The Pros and Cons of Having a Garage Door with Windows

The Pros and Cons of Having a Garage Door with Windows

If you're in the market for a new garage door, whether that be a classic up & over garage door, or even a side-hinged garage door, there are many options & varieties to choose from. This is where it can become difficult, as you're left with choosing from many options that may not be the ‘best fit' for what you want to use your garage for.

You may have never had a garage door with windows, but it does have some great benefits that can help you maximise the use of your garage. However, like with anything, it does have its drawbacks.

The pros of having a garage door with windows

Enjoy the benefits of seeking sunlight instead of flipping on the light-switch - the main benefit of installing a garage door with windows is natural lighting. This, of course, depends on what you're using the garage space for & if you want to convert the garage in a home gym, workshop or home office.

If you're converting your garage into a home office, you'll want to enjoy all the productivity benefits that natural light brings - plus it's well known that natural sunlight improves your mood.

Great aesthetics & increases curb appeal - You may be getting ready to sell your home shortly, & perhaps your old garage door is looking a little bit worn. Instead of just having solid panels, having windows installed breaks up the pattern to add great contrast to a standard garage door.

The disadvantages of having a garage door with windows

Security & Privacy - whilst having these windows will allow you to operate in the garage without opening the door for natural light, it provides a viewing window for thieves to take a good look at your garage contents. However, to mitigate this issue, frosted panels are available to uphold the privacy of your garage.

Lack of insulation - If you're looking to spend a significant amount of time in your garage, you're likely to want some insulation, especially during the winter months. Installing windows in your garage door mean that you will be sacrificing some insulation.

Operation & Cost - Adding a window to your garage door will cost more, so if you're on a budget, this may not be the best option for you. Aside from the cost, if not manufactured to a high standard & fitted properly by a professional, adding windows to a garage door can throw off the balance of the garage door. If the correct door springs are not installed & calibrated properly, the door motion can cause damage to the door.

Whatever you decide fits your needs better, please get in touch with our expert team, who will be able to advise you on your specific requirements.