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The Pros and Cons of Garage Door Windows

Posted by Overhead Door of Sioux City and Yankton | May 10, 2016 12:08:25 PM
The Pros and Cons of Garage Door Windows

Garage doors come in many shapes and sizes and, luckily (or not-so-luckily, for those of you who hate making style decisions), so do garage door windows. Whether or not you add windows to your garage door is a personal choice. We're writing this blog to help you make it.

The Benefits of Garage Door Windows

Adding windows to your garage does several positive things. Here are a few things Overhead Door of Sioux City and Yankton loves about them.

  • It lets in natural light, and that's something the largest room in your home could probably use. This light not only helps brighten a dark space during the day, but it also does it for free.
  • Garage door windows help break up large panels, providing aesthetic interest and dimension. 
  • Windows help make the garage feel like a more included part of the home, instead of just an extension that houses the garage. 
  • Windows come in several shapes, sizes, and options so you can customize your look in a myriad of ways. From tempered glass to solar bronze and insulated glass, you can get the look you want with the function you need.

The Downsides of Garage Door Windows

We wouldn't be garage door professionals if we didn't also tell you the drawbacks of some garage door design elements. Here's what you need to keep in mind while you are deciding whether or not to add garage door windows.

  • Windows on garage doors do introduce a more fragile element to an otherwise rigid and strong door. While they won't compromise the strength or resilience of a garage door, they aren't impenetrable to golf balls, baseballs, or an unfortunate rock flung from a lawn mower. While the windows are easily replaced, this is something to consider.
  • When natural light can peer through, so can passersby. If you have valuables or inventory stored in your garage, consider tinted glass or forgoing windows if you feel you need increased security. 

These drawbacks can often be mitigated with our variety of glass options, but should still be considered so that you are satisfied with the long-term benefits of your door.

While adding windows to your garage door is almost always a personal preference, it's important to consider what you'll be storing in your garage and how you'll use it on a day to day basis. For example, if you, like many folks in Sioux City and Yankton, use your garage as an entertaining space, adding windows can help a garage feel comfortable and attached. On the other hand, if privacy and security are high on the list, there are other ways to dress up your garage door without compromising your needs.

Need more help? Just call our teams at Overhead Door of Sioux City and Yankton. We're happy to help you see the light (or not) as you see fit.

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Topics: Garage Door Design, Garage Door Windows

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