When it comes to purchasing garage doors, it pays to do your research. Whether you have recently purchased a new home or would simply like to upgrade your existing property, there are a number of factors to take into consideration.

The first thing that most people consider is security and privacy. Many people prefer windowless doors for these exact reasons, though this also results in a dark and gloomy space that can feel quite hostile. If you were hoping to utilise your garage as a home office space, fitness zone or workshop, the lack of natural lighting will pose a significant barrier. If your goal is to incorporate natural light to your existing garage space, read on for further information and tips as to how you can best accomplish this.

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CAN I ADD WINDOWS TO MY EXISTING GARAGE DOOR?
Luckily for you, it’s unlikely that you would ever need to buy a new door altogether in order to bring natural lighting into your garage space. More often than not, adding windows to existing doors is a practical, safe and inexpensive way to solve your problem. Adding windows to garage doors can not only drastically enhance the appearance of your home, but also hold the potential to add significant value to your house, which is an undeniable bonus if you decide to sell or rent your home in the future.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT WINDOW DESIGN?
If you’ve ever had to purchase a garage door, you’ll know that there are plenty of styles, shapes and sizes to choose from. Well, if you’re looking to purchase a garage door window, you’re in for a similar experience.

If you can’t quite visualise the look you’re hoping to achieve, take a quick drive around your neighbourhood and take note of the styles that other homeowners have chosen for their garage. If curb appeal is important to you, aim for a window that not only complements your garage door, but also the exterior style of your home as a whole.

WHERE SHOULD I POSITION THE WINDOW/S?
An important consideration is how high up the garage door you’d like to position your windows. If your aim is to maximise the amount of natural light available, your best bet is to place your windows in the higher sections of your panels. This will also aid with privacy and security, as people passing by will not be able to see inside your garage.

On the contrary, if you’d prefer to optimise airflow, selecting ventilated windows and positioning them on the bottom door panel can be the perfect solution for those warm days.

WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER IN TERMS OF INSTALLATION?
Unless you’re an industry expert yourself, it’s unlikely that you’d be well versed in the ways that a garage door’s spring system can be impacted due to window installation.

Garage door springs are delicate in both their structure and design, which means that even a slight adjustment to the weight can cause a potentially dangerous disproportion. In some cases, a spring system adjustment may be necessary when adding windows to garage doors. Due to the complexity of this process, always opt for an experienced and professional garage door technician to complete the project. Remember – No discount is worth endangering the safety of those within your home.

If you have any further questions about adding windows to your garage door or would like to get in touch for a quote or consultation of your own, please feel free to contact us on 1300 767 900 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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