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New Garage Doors With Windows: The Pros and Cons

New Garage Doors With Windows: The Pros and Cons

New Garage Doors With Windows: The Pros and Cons

Well, here it is mid-April and folks around the country have made drastic life changes due to the pandemic. In efforts to combat this beast, we're all spending A LOT more time at home - working remotely, schooling our kids and using the time to catch up on things around the house... including home repairs and improvements. So today, we'll answer common questions about adding garage door windows to a door's design.

Why do some St. Louis homeowners choose a new garage door with windows and others prefer to go windowless? Well, as most things in life there are pros and cons. Here's what you need to know....

Garage Door Windows Set The Stage For Style

Style is by far the biggest factor for adding the window option! Why? Because by adding windows to your garage door, you'll not only boost your home's curb appeal, windows themselves define the door's style.

What do we mean by that?

Let's, for example, take your typical, 'run-of-the-mill' steel garage door. Next add windows. VOILA... a 'basic' steel door is transformed and a traditional or contemporary look unfolds with three simple variables: garage door window size, shape and placement.

Here, take a look...

white two car garage on a red brick house

Shown above: Two single, white steel garage doors with short panels and frosted glass windows by ProLift Garage Doors.

Gray steel, double garage door with textured short panel design

Shown above: Gray steel, double garage door with textured short panel design and extra long, top row windows by ProLift Garage Doors.

Soft gray, steel garage doors with small square, tinted windows and matching vertical stack placement for each single door

Shown above: Soft gray, steel garage doors with small square, tinted windows and matching vertical stack placement for each single door by ProLift Garage Doors.

Sidenote: No matter the garage door material - steel, composite, solid wood, fiberglass - adding windows will easily boost the style.

Garage Door Windows Add Depth and Dimension

Better curb appeal is the second reason St. Louis homeowners choose to include windows in their garage door design.

Since many street-facing garage doors make up and take up a large percentage of your home's facade - often 30% to 40% - most folks include windows in their garage door to (1) break up an otherwise 'blocky' appearance of two single doors or one double and (2) to better integrate the garage into the rest of the home's exterior design.

Here is a before/after photo that illustrates the point well....

ingle garage doors without windows replaced by doors with long panels and long rectangular windows with a vertical stack placement

Shown above: Single garage doors without windows replaced by doors with long panels and long rectangular windows with a vertical stack placement by ProLift Garage Doors.

Garage Door Windows Brighten Up Your Garage Interior

Besides customizing the look of your home while enhancing your curb appeal, windows in a door allows natural light to flow into your garage. In practical terms, you'll brighten up the garage and reap the benefits of daylight. And nowadays, garage door windows with various types of specialty glass can provide insulation and preserve your privacy too.

Inside view of newly installed, insulated faux wood, steel garage door with large top row windows and insulated glass.

Shown above: Inside view of newly installed, insulated faux wood, steel garage door with large top row windows and insulated glass.

When To Go 'Windowless'

  • You simply prefer the style of a garage door without windows.
  • Garage door windows can add a bit of cost to the overall price of a door so if your budget is tight, forego the windows.
  • Parents with active children who LOVE to play ball outside (and that's a really good thing!) often see garage door windows as an 'accident waiting to happen'. Eliminate the windows and eliminate the hassle of a broken window.
  • Concerns about security. (New specialty glass can increase privacy.)
  • Want to maximize energy efficiency. (New insulated glass windows can increase energy efficiency.)

Long panel steel garage doors without windows in a trending dark color

Shown above: Long panel steel garage doors without windows in a trending dark color by ProLift Garage Doors.

Key Takeaways:

No matter if your new garage door is made of steel, wood, composite or aluminum, use garage door windows to complement (or create) a particular home style - traditional, mid century modern, contemporary, craftsman, farmhouse and more.

But hold on. There's more...

Other benefits of ANY new garage door include: beefed-up security, improved insulation and energy efficiency, noise reduction, new conveniences with 'smart' apps and technology for complete garage door control from anywhere, anytime.

In the end, any new garage door - with or without windows - is a risk free home improvement project with (nearly) 100% ROI. Without a doubt, when you update your garage door, you'll up your home's value. And here's where to go to learn why: 'Remodeling Cost vs Value Report'.

New double, carriage house style garage door with arched windows and grilles

Shown above: New double, carriage house style garage door with arched windows and grilles by ProLift Garage Doors.

Next Steps:

Since the pandemic was declared, folks wonder if we're open for business. Because garage door repair and replacement is considered an 'essential service,' we ARE open and operating normally while taking every necessary precaution against COVID-19 for everyone's safety - yours and ours. Best of all, we never need to step foot in your home for either repairs or new door installations.

So... are you wondering if it's the right time to replace your garage door? Or maybe you'd like to service your existing door with a safety check, tune-up, repairs and maintenance? Either way, we can help.

St. Louis homeowners trust us because - we not only work here and live here - we're homeowners just like you. We're centrally located in St. Louis West County and serve residents and businesses throughout Greater St. Louis – give us a try. You'll be glad you did.

Here's how to get in touch:

If you'd like, pick up the phone and give us a call at (636) 362-6960.

Can't talk right now? Our new website has nifty features for asking questions 24/7 with messaging and/or chat. You can even schedule your appointment online if you like. Just go here: Pro-Lift Garage Doors of St. Louis.

In the meantime, we're all in this together and we'll get through this St. Louis!

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