So you’ve decided to refurbish or upgrade your garage door, but maybe you’re still thinking about what kind of design you want. Maybe you’ve done your research on the best material for your garage and now you’re considering if you want windows to be featured or not. Here are the pros and cons of garage door windows.
Natural Light – Whether you use your garage as a parking space or for other purposes, most people love having natural light shine into their home. It’s an effortless way to bring light into a room, brighten up the space, and make the area seem bigger. Having garage door windows have the same effect for your garage.
Curb Appeal – Installing windows will make your home seem more inviting from the outside. Garage door windows break up large panels and add aesthetically pleasing dimension and interest to the look. Additionally, to make your house’s design look intentional and make the garage truly part of the home, you can always customize the garage door windows to match the rest of your house.
Increase Property Value – With a higher curb appeal, your property value is bound to increase as well. When the garage looks like a part of your home with matching windows, potential buyers are more likely to put in a higher offer.
Fiberglass Fragility – Windows are made of fiberglass, meaning it’s not as strong as the rest of the garage door. Although it won’t compromise the strength or structure of the overall door, any flying golf ball or unfortunate rock flung at the window, may break it. However, it is very durable and can be layered for added strength. In case of breakage, it is easily replaced.
Insulation Efficiency – Depending on your air flow of the garage, the windows may let in and trap too much heat in your garage to be energy efficient. Most people don’t have their central air system flow into the garage, making it harder to cool down in hot weather.
Privacy – Depending on how far your garage is from the curb or how big the windows are, you might be a little concerned about neighbors peeking inside your garage. However windows at the top level panels are taller than most people making it harder for the average person to see inside. Having frosted or stained glass will also allow more privacy for your garage.
We hope this was helpful in your new garage door design process. It doesn’t have to be a complicated endeavor and All Right Garage Doors is here to help you design and install. Give us a call today at (714) 726-2225 and get a free estimate!