Should You Add Windows To Your Garage?

When renovating your garage, something you should take into consideration is whether or not you want your garage to have windows. Adding windows to the garage can have many benefits, especially if you plan to use your garage for more than just storage.

Pros & Cons of Garage Windows

Pros:

  • Natural light: Windows provide light without having to open the garage door or turn on a light, causing the space to be brighter and feel more homey. It also reduces your lighting costs, since you won’t have to flip on the lightswitch every time you enter your garage.
  • Ventilation: If you opt for wall windows that can be opened, windows will create an airflow in your garage and reduce the smell of must without having to open the door.
  • Increased curb appeal: Garage door windows can really boost your garage’s curb appeal by accentuating your garage door. This can add resale value to your home and make your garage look more cohesive with the rest of your home.
  • Increases garage usability: Adding windows to your garage can make the garage feel like another room in the house, and gives you the option of turning your garage into a home office, fitness room, or a living space.
  • Customization: Windows come in several shapes and sizes, with many different glass finishes to choose from, so that you can have the aesthetic that you want in your garage.

Cons:

  • Security concerns: Windows always increase the risk of security issues. If you opt for wall windows in your garage, you will need to be diligent in ensuring that they are closed and locked when you are not using your garage.

If you tend to store valuables or expensive equipment in your garage, or if you are concerned about people seeing into your garage, consider opting for tinted or frosted windows, or placing them high up. There are also security measures you can put in place to keep your garage as safe as possible.

  • Insulation issues: If you do not get insulated windows, you will notice that the temperature of your garage changes with the weather, which is not ideal. Low-quality windows can let drafts into your living space and lower your home’s energy efficiency. However, as long as you choose a high-quality glass for your windows and have them professionally installed, this shouldn’t be an issue.
  • Glass is breakable: Since there’s always the possibility of glass breaking, you may want to invest in getting thicker, impact-resistant glass for your garage windows, especially if you live in a busy neighborhood or a place with harsh weather conditions.
  • Cost: You will have to decide if the cost of high-quality windows and the installation process is worth the investment, and whether it will bring more value to your home.

Continue reading the article here...