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Garage Door Window Installation: Tips & Advice

04/21/2017

Installing Windows on a Garage DoorWindows are an easy to way add a sleek and modern design to the front of your garage door. Not only that, they increase your curb appeal and can add significant value to your home. This can be especially important for people looking to sell their home as garage door windows are a great way to stand out from the competition!

But before you go and install windows, there are a few important things to consider.

1) Are they compatible with your current garage door?

Most garage doors are compatible with window installations – but not all. Before you decide to take on this project, it’s important to ensure your choice of windows is compatible with your current garage door. If not, you may need to purchase new garage doors. Since some doors come with windows pre-installed, this could be a good option if you’re not sure about window compatibility.

2) You may need a garage door spring calibration.

Most garage door springs are calibrated to handle a specific weight. Depending on your window selection, this could lead to an unbalanced door. Plan ahead and know that your springs may need to be recalibrated after installation.

3) What kind of windows do you need?

Before you have garage door windows installed, think about why you want them in the first place. If you’re looking to increase the natural light in your garage, clear window panes can work well. But be warned this may allow unwanted guests to see what you have inside your garage. If you’re worried about security, you can use tinted panes or install on the highest panel of the door. Double insulated panes are also a good option for those worried about insulation.

4) DIY or hire a professional?

There’s no shortage of window installation tutorials online for DIYers interested in setting up their own garage door windows. But is it wise to do it on your own?

The answer is… it depends. If you know what you’re doing and are 100% sure that the windows are compatible, it can be a good way to save money. Hopefully, you also know how to recalibrate your garage door springs. It’s important to understand that you’ll be cutting holes in your garage door so if the windows don’t fit, you’ll be left with a damaged door.

By working with an insured garage door repair company, you can rest assured that you’ll receive a quality installation without the risks involved.

Garage Door Maintenance Tricks for Winter

We’re nearing the winter season and with it comes more garage door breakdowns. This usually occurs due to temperature fluctuations. The best way to avoid this is to learn how to maintain a garage door or hire a professional for a tune-up. If you want to do-it-yourself, start by inspect all the parts on your door. Look for signs of damage or loose parts. If you see any rust, be sure to remove it or replace the rusted part. It’s also important to apply a white lithium grease or silicone spray to the hinges, springs, and other metal parts.

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