Garages are an odd space and when the Valley Windows team deals with them, we quickly learn why they’re not a common commodity in our surrounding areas. Frequently, they simply don’t make sense in the terrains that we work with or they’re not a great cost investment for any of our customers. All of that said, windows should still be a factor in any room, no matter where it is in the home. If you’ve visited our site before, you know that giving you a better view in any room is our goal – and that includes your garages. We’ve touched on this briefly previously on the blog, but hey – the important messages, should also be reiterated. So, how do you do windows on garages?
The Valley Windows team recommends that you treat your garage like any other room in the home – it needs insulation, it needs light and if it’s above ground… yes, it needs windows. In that sense, there is a short answer solution here… you can install any sort of windows you please, and we can help you along the way.
Here’s the thing – the garage is the first thing that you see when you arrive home and also the last thing that you see when you leave for your day. Let’s add to the curb appeal and ensure that whatever windows you’re installing add to your curb appeal. A common misconception is not just the windows that may line the adjacent walls of the garage, but also the garage door itself. Bonus points if you think about the landscaping adjacent, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
One of our favourites is the Transom window. Thanks to this informative site, we’ve learned that:
“Transom windows are named as such because they are located over top of a window or door’s transom- this is the beam that separates the top of the window or door from the rest of the wall. Consequently, transom windows can come in many different shapes, styles and designs, but retain the name due to their location. The only general difference in transom windows installed above doors and those installed above windows is the size—they generally match the width of the transom.”
Dormer windows also bring simplicity and balance to garages, especially if there are more than two bays for cars. Natural light is the name of the game and both of the aforementioned styles of windows help out with this.
Also, think about balance. You want light above the doors and (even though we skirted the issue previously) along the other walls of the garage. The garage gets a bad reputation for being a dark and cavernous storage space, but that’s not the case when you do your homework. And when you do, you probably learn all about things like sash simplicity, which this site does a great job about explaining.
Bottom line, work with an expert – and we’re not touting any names, but…
Reach out to the Valley Windows team with any questions. We’re here to help!