Looking to customize a garage door?
When you want to renovate the exterior of your home, several decisions will need to be made. These include the choices of siding, the style of the doors and windows, color selection and combinations, and landscaping. Planning is just as important when the time comes to build or renovate a garage or shed.
Just like the doors and windows of a house, the garage door is a key architectural element that can transform your property as it occupies up 25% to 45% of the front of the house. Whether your garage door is made of steel, aluminum, or fully glazed, it gives a unique character to your home and creates quite a visual impact. Fortunately, Garex has many innovative customization options available to you.
This article will explain the various possibilities for personalizing your insulated garage door by adding windows. Windows on a garage door are an attractive and affordable feature to consider because they provide natural light for working in the garage, add a touch of originality, and can be matched to your front door and the windows of your home. They are simply a must!
Garex offers a variety of distinct and elegant window designs that allow you to tailor your garage door to your needs while respecting the architectural style of your home. Popular layouts include windows lined up horizontally in the 3rd or 4th panel of the door, and windows aligned vertically to the right or left. Some home renovators even customize the dimensions and disposition of their windows.
Depending on the selected design, Garex offers different window sizes that perfectly match the embossed patterns of the garage door. Other options include merging two small windows to create a larger one, combining several window styles to produce a one-of-a-kind design, and even substituting one or more isolated panels with panoramic windows.
Although square or rectangular windows fit seamlessly with the patterns of the garage door, rounded windows add some pizzazz. Curved windows that follow the arched line of a garage opening can create a stunning contrast with the other straight lines on the house. Certain constraints must, however, be considered regarding the maximum width (70 “or 1778 mm) and height (14” or 355.6 mm) of the glass. Likewise, a minimum distance of 6” or 150 mm is required between windows.
The frames keep the windows in place on the insulated door panels. Because they starkly outline the windows and are highly visible, the frames should match the style and color of the garage door as well as the architecture of your home. Two different styles are available: the Urban and Standard models.
Glass choices include clear, satin/frosted, and tinted at Garex. Also, depending on the desired type and thickness of the glass as well as on your needs and budget, glass options consist of standard or tempered, and single or double glass (a.k.a. insulated glass).
Tempered glass is a type of safety glass. If broken, it crumbles into small granular chunks that can easily be picked up. Double glass windows are a sealed product that provides greater insulation and limits the appearance of condensation between the glass panels. Double glass windows can be made with a combination of different glass types.
With such a large selection available, your choice will depend on the look you and your family want to give your garage or shed.
The grid style of your windows is another critical feature for creating a visual impact. Grids dress up the windows and add a touch of elegance to your garage door. White grids recall more of a country-style, while darker tones such as black or charcoal gray are generally associated with a more contemporary style.
Garex offers many ways to customize your window grid style, including sunburst patterns, linear configurations with two, three, four, five, six, eight, nine, ten squares and double rows, grid crossings with two, three, or four diamonds, or even straight and vertical grids following the window casing, like the Contour model.
Once you have selected a grid style, then you must choose from a variety of grid bar types: Georgian, rectangular or tubular, and an array of colors. Popular colors for bars include white, and chrome or brushed silver, but they can also be lead-gray, brass, or painted in your preferred color.
As you can see, the ways to customize your insulated garage door are virtually endless. However, proper installation is necessary to ensure good performance, insulation, and durability, regardless if it is for a new door or to give a new look to an existing one. Note that adding a large number of windows to an existing door may require changing or adjusting the springs.
Do not hesitate to call on one of Garex’s advisers to assist you in the planning, customization, and installation of your garage door manufactured here, in Quebec, and designed to offer the best energy efficiency on the market.
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