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Garage Door Window Installation for Homeowners

11/25/2017

Installing Windows on a Garage DoorIf you’re planning on installing windows for a garage door, there’s a few important things to keep in mind. We’ve seen a few cases where homeowners take a do-it-yourself approach and take it upon themselves to cut out openings and install the windows themselves.

Unfortunately, this often leads issues with garage door balance. Most doors are tuned to handle a certain weight and when you modify the panel by installing windows, you can completely offset the balance.

When installing windows, you might also need to include new garage door springs in your budget. Sometimes your current springs might be capable of handling the additional weight with some tuning, but it depends on what type of springs you have installed.

Where to Install the Windows?

Typically, most homeowners choose to install the windows on the uppermost section of the garage. This provides the best balance between visibility, privacy, and light intake.

One important thing to note, however, is that regardless of where you install the windows, anyone can look inside. For this reason, you may want to consider privacy windows that make it difficult to peer inside.

Don’t Forget Matching Windows!

Remember – your garage door windows should match your home’s other windows. While this sounds like common sense, many homeowners install windows only to realize later on they don’t match at all!

Preventative Garage Door Repair Tips

The best repair tips for garage doors are preventative. If you can stop the damage from being done in the first place, you’ll get more life out of your garage door and avoid causing unnecessary expense. One of the most important things you can do is listen to it every once in a while. Does it roll smoothly or is it jerky in places? Do you hear any grinding noises? You could try tightening up the hardware, including any rollers and moving parts, with a wrench. Every once in a while, it’s also good to test the balance. You can do this by releasing it from the opener and opening it halfway. Does it lean one way or the other? If so, your door may be out of balance.

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