Add Natural Light with Garage Door Windows

Nov 24, 2022

Garage Doors

8 minute read

Home improvement is a fun and creative way to brighten up your home. From a fresh coat of paint to new garage doors, there are nearly zero limits to how you can express your unique style in the home’s exterior. 

Garage door windows are one way to add a bit of flare to your home and bring in some natural light. As you explore some of your options, you may find that there are surprisingly a lot of windows to choose from. You can also find inspiration from other homeowners who chose garage doors with windows to bring in the sunlight.  Let’s take a look at some of those options and show you how easy it is to design a garage door with natural lighting. 

Create a sunny ambience with floor-to-ceiling windows, customized for your home.
Create a sunny ambience with floor-to-ceiling windows, customized for your home.

Three reasons why you should choose a design with garage door windows

Your garage door is a major part of your home’s appearance.  It adds curb appeal while also securing the largest entrance to your home; however, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice design or style.  Let’s explore some reasons you may consider adding windows to your garage door design.

Save money with natural lighting

Instead of depending on the overhead light inside your garage, you can enjoy natural light from small or large windows as you go in and out of your garage.   Also, if you are like other homeowners who may have a fridge or your washer and dryer in the garage, the natural light allows you to have more mobility and ease of use within your garage.  By not having to always worry about flipping a switch on and off for lighting, you can enjoy the economical and functional benefits of garage door windows.

Let the sun light up the inside of your garage.
Let the sun light up the inside of your garage.

The energy benefits may be incremental as well.  Over the lifetime of your home, taking advantage of natural light, as opposed to electrical lighting, could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. With these window options, you will decrease the need to use electricity and not have to worry about forgetting to turn off the lights.

Improve curb appeal

Since the front of your home typically showcases your garage doors, having beautifully designed panels with windows can make a huge difference in the look of your home. Neglecting to spruce up this focal point could be a huge miss for increasing your curb appeal not only from a design aspect but from a financial one as well.   Adding windows to the panels could break up the large pieces of steel and offer some dimension to your home.

Your garage door can make a statement or blend into the style of your home.
Your garage door can make a statement or blend into the style of your home.

There are several options homeowners can choose from to include this design element. For example, our mosaic window options add natural lighting while also creating a sleak, modern design. You can also take almost any of the Amarr steel garage doors and add window inserts to enhance your curb appeal. 

See what a new garage door with windows would look like on your home.  

Release your creative spirit while customization of your garage door

The creativity you express on your garage door design can make the project personalized and fun while also achieving your lighting goals. When you drive up and down your neighborhood or your favorite areas for inspiration, you may see a variety of custom garage doors with windows. 

You will notice different designs, sizes, numbers of panels and so much more. From symmetrical styles to arching designs, window tint to tempered glass, your garage door can really come to life and tell the colorful story of your home. 

If you are thinking about starting a remodeling project to include new garage doors or you are simply just wanting a change from the ordinary garage doors you have, adding windows to the design will certainly add natural light while maintaining security and longevity.

How to choose your new garage door with windows

So now you may be asking, where do I start with my new garage door design?  It’s quite simple since window selections are really about personal preference for the most part as well as where the door will be installed.

Whether you are looking for a basic steel garage door with windows or more of a high end aluminum glass garage door to add natural light, the best first step is to evaluate the architectural style of your home.  Think about how your garage door can improve the exterior look of your home.  Ask yourself would a darker tinted glass complement the look of my home?  Or would a clear glass option make more sense?  You then must also take a 180 turn and think about the interior of the garage door.  How would each of these options influence the amount of light you want to come through into the garage?  Or you may be on the trending bandwagon of using garage doors inside of the home.  If so, you still must think about both sides of the garage door and how you want it to look regarding your window selection.

There are many designs to choose from to make the selection process easier, so let’s take a look at some options.

Personalized garage window placement

If you’re looking for a mid-century modern look, you’re not alone. This is a trending style of home which is utilizing garage doors with windows to add natural light.  If you are wanting a minimalist yet stylish style of garage door to spruce up your exterior home design, then mosaic windows are a perfect solution. Even with mosaic windows, you have rectangular options or boxy, bold choices. Personalized window placement can take a drab steel door and turn it into a work of art with minimal effort.

Full view garage doors 

Want an indoor-outdoor look that makes your home easily flow from the den to the side porch while letting a ton of sunlight inside your home? Then the Horizon or Vista full view garage doors are the best choice.   With nearly floor-to-ceiling windows, you get a stacked glass look. You can customize the frame around the windows with a variety of color options that match the style of your home. It’s a modern look you shouldn’t pass up because the natural lighting can help improve every aspect of your home’s style.

Garage door-style windows can take your indoor space to an outdoor play area.
Garage door-style windows can take your indoor space to an outdoor play area.

Olympus collection

Energy efficiency is vital in a world looking for environmentally friendly options. With available triple-layer construction and a superior insulation R-value of 13.35 to 19.40, the Amarr Olympus collection offers durable, low-maintenance doors that give you the ultimate in quiet operation and energy efficiency. This is an excellent choice for long-lasting materials and a design that is truly timeless. With 20+ window insert options, you can truly find the best garage door with windows to meet your lighting needs. 

Hillcrest collection

If you’re looking for great value and a stylish look, the Hillcrest collection is a great choice. This collection offers a variety of options from recessed door designs to long and basic bead board panel options. Not only can you choose the panel design to best suit your needs but you can also include a panel design with window inserts.  From the Victorian window option to the Sunray option, your garage will not only bring in the best lighting but will also exude elegance and quality without breaking the bank.

Tap into the color scheme of your home to create a seamless design.
Tap into the color scheme of your home to create a seamless design.

Heritage carriage house

Need elegant ranch-style garage doors that are low maintenance and highly durable? The Heritage Carriage House garage doors by Amarr are just that and more. You can choose any number of colors, from almond to walnut, black to sandstone. The Arched Thames glass windows are available plus 16 other window insert options.  You can also add the WindPro feature for wind load reinforcement meant to withstand high wind pressures. You can also choose from over 4 different types of glass color to control the amount of lighting that enters through the windows depending on your wants and expectations. 
Find a trusted Amarr in your area who can answer any additional questions you have about designing or installing garage doors with windows.