Are you fully happy with your garage door and the way that it is performing? While you might like the way that the door and the opener are working, you might also feel that it could benefit from having a bit of an aesthetic upgrade. Namely, you are wondering if you should add decorative windows to give the door a bit more personality. Perhaps you already have windows in the garage door, but you want to change them and go with another style instead. Many possibilities are available to you.
Consider the looks of the garage door
Naturally, one of the most important things to consider when it comes to your garage door’s decorative windows will be the aesthetics. The garage door takes up a substantial amount of space near the front of your home, so you surely want it to look as good as possible. This means that you want to choose decorative windows that are attractive in their own right, and that match well with the other windows in your home.
If you are wondering just how you might be able to pull together the look of your front door windows with the garage door windows, check out some of the Garaga and Novatech offerings. To help make this easier, you can check out some of the Design Centre from garage door manufacturers that will help you get a good visual of how it will all look. Garaga, for example, has a design tool that lets you add a photo of your home and then see what it is going to look like with different decorative windows for the garage door.
How Practical Are the Windows?
It is also important that you choose windows in the garage door that are going to have some practical value, as well. Decoration is nice, but it is also nice to be able to bring in some natural light to the garage. This is very true for those who utilize their garage for more than just parking the car.
Of course, you also want to consider the privacy of the garage if you have windows in the door. You do not want people to simply be able to look into your space. Fortunately, you can find tinted and frosted glass that can help with this problem. You can see outside, but people will not be able to look inside.
When you are thinking about the practicality of the windows, you also want to consider the weathertightness and the insulation. Remember, you should find windows that have a thermal resistance of at best R‑3.6 (using Argon-filled sealed double panes) while the garage door can be up to R‑16 for a 1¾ ″ (45 mm) polyurethane injected model.
What Happens to the Lifting System When You Have Windows?
The lifting system is going to be affected if your garage door doesn’t currently have decorative windows and you decide that you want to add them. Whether you have a torsion or extension system, it is a good idea to talk with professionals to determine whether you will need to adapt the lifting system to make sure that it will be able to accommodate the decorative windows.
For those who already have windows installed, and who only want to change the style and model of window, you may not need to make any changes to the lifting system. Again, you are going to want to make sure you get in touch with professionals and get their advice on your garage door.
No matter how much you feel the system is rated to lift, if there is a change to the door, there is a chance that it could become unbalanced. If this happens, even a strong lifting system is going to have some serious problems with the door. This has the potential to cause some safety problems, which you are not going to want to deal with.
For true safety and the peace of mind that it brings, you are going to always need to bring in a professional to check the system and make sure that it is always working properly.
Get Some Help Making Your Decision and Getting Your Decorative Windows
If you have decided that you want to have some decorative windows for your garage door, but you are still not quite sure what you want or how to get it, you need to get in touch. You can contact us anytime toll-free at 1-800-780-3883. We are well-versed in all types of garage door issues, and we can let you know more about your choices when it comes to decorative windows. We can provide you with a quotation by email if you would prefer.