Customers frequently ask about adding windows to garage doors at their home or business. This desirable upgrade may be achieved in several ways, some of which are inexpensive but can be risky. Other options may be preferable but are slightly more costly. Which method is most effective depends on a variety of factors, including the customer’s individual goals and budgetary guidelines. Below is some basic information to assist you in selecting the best way to incorporate windows into your garage door.
Reasons for Adding Garage Door Windows
Basic builder standards mean that most homes are constructed with unembellished base-model garage doors, adding little in the way of curb appeal or visual interest. Adding windows can drastically improve the appearance, salability and even the value of your property. For those homeowners who use their garage for projects, or as a “man cave,” the extra light can be invaluable. Styles of retrofit windows vary, and designs range from classic to contemporary and decorative. Glass choices include basic clear glass, Plexiglas, frosted and patterned glass. Shatter-resistant and tempered glass choices increase durability and security.
Retrofit Kits for Garage Door Windows
A common approach to retrofitting an overhead or roll-up door with windows involves replacing one entire solid panel with a replacement panel of windows. Alternatively, individual windows can be inserted via cutouts in existing panels. For a more extensive design upgrade, you can also purchase decorative hardware that coordinates with the window kit. This may include faux frames, handles, hinges or other decorative accents. A variety of retrofit kits and individual window panels are offered on the Internet. However, attempting to cut holes or remove panels can weaken or destroy the integrity of the door and may even lead to injury, so it’s a good idea to consult a professional if you have any doubts about the project.
Cost of Adding Garage Door Windows
The cost for adding windows can vary widely depending on several factors, including the size of the door, its material (wood or metal), the type of windows you select and the door’s condition and age. Attempting a DYI garage window retrofit may seem like a good investment, but may end up costing more than a professional retrofit. In some cases, it may be less expensive overall to invest in a new garage door, especially if your door is older or if you plan to sell your home in the near future.
In the Salt Lake City area, The Garage Door Man offers a full range of installation, upgrade and repair services. Their experienced, professional technicians can assist you in selecting the most reliable and cost-effective method of adding windows to the garage door at your home or business.