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Learning From Home Renovations

Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.

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Four Things To Know Before Adding Windows To Your Garage Door

First off, why should you add windows to your garage door? Windows on the garage door add a significant amount of curb appeal to your home. They make your home appear more welcome and they even add natural light in your garage space, making it safer to park in and out of and even work in. However, before adding garage door windows to your garage, you should know these four things:

  1. Your Garage Door Brand: First off, you need to know what brand garage door you have since some garage doors cannot have windows added to them. Instead, you will have to replace the garage door with a new one with windows. However, this isn't usually the case since most garage doors can have windows installed. You also need to know the dimensions, thickness, and whether or not it has deep grooves or rectangular motifs. This is going to help the garage door company you hire determine the best method for adding windows to the garage door. 
  2. Window Placement: Next, you want to know where you would prefer the window placement to be. This is going to depend on how you use your garage in most cases. For example, if you only use the garage for parking your vehicle, then you might be okay with any window placement since privacy isn't exactly an issue. You also might want window placement that is going to bring in the most natural lighting if you work in your garage. If you store many personal belongings in the garage, on the other hand, then you definitely want windows to be on the highest section of the garage door for privacy reasons. 
  3. Style of Home Windows: Adding garage door windows that are completely different in style from the other windows on your home can seriously damage curb appeal. For this reason, it's important that you are picking the window style carefully. Take pictures of the windows on your home and compare the look with the window styles that your garage door company has to offer. 
  4. Spring System Needs to be Changed: When you add windows to your garage door, you need to keep in mind that the spring system needs to be changed because it needs to be able to handle the added weight of the garage door. This is why it costs a bit more to add windows to your garage door, so keep this in mind and be prepared for it. 

When you know these four things before adding windows to your garage door, you can be better prepared for the process and end up with a beautiful outcome that gives your home the curb appeal you were hoping for. Contact a garage service, like Dorsey Garage Doors, for more help.