It is always exciting to make home improvements. Your Neighborhood Garage Door Team fields questions from people wanting to update their home by adding windows to their garage doors. Let’s take a closer look at what it takes to make a change to your garage door windows.
You Can Add Windows to Your Garage Door
Making your home more beautiful and increasing its curb appeal is the desire of many homeowners. One of the current trends is updating your garage door so it matches the other exterior doors of your home. Having your front door, the garage door and possibly even the front windows match is aesthetically pleasing to many people.
One of the first concerns is that putting windows in your garage permits others to look inside your garage. Thieves like garage doors with windows as it is easier for them to break into your garage if there are windows to see through. You lose some of your privacy and your security when giving thieves the opportunity to see what you might be storing in your garage.
How to Maintain Privacy
Using frosted glass or decorative windows is one way of maintaining your privacy and circumventing thieves. Frosted or decorative glass is one way to make things match and still get some light into your garage during the day. Garage door companies have started offering matching doors, garage doors and windows for the front of your home to make this easier.
Windows Can Cause Your Door to be Unbalanced
If you want to add windows to your existing garage door there are some other concerns to consider. The first is that glass is very heavy, heavier than the garage door panels that are being replaced. This can cause your door to have ‘imbalance.’
Increasing the weight of your garage door poses some problems. If your door is ‘out of balance’ it means that the weight to lift the door has increased. The lifting weight for your door will usually run around 10 lbs, so you can open it with one hand if needed. An unbalanced door can weigh up to 250 lbs.
Balance The Door After Window Installation
While your garage door may be able to lift 250 lbs it will cause the garage door opener to work a lot harder than intended. You run the risk of a garage door opener failure, and having the door drop unexpectedly. If that should happen it may damage your door, and potentially hurt anyone that might be close to it. So, we recommend that you work with a professional that can make sure your system remains balanced and safe to run.
Consider Upgrading Your Garage Door Opener
If your current door is windowless and you want to install windows you may also need to get a bigger garage door opener. Your existing opener was selected for the weight of your current door. With the extra weight you might need to get a new garage door opener as well.
Call Us For Help
There is a lot to consider when adding windows to your garage door. Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team is here to help you. We can answer any questions or concerns you have about installing new windows.