See the Difference: Upgrade to a Full View Glass Garage Door
If you are looking to upgrade your garage to a more stylish, industrial look, full view glass garage doors are the way to go. This stunning update to your garage frames out the entire door with windows, which creates a clean, elegant look that brings attention to an otherwise drab and dated feature of the home. Instead of using the garage as an overstuffed storage space, these fully-paned glass garage doors will allow you to showcase the automobiles you love while presenting an impressive view into your home via the well-appointed, tidy garage.
What Is the Difference Between Glass and Traditional Garage Doors?
Most traditional garage doors are made of steel and use springs, tracks, and hinges to operate. These doors sometimes have small windows in them, but they are primarily a decorative feature to allow a bit of natural light into the garage.
Full view glass doors are constructed a bit differently. Instead of steel, aluminum is used in the manufacture of glass garage doors. This provides the best housing for the large panes of glass that give the room more of an indoor/outdoor feel. Glass thickness options allow you to choose what best suits your needs for your garage. Standard ⅛” and ¼” options are available, and insulated glass options offer the flexibility of 7/16”, ⅝”, or 1” thicknesses.
Various types of glass can be used in your full view garage door, depending on your individual requirements. Choices in glass type include:
- Low Iron Glass
- Low-E Glass
- Acrylic Glass
- Multi-wall Polycarbonate
- Impact Rated Glass
- Acoustical Glass
- Insulated Glass
- Laminated Glass
- Tempered Glass
- DS Glass
Cosmetic glass selections allow you to design a door that complements the beauty of your home without looking out of place. Various options are available such as:
- Clear Glass
- Dry Erase Glass
- Self Tinting Glass
- Self Cleaning Glass
- Mirrored Glass
- Tinted Glass
- Frosted Glass
The availability of so many different types of glass gives you the opportunity to design a unique garage door that improves the look of your home, increases its value, and makes your garage the talk of the neighborhood.
Framing Out a Look That Matches Your Style and Fits Your Home
The selection of frame styles and colors available for glass garage doors is as varied as the options in glass. You will want a look that stands out but doesn’t look out of place in your neighborhood. The elements are a consideration as well, since climate and weather conditions like snow, salt, rain, and wind can all affect the longevity and viability of your full view garage doors.
Frames can be constructed with screws, rivets, or welding, depending on your preferences and needs, but generally welding produces a strong bond and reduces the risk of screws or rivets coming loose.
Some of the frame styles available include:
- Anodized Aluminum- This popular option comes in colors including black, silver, and dark bronze, providing a match for nearly any home.
- Painted Aluminum- Painting gives you an unlimited spectrum of color-matching options but comes with the side effects common to any painted item, like fading, chipping, scratching, and peeling.
- Powder Coated Aluminum- This method is a bit more costly, but it provides the best protection against the elements, as well as a selection of color choices that customers love. Color selections can be chosen from the RAL color chart.
Benefits of Full View Glass Garage Doors
Glass garage doors are a versatile design element in many ways. Size is one of them. If you are doing a remodel, you may want to go with a glass door that is larger than your old, traditional garage door, as the glass will allow more natural light into your workspace and showcase more of the detail you put into the interior of the garage.
With the proper choice of construction materials, glass doors can be a great way to save energy. This may not be necessary if your garage is unattached or rarely used. If it is a place where you spend a great deal of time, however, energy savings could be a huge bonus. We recommend urethane-injected framing, along with insulated glass, for the maximum effect on your utility bills.
Maintenance on full view garage doors is a bit different than with traditional garage doors but provides a long life for the door and its operational parts when kept up with. Yearly check-ups are the best way to preserve the longevity of the door. A technician will lubricate all moving parts and make sure the door operates fully and properly. Glass cleaning is also available upon request. Since the springs holding the glass door bear more weight than a traditional door, it is recommended that they be replaced every 5-7 years. In the unfortunate event that a panel of glass gets broken or cracked, we provide efficient and affordable garage door repairs.
Other features that customers love about glass doors include the option for a pass-through entry door, safety that is just as good as any traditional garage door, and customized tracks for low headroom, high lift, and roof pitch. Entry doors allow you to go in and out, without the need for another entrance when the garage doors are closed. Track options allow for more headroom while you work and even room for car lifts and mechanical apparatus, depending on the architectural design of the room.
Why Should You Choose a Glass Garage Door?
Contemporary and modern architectural designs practically insist on full view glass garage doors to complement their aesthetic. Whether you are updating the look of your home or building a new, modern-style house that will inspire awe in those driving by, glass doors can be the answer to your design dreams. In addition to the wide range of colors and style options available, glass garage doors boast energy savings, safety, and versatility that traditional garage doors can’t compete with.