5 Things to Consider Before Upgrading to a Garage Door With Windows

There are quite a few options homeowners have when it comes to selecting a new garage door. One of these options is the choice of whether or not to install a door with a window. Beyond style, there are quite a few things to consider before making this selection. Learn about some of the factors to keep in mind before you make your pick.

1. Security

A window does more than provide a place to look out, it also allows a great way for criminals to look inside. If you keep highly valuable items inside your garage, carefully consider adding windows as it could present security concerns. However, if you live in an area with a low crime rate or have a good home security system, you should be okay.

2. Curb Appeal

Garage door windows range in options from those with a row of windows at the top to modern options with top-to-bottom windows. Should you prefer the latter option, prepare to keep your garage relatively neat if you want to maintain your home's curb appeal since this style of door offers a good view inside just about every corner of your garage. 

3. Added Expenses

Depending on the age of your home, you may want to budget a little more for installation cost. Typically, doors with windows weigh more than those without windows. If your current opener system is older it may not support the added weight requirements. You will need to upgrade the opener system as well. Do not worry, the installer can verify the specs of your new door and current opener system.

4. Climate Control

If you use your garage beyond car storage, review the climate control changes a door with windows might introduce. Windows allow for heat loss during the winter and heat intake during the summer. If you live in a climate with mild weather, you should be fine. However, otherwise, you may want to add a temperature regulating option to the space.

5. Homeowners Association

Review the community bylaws if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner's association. Some communities have restrictions on the type of door owners can install, including those with windows. Rather than install a new door that you will have to remove, make sure it is authorized first to save yourself time and money.

If you have additional questions about what style of door to install, it is always best to speak with garage door contractors who can assist with the selection and installation processes.