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  Garage door window inserts

When searching for the perfect garage door, the possibilities are endless. A variety of materials, styles, and colors are available, but one unique option to consider is a garage door with windows.  Garage door window pane inserts are increasingly gaining in popularity by homeowners that desire more design choices or to better match their specific home style. Here is everything you need to know about this current trend.

Benefits of garage door windows

Whether you are buying your first home or replacing your current garage, garage window inserts have many benefits. One of the biggest differences that can be noticed is the increase in natural light within the garage. You don’t need to rely on an overhead ceiling bulb to illuminate a rather dark space.

Another significant benefit of adding garage door inserts is the increase in home design appeal. Many home designs put the garage door on display front and center facing the street which can take up a good portion of a home’s design. Adding windows to a home’s profile breaks up the solid sheet of steel and can make your home feel much more inviting. Garage door windows are an easy way to give your home character and set it apart from others nearby. 

Garage door window pane inserts can be one of the best investments you can make for your home. Homeowners can expect to recoup about 100 percent of the money spent in installing a new garage door at resale according to the Cost vs. Value 2018 report. 

Picking the right window insert

Garage door windows are very customizable and allow you to select from a variety of styles, shapes, and patterns giving you the chance to create a one-of-a-kind garage door. Depending on where you live, impact-rated glass meets specific building codes for different altitudes and is designed with a stabilizer to equalize any pressure differences. Also, as garage door noise is notorious, use Climate Seal window inserts to insulate windows. It can be used for both weatherproofing and soundproofing the inserts. Another garage door window consideration is to match the style of the decorative inserts for garage door windows to the style of your entry door and the rest of the windows in your home to create a more cohesive look. Luckily, there is an abundance of styles and window patterns to choose from. 

Selecting window inserts depending on the style of the home can be simple once you identify what you are looking for. For example, if you have a more modern style home, or are just looking for a lot of natural light, then a plain tinted style might suit you. If your home has a more southern ranch profile, larger rectangular garage door inserts will fit better with your aesthetic. Working with a design consultant can help you find what best fits your home and look. 

What to keep in mind before installing garage door window inserts

There are a couple of things to keep in mind before installing garage door window inserts. From a complete design perspective, by installing windows in your garage you can capitalize on one of the biggest home trends right now. The combination of material can elevate the look of your home and give you a more warm, classic feel that is highly sought out by many in the market. 

A large concern for homeowners is the safety of garage door windows. From a structural standpoint, the garage window inserts are very safe and do not affect the overall stability of a garage door. However, as the windows are made of glass, similar to other windows within your home, any damage would require a replacement and that is something to be mindful of, especially if you live in extreme weather conditions. 

Slight adjustments to the weight of the door can potentially impact the entire structure due to the precise design of garage doors. The spring system can only withstand a certain amount of weight on the door and can damage the door and motor. You must be aware that the spring system may need to be changed to keep your garage door working properly with the new garage door window inserts.

Privacy is another factor that can turn away some homeowners from the trend. Although most garage door windows are located at the top row of the garage door, there are options other than clear glass that are available like aluminum and tempered glass. Other design ideas include acrylic, frosted, tinted, or mirrored glass which all have their element of style and privacy. 

How to install garage door window inserts

When considering installing garage door window inserts, most experts recommend buying a completely new garage door with windows due to a couple of potential issues. As mentioned earlier, the door spring can be affected and is a big concern that needs to be considered. Weight can even cause issues with the automatic door opener. Color matching can also be a concern when you replace specific panels as the color fades over time in the sun and the finish on the new garage door section can differ from the rest. With those concerns aside, if you do choose to install garage door window inserts to a preexisting garage door, here is how to do it. 

 

Most garage doors are composed of five or more panels that are bolted in place which allow the door to roll up and down. Depending on the type of garage door your home has, it can have horizontal or vertical panels and you can replace one or more of these panels with windows to achieve a different aesthetic. When selecting a window panel insert, choose a panel that matches the type of garage door you have like steel, aluminum, or metal. If you do have an insulated garage door, you need to select an insulated window insert to match. At this point, replacing the garage door spring to properly match the newly modified door is crucial. For this reason, professional installation is strongly recommended.

How to change garage door window inserts

If professional help isn’t required to replace the window inserts, there are a couple of steps to follow to successfully replace your window inserts. When replacing a window insert, you could potentially expose broken glass and other sharp edges so it is important to wear protective gear whenever you make any replacements or repairs. 

First, instruct someone to help you hold the outside of the window frame while removing the screws from the inside retainer with a screwdriver. Then pull the retainer out of the door and carefully remove any broken glass. Insert the new glass pane, reinsert the screws into the inside retainer and screw them down to secure the glass. For further assistance, check out some videos online that provide a more in-depth vision of the process. 

How to clean garage door window inserts

For most garage door glass inserts, it is perfectly fine to use mild dishwashing soap and a soft cloth to clean the surface of the windows. Some garage doors have decorative inserts that can be snapped in and out for easy cleaning. When it comes to cleaning Climate Seal window inserts – make sure to use Brillianize Cleaner®, which is recommended for all reflective surfaces.

How to remove decorative garage door window inserts

Removable garage door window inserts normally have snaps for easy removal. To remove, use the four tabs of the insert from under the edge of the window frame and remove them. Pull the insert out of the window and there is one tab on each side of the window. 

How to remove garage door plastic window inserts

To remove the garage door plastic window inserts, search for screws securing the insert to the inside of the window frame. Remove these screws using a drill and insert the tip of a knife between the window and grid on one side. Try to pry the grid out of the frame and if it doesn’t come out, move the knife a few inches and pry again until it loosens. Then pry out the other side. Place the new insert in place inside the frame and use a wood block to tap the corners into the frame one at a time. Insert the original screws into place and use a drill to tighten them and there you go!

Conclusion

Garage door window inserts are a very popular trend amongst homeowners today. With such low cons, the process elevates a home easily and can bring a home’s value up in the market. The renovation is a great choice to naturally boost your home’s aesthetic. If you want to enjoy both aesthetics and add another layer of thermal and noise protection – you know that our experts can help you. Contact us right away! 

FAQ

Can you replace garage door window inserts?

Yes, you can replace garage door window inserts. While professional assistance is recommended, you can complete the replacement yourself with a couple of steps. 

How do you replace a garage door window insert?

Depending on the type of garage door window insert, it can be as simple as unsnapping buttons or using a drill to unscrew screws and replace the window that way. 

How much does it cost to add windows to a garage door?

On average, homeowners spend between $470 and $8,000 to install a full garage door. To add windows, the cost is around $25 – $55 per window including labor. 

Should I put a window in my garage?

If you are looking for a simple way to elevate the design and aesthetic of your home, then window inserts for your garage are a great choice!

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