Give Your Home Curb Appeal

If you’re trying to revamp the exterior of your house, you might be wondering how to do it other than redoing exterior paint, the roof, outdoor window coverings, or your front door. A frequently overlooked part of your home’s exterior is your garage door. Sure, it may seem pretty boring, and you might think there’s not much you can do about it. But if when you installed your garage door you did so without windows, consider adding them to add curb appeal your home’s exterior!

Add Natural Light to Your Garage

While adding garage door windows is good for the exterior of your house, it is also good for the interior. If your garage doesn’t get much natural light, or you would like to increase the amount of natural light in your garage, windows are a great way to do that. This is especially important if you use your garage as a workshop or hobby space. Even if you don’t use it for those things, nobody likes having a dark cave for a garage!

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DIY or Professional Installation

If you decide to add garage door windows to your garage door, there are two routes you can go (as with most home improvement projects): DIY or a professional. Both options are totally feasible, and your decision will depend on how much money and time you can spend on this project.

If you are going the DIY route, make sure you know the size, manufacturer, and year of your garage door. This will help you find appropriately fitting windows and will also be beneficial when you need to ask for help while shopping for materials.

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Garage Door Window Placement

Once you decide to add your windows, you must figure out where you will place them on your garage door, what kind of glass you will use, and choose a decorative window style. If you are concerned about privacy, placing your windows on a higher garage door panel is best. This way, you will be able to get lots of natural light, but nobody will be able to see into your garage.

Place your garage door windows lower on your door if you would like to see out of them. If the lower placement appeals to you but you still desire privacy, opaque glass or one way mirror style glass will be the best choices for your windows.

Match Your Home’s Exterior Decor

To best suit your home’s exterior, consider matching any decorative details on your home windows to your garage door windows. For example, if you have georgian tiling on your home windows, you might consider buying garage door windows that also have georgian tiling. The same goes for any window trim details.

While redecorating your garage door with windows, you might also take this time to add other flare. If your home has a rustic style, you could add faux metal hardware such as antique hinges to your garage door to complete your home’s look. It’s easy to forget that something as boring as your garage door can be a huge part of the curb appeal of your home! Adding windows with a little decorative flare will be considered an architectural bonus and will greatly benefit you and your home in terms of value.

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Seal Your Installed Windows

Make sure the garage door windows are properly sealed when installed. Just like in your home, windows can be a huge source of heat loss, especially if the windows aren’t properly sealed. You might not spend tons of time in your garage, and maybe you don’t care if it’s cold.

But in all likelihood you store things in your garage, and keeping your stored items at a relatively stable temperature is important. Making sure the windows are sealed will also prevent any moisture to get into the garage, which could damage anything you have in storage.

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Spring Load of Garage Door with New Windows

One thing to keep in mind when adding windows to your garage door is how it will change the weight and balance point of your garage door. Your garage door lifts using a spring system that acts as a counterweight. So, changing the weight of the door can throw your garage door’s spring system out of alignment.

It’s possible that you would have to change out the spring system on your door before adding the windows. This is of course an added cost to the project, so it is advised that you find out whether you will need to do this before you add your windows.

If you are having a professional add windows to your garage door, they should be able to take care of this easily and should advise you of the need to change your spring system before they add the windows. If you are DIY-ing it, you might consider asking a professional to assess the garage door, its current spring system, and your chosen windows and tell you whether changing the spring system is necessary.