The Pros and Cons of Garage Doors with Windows

Are you in the market for a new garage door?  There are many options and varieties to choose from.  These include classic up & over garage doors, or even a side-hinged garage door.  This range of choices can cause difficulty for some, because some options may not be the best fit for your needs.

You may have never had a garage door with windows.  Windows in your garage can really help you to maximize its use.  However, there can also be drawbacks.  We’ve listed some of the pros and cons below.

The pros of having a garage door with windows

Enjoy the benefits of natural light with a garage door with windows

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 it’s simply for parking your car, lighting is unlikely to be an issue.  Alternatively, if you’d like to use it as a home gym, workshop or office, you could definitely use a bit more light.

In the case of using your garage as a home office, it’s important to know that natural light is proven to increase productivity.  Plus, studies have proven that natural sunlight improves your mood.

Great aesthetics & increased kerb appeal

Are you thinking of selling your home in the near future?  If your garage door is looking a little worn, you should think about buying a new one before you sell.  Garages with windows are much more aesthetically pleasing.  So instead of solid panels, consider having windows installed for instant kerb appeal.

The disadvantages of having a garage door with windows

Security & Privacy

The addition of windows will allow you to see clearly in the garage without opening the door for natural light.  However, it also provides an opportunity for thieves to take a good look at your garage contents. To mitigate this issue, frosted panels are available for a bit of privacy!

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 means that you will be sacrificing a bit of warmth.

Operation and 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.

When not manufactured to a high standard and fitted by a professional, windows can throw off the balance of the garage door. Also, if your installer has not fitted and calibrated the correct door springs, the door motion can cause damage.

If you’d like some help in deciding the best fit for your needs, please get in touch with our expert team.  We will be able to advise you on your specific requirements.