Thinking about updating your garage doors?
The garage door is one of the first things people notice about a property, so it has a pretty big impact on the overall curb appeal of your home. If your garage doors haven’t been updated in ten to twenty years, there’s a good chance people will notice.
There’s a wide range of garage door styles available, but we thought we’d take a moment to focus on a popular request we hear from people in the area …
Today, we’re taking a closer look at 25 beautiful garage door styles with windows.
Let’s get started!
Garage Door Styles with Windows
If you’ve ever seen a garage door with windows, you know how much more aesthetically pleasing it is to the eye.
Adding windows the design adds dimension and visual appeal to your garage door, which enhances the overall look of your home or office. The windows are positioned near the top of the garage and often come in a variety of different visibility levels, so you don’t have to worry about people looking through the windows into your garage.
There is a wide range of garage door styles available, so we’ve put together a list outlining the differences. There a few general types of garage doors that can be varied in terms of color, panel arrangement, and window shape.
If you’re not sure what style you want, you might want to take a look at our collection of garage doors first.
Here we go …
1. Raised-panel doors: These are more traditional and typical; they usually have some pattern of raised panels, typically rectangles of varying lengths. Windows can be added at the top in a variety of styles and shapes. This is a very common garage door style.
2. Carriage house: These garage doors that look like barn doors or carriage house doors, hence the name. They usually have a set of square or rectangle windows at the top, with white/earth tone outline contrasts to make them look authentically like a barn door.
3. Contemporary: This is a rather modern look that works best with modern homes. A mix of metal, glass, and symmetrical framework makes these look modern and non-traditional.
Regardless of the style of your home or what shapes you’re looking to match with the rest of your windows, there is a garage door window style out there that will work beautifully with your home. Many companies have different names for different styles of windows, but they can be described generally by their shape and design, as well. Some styles are:
4. Square pattern: Square patterns are common and simple. These will have a series of squares in groups of two or four along the top of the door.
5. Rectangle pattern: Similar to the square pattern, these will be in groups of two or four but there will be larger pieces of glass involved as the rectangle shape will take up more room.
6. Arc window (double): Many garage door window patterns are repeated next to each other so if you were to cut the door in half, they would be symmetrical. This is the case with arc patterns. The bottom half of the glass will be squared off, but the top will slope down and out, which is especially nice for garage door frames that aren’t perfectly straight but rather sloped or arched.
7. Arc window (single): Single arc windows will spread across the entire top of the doorway; whereas the double arc will repeat on the top of both sides of the door.
8. Repeating squares: The following three are different from #4 and #5 in that they are usually a bit closer together and are repeated more in terms of the entire garage door style.
9. Repeating arc windows
10. Repeating rectangle
11. Sunrise window pattern: These are particularly unique patterns in that they do literally look like a sun rising; the glass fills in what looks like space between the sun rays. Sometimes there will be what looks like two “suns” on the top of both sides of the door.
12. Sunrise full window pattern: In other cases, the “sun” pattern will take up the entire length of the top of the door; this is a particularly unique pattern that is quite popular.
13. Diamond pattern: Diamond patterns often have diamond shapes embedded into rectangular pieces of glass.
14. Cathedral style window: Cathedral styles are a bit fancier than the typical arc pattern, having accents on either edge of the arc.
15. Window panel: This design looks like a paneled window, with a rectangular piece of glass with perpendicular lines for effect.
16. Long rectangle: A long rectangle will be either one or two sections of rectangular glass at the top of the door.
17. Full window arc: Just like the arc window discussed above, this arc will take up the entire top of the garage door in one arc.
Some glass tint styles are:
18. Clear: Clear glass is, obviously, totally see through. This is a frequent choice especially if the window style you choose is small and subtle.
19. Frosted: With frosted glass, you won’t be able to see inside or outside. This is a plus for privacy–if that is a concern–and it can also add a unique shade to your garage door.
20. Antique: This is a pattern in the glass that mimics antique glass; sometimes it will have subtle lines or imperfections that make it difficult to see through, adding a layer of privacy.
21. Bronze Tint: With bronze tint, your glass will have a subtle brown-orange look to it.
22. Gray Tint: With a gray tint, your glass will slightly resemble a pair of sunglasses; this will also slightly impair visibility inside the garage.
23. Soft: With soft-tinted glass, visibility will be impaired but not totally obstructed.
24. Pebbled: Pebbled glass has small round bubbles or imperfections within it that inhibit one from seeing straight through the glass. It’s also a unique look.
25. Insulated: Insulated glass can help better regulate the temperature in your garage. If you work in your garage year-round, this may be a consideration as it will help keep the garage at a decent temperature even in extreme weather.
Clearly, there are dozens of variations of garage doors for homeowners to choose from. Different window styles can be paired with varying tints and door styles to create a truly unique look for your home. Consider the shapes and angles present in the architectural design of your home when selecting a door style, and you’ll be sure to find an excellent door choice that will stand out while improving the visual appeal of your home in general.