Garage door windows are windows that simply are installed into garage doors to give the doors a more distinctive touch. Often, these windows are too far above the height of most people to truly be functional in the way most windows are. Rather, they are simply decorative features, though they may have a secondary use of allowing some additional natural light into a garage area.
One of the benefits of garage door windows is they take the industrial, monotonous look away from the door. They make the garage a more inviting place and offer yet another distinctive way to customize a home. Many different styles of window, including plain windows, dissected windows, and some unique shapes may be available. The type of glass can further customize the look, providing garage door windows with a unique look that may be hard to find anywhere else.
Due to the fact that most overhead garage doors are paneled, garage door windows must fit within these panels. Garage door panels help compose the straight horizontal sections that break up and then come back together when an overhead garage door is moving up and down along the curve of the track. Without these panels, garage doors could not exist in their current configuration. Therefore, it is natural to use these panels as guides for garage door windows.
Despite this seeming limitation, it does not mean that there are not options beyond those panels. Many manufacturers of garage door windows have designs that work across these panels and complement each other in a comprehensive design effort. Even without such a design enhancement, garage door windows are still sure to add some aesthetic value to the door.
The most common time to install a garage door windows in existing doors may be when they are being repaired. Often, certain garage door panels will wear out before others do. Instead of buying replacement panels, it may be good time to consider windows. The other popular option is to choose garage doors with windows or options for windows before installation. A homeowner may choose a garage door simply because it already has windows pre-installed.
Those considering garage door windows should also be aware their current garage door opener equipment may not work well on such a garage door. In some cases, reinforcement will be needed in order to make sure the garage door works properly. While this may be an additional step, not following directions exactly may void any warranty that comes with a garage door with windows.