacy, then tinting the windows is a popular feature for garage door glass.
● Insulated | Insulating glass consists of two or three glass window panes separated by a vacuum or gas-filled space to reduce heat transfer into the garage.
● Single-pane | This window only features one layer of glass.
● Double pane | This window features two layers of glass.
Where to Position the Garage Door Window
Like all other decisions you will make with your garage door windows, positioning the glass panes comes down to two things:
1. Design Preference
You can customize both the arrangement and the dimensions of the garage door glass panes to suit your personal taste. Some of the most popular designs include 14” x 6” or 35” x 6” with arrangements such as windows in each panel, windows down each side, or windows across the top.
The best strategy for optimizing your window design without sacrificing privacy is to install the windows across the top of the garage door. When installing the windows, make sure you position the glass panes so that an intruder cannot reach the garage door handle or lock from inside the door.
Don’t Forget About Your Garage Door Coverage
Before you add windows to your garage door, you may want to check with the manufacturer warranty and your homeowner insurance. Adding windows could void the warranty or cause your insurance rates to increase.
If the warranty covers window additions, then the best way to make sure you do not void the warranty is to hire a Garage Door Repair Company specialist to perform the installation for you. A certified garage door technician can ensure that the door is installed according to manufacturer specifications and industry standards.
To find out more about our garage door installation services, contact us today at 612-886-9606.