The typical garage is infamous for being dark, damp, and dingy. One way to give your garage a new lease of life is to install windows to let in light, enhance your home’s curb appeal, and simply improve the aesthetics of your garage door.
Installing windows on garage doors is somewhat of a new style, but as a homeowner, you will appreciate the benefits of these new additions.
If you are looking to have windows on your garage door, consider these suggestions.
Think about quality and energy efficiency when selecting windows for your garage door. Opt for low-maintenance windows that can withstand weather elements and provide a long service life.
Polypropylene is a great choice for window frames because the material holds up well, especially to prolonged exposure to heat.
Other window frame options include wood, fiberglass, and vinyl. If you are unsure, ask your garage door contractor to recommend a long-lasting material for the window frames.
In addition to service life, consider the thermal resistance of the window frame, which is usually indicated as the U-value. A window with a low U-value has better insulating properties and is more thermal resistant.
The two most common window materials are real glass and acrylic. If aesthetics is a priority, opt for glass. Real glass does not scratch easily and comes in many different styles such as frosted, embossed, or tempered.
On the other hand, acrylic is inexpensive, does not break easily, and is more thermal resistant. The appropriate choice of material will depend on your needs and budget.
In addition to the material of the window frame, opt for double glazed windows with two glass panels. In between the two glass panels is an air space with insulating properties that help to minimize heat loss.
Insulated windows will complement your insulated garage door, helping you to conserve energy and maintain the right temperature in the garage.
Many homeowners prefer garage doors with windows installed at the top end of the door. This classic look provides adequate privacy while still allowing a flood of natural light into the garage.
If you are looking for a modern look, you may opt for a garage door with windows on the middle panel of the door. These are less private but can give your garage door an airy, less-imposing appeal, and they provide more visibility too.
Windows come in an array of styles including clear, tinted, frosted, printed, and sandblasted just to mention a few. When selecting the right style for your garage door windows, factor in the style of your home’s windows.
The idea is to have your garage door complement your home’s design elements and architectural outlook.
If your home has clear windows, consider clear windows or at least slightly frosted windows for your garage door. In this case, tinted windows for the garage would not blend in well with the rest of the house.
If you have an old garage door without windows, now might be a good time to install a new one with great-looking windows.
Fortunately, your garage door specialist can install windows on an existing garage door. This could be an appropriate option if your garage door is in good shape or was only recently installed.
Where lighting up a space is concerned, you could hardly go wrong with natural lighting. A flood of natural light can make your garage cozier, safer, and more functional.
Whether you are looking to install a new garage door with windows or to upgrade your existing garage door, you can count on the experts at AAA Garage Door Inc. to get the job done. Get in touch with us today for free estimates.