Pros and Cons of Having Windows in Your Garage Door

What Factors to Consider When Adding Garage Door Windows

Windows in a garage door can be beneficial, but they can also be considered safety hazards. You should consider all of your options before you decide to place windows in your new garage door. Remember, you can go back and add windows later with most garage door models. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the garage door window.


  • Natural Light: Many people like to have natural light inside their garage and adding windows to a garage door will offer plenty of additional natural light.
  • Curb Appeal: Windows in your garage door may enhance the curb appeal of your home and can coordinate your garage door’s windows with the rest of your home’s windows.


  • Prying Eyes: Anyone will be able to look inside your garage if your garage door has windows. This will put your belongings and your family in danger.
  • Less Efficient: If you use your garage for more than parking a car and you need your garage to be as energy efficient as possible, then adding windows is not going to help at all.

So What Do I Do?

If the pros of adding windows outweigh the cons, then we suggest that you choose quality windows. The best window frame material that you can use for your garage door is polypropylene. It does not fade over time like other materials tend to do. The windows should be made with real glass.  Real glass prevents the windows from being scratched easily. Also, you should choose double panes instead of single pane. The materials will ensure that the windows cannot be broken easily and they will keep your garage more energy efficient.

When it comes to the safety of your belongings, we recommend that you only install windows in the top section of your garage door. You can even choose tinted or frosted glass for your windows. Both the location of the windows and the tint or frost will keep people from being able to see inside, yet you will still have the natural light that you desire.

Adding windows to a garage door can improve your curb appeal and make your garage a little more inviting. However, you will want to use caution and place your windows appropriately, so that people cannot see everything that you are storing inside. Safety should be your number one priority and we can assist you with any questions that you may have.

Call The Overhead Door Company at 813-885-3667 for more assistance explaining the pros and cons of windows in the garage door. We have been helping homeowners with garage doors for more than 60 years. Check our website regularly for coupons and discounts on services. We occasionally run specials for donations to certain charities that we’ve supported for years. Follow us on Facebook for the latest in garage door safety and how to maintain your garage door.

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