Adding Windows to Your Garage Door — What to Consider
Adding windows to a garage door can be a great idea for a number of reasons. They allow more natural light into your garage, and they can beautify your garage door, increasing your home’s curb appeal. So, what do you need to know before you consider adding windows to your garage door?
Can You Add Windows to a Garage Door Yourself?
Adding windows to an existing garage door yourself sounds simple — just replace a garage door panel with window glass, right?
In practice, it is not as simple as it looks. For one, your garage door has a delicate balance. The torsion springs are designed to lift just the weight of your current garage door. Adding windows will change that weight and could throw off the whole system.
Furthermore, since you are not a professional, it’s easy to make a mistake and break the window or damage the door. If you do, you will probably void the door’s warranty and be on the hook for fixing it yourself. You’re much better off having a professional put in your windows. They understand how to balance your garage door, have experience with putting in windows and are much more likely to do it right. They take on all the risk for you, too.
Should I Install Windows in My Existing Garage Door Windows or Buy a New Garage Door With Windows?
It depends. If your existing garage door is relatively new, you may not be ready to invest in a new garage door. However, if your current garage door is five to 10 years old, wanting windows could present a great opportunity to purchase a new garage door.
Clopay® has some amazing garage doors that can breathe new life into your home’s exterior. Your new door could be a much better match for your home — it will also come freshly painted and with all new parts. If your current garage door is ten years or older and you want windows, we normally recommend that you buy a new door.
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Buy or Repair Your Garage Door With A-All Style Garage Door
If you are in the Naperville, Plainview, Bolingbrook, Lockport areas, contact A-All Style Garage Door for assistance in deciding if you should install windows in your existing door, or a free estimate on a new door with windows to replace your current door.