Can I Add Windows to My Existing Garage Door?
Let’s say you installed your garage door five years ago and, at the time, you ordered it without windows. Now you feel your garage is creepy and dark, and you’re wondering if you could add a few windows.
Can I add Windows to My Garage Door?
Yes, you can add windows to your garage door, even after the door is installed. Adding windows to your garage door enhances its architectural appeal and lets light in, making your garage feel a lot like an open room and less like a dark tunnel. Windows also add some level of beauty that sets your home apart. The good news is most garage doors give you the option of adding windows to enhance the look and feel of your home.
However, garage door windows come in a variety of shapes, designs and colors, from simple rectangles to complex curved or starburst designs. For this reason, you should choose windows that work well with the overall design and style of your house. Here are some factors you should consider before hiring a garage door window installation service.
Window Placement: Third or Fourth Section?
The location of the windows is one of the most important factors to consider. Placing windows at the top panel adds splendor to the door and allows more light into the garage while giving you some privacy. If you prefer to have a view of the outside of your garage, opt to place the windows in the third panel from the bottom. This gives them height without making it hard to see outside.
Do the Windows Complement the Style of My Home?
Most homeowners want to match their garage door windows to the windows in the rest of their home. For instance, if the windows at the front façade of the house are fitted with Georgian tiling, you will naturally want to harmonize every window to suit the overall style and look of the home.
Will I Cause an Imbalance in the Spring System?
Depending on the size and number of garage door windows you choose, you should know that adding them can create an imbalance in the spring system. Every spring system in garage doors withstands a maximum variance of only 5% of the entire weight of the door. For example, if the door weighs 120 pounds, the average weight of a nine by seven door, and you add windows on the upper portion of the door, the weight will increase and throw off the spring system. The spring system will, therefore, need to be changed.
Never overlook such details, because your garage door opener has to raise and lower the door whenever you open it. It works just the same way as any other machine. So, for a well- balanced door, you need no more than 8 to 10 pounds, an amount you can easily lift manually with a single hand.
Call Us for Professional Garage Door Window Installation
You shouldn’t try to do the installation on your own because installing windows in your garage door and ensuring everything is properly balanced requires expertise. Whether you want to add windows to let in more light or to beautify your garage door, we are here to help.
Our experts at Liberty Door and Awning know exactly how to address the specific needs of your garage door. Call Liberty Door and Awning today at 732-286-3677 for effective and efficient garage door window installation service.