Full-view glass garage doors are a beautiful addition to the exterior of any modern or contemporary style home. The clean lines and reflective surface of this type of garage door complement the angular architecture and balancing light/dark colors of modern home design. Constructed from glass on the exterior, they can be framed or infinity to match whatever aesthetic your home needs. Specifically, most clear glass garage doors feature an anodized aluminum door frame available in dozens of colors.
Besides the obvious stylistic elements, there are seven important reasons to consider installing glass garage doors in your home:
As of the 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, garage door replacement is the highest ranking home improvement project in terms of return on investment (ROI). This is the second year in a row that garage door improvements have been found to add undeniable value to a home. Even further, the 2020 report is shaping up to show the same results. Viewing this climbing success, it is clear that investing in a new garage door is well worth the price.
Beyond the value of new garage doors in general, the report also highlights the importance of modern aesthetics like glass fixtures that incorporate natural light. This makes full-view glass garage doors the ultimate modern design upgrade. Whether you prefer the darker style of tinted glass or the clarity of clear glass, the glass door options are endless. This means a new glass garage door can be shaped to match or complement any home’s exterior from contemporary to mid-century to farmhouse.
Maybe you can’t buy into garage door upgrades being your #1 choice for home improvements, but consider this: Garage doors take up as much as 30 percent of your home’s exterior. That means at least a third of your curb appeal is shaped by the exterior design of your garage door. In a competitive housing market, curb appeal is becoming especially important when a good first impression could impact how many showings your home gets.
Glass garage doors are excellent for maximizing curb appeal because of their prominent visibility. Any tint of glass from clear to black to reflective will shine beautifully in the bright California sun. From the road, guests or potential home buyers will be able to see the glass offsetting the modern lines of your home.
Natural light is a must-have in all contemporary architecture that highlights the use of warm light and open spaces. Beyond modern design, natural light improves your home by decreasing the need for harsh overhead lights. When you don’t use electricity for lights during the day, it increases the sustainability of your home by preventing the waste of fossil fuels to create electricity. Also, not utilizing as much electricity during the day will reduce your electricity bill significantly. In addition to energy and cost benefits, receiving a higher amount of natural light improves personal health by giving you access to plenty of Vitamin D. This helps you cut down on illnesses by boosting your immune system, causes you to have more restful sleep, and leads to a healthier complexion.
Full-view glass garage doors are completely framed in glass, giving you the most access to natural light. This gives you the maximum benefits for both you and your home.
Glass garage doors are one of the most versatile garage doors on the market because of the extensive design customizations available. From glass appearance, thickness, and size to frame colors and insulation, manufacturers offer hundreds of options.
It may seem like having glass garage doors means sacrificing the privacy of your home for exterior beauty; this is not true. With so many glass appearance varieties like color tinting, etching, and mirroring, you ensure that no one can see into your garage. These options are perfect for allowing plenty of natural light into your space without losing your privacy. Below are just some of the glass appearance options available:
- DS Glass
- Tempered Glass
- Laminated Glass
- Insulated Glass
- Acoustical Glass
- Impact Rated Glass
- Frosted Glass
- Tinted Glass
- Mirrored Glass
- Self-Cleaning Glass
- Self-Tinting Glass
- Dry Erase Glass
- Clear Glass
Glass thickness varies from standard 1/8”, thicker ¼”, or insulated glass in 7/16”, ⅝”, or 1” thickness. You can choose glass thickness based on the environment of your area and whether or not you have young, active children.
Glass garage doors can be cut to fill any garage opening from 5×4 countertop doors to 22×10 doors to fit a three-car garage. Although the standard sizes are 8×7, 8×8, 9×7, 9×8, 10×7, 10×8, 16×7, 16×8, 18×7, and 18×8, manufacturers can custom cut the door to fit your home.
Frame construction is also highly customizable in terms of insulation and design. The frame of your glass garage door creates structure between the glass panels. They can be either hollow or insulated. Insulating these frames means injecting urethane inside to prevent the waste of heating and cooling. This is a valuable upgrade for increasing the energy efficiency and worth of your home.
The color of your frame has just as many customization options as the glass itself. It can be painted, anodized, or powder coated to give you various levels of durability. All three choices have over a hundred options to match the exterior of your home. However, anodizing and powder coating will prevent your frame from rusting and fading.
Garage as a Living Space
With the price of a homes per square foot rising, it is becoming more important to utilize all the available space in your home. That is why many people are integrating their garages into a living space. No longer just for cars, tools, or unfinished projects, garages are increasingly being used as home gyms, laundry rooms, workshops, and home offices.
The popular home improvement site, Houzz, suggests just this type of transition for your garage, especially featuring glass garage doors. These doors allow for scenic views and copious natural light while still maintaining privacy and quiet.
Connection of Indoor and Outdoor Spaces
Beyond classic garage door spaces attached to your home, glass garage doors act as a bridging point between indoor and outdoor spaces. Countertop garage doors, especially, create a connection between two spaces whether that be a kitchen and outdoor dining area or a basement and patio. The versatility of opening it on nice days for entertaining, and having it function as a window when not in use is a perfect balance. With a countertop glass door, you don’t have to choose between interacting with your guests or finishing up dinner.
Low Maintenance Exterior
One important benefit of glass garage doors is that they are surprisingly low maintenance. With traditional wood or steel doors, annual paint touch-ups and cleaning are vital to maintaining the exterior look of the door long term. However, glass doors only need the same attention as a window. Simply wipe it down with a soft cloth or sponge and a watered-down, mild detergent, then spray it off with your water hose on a gentle setting. You could just get into the habit as cleaning it at the same time as your car to keep it looking stunning at all times.
Maybe you don’t worry about cleaning maintenance as much as repairing breakage. The glass installed for these doors is tough, though. It is higher grade than typical glass which ensures that it needs an intense hit to break. However, if a panel or two happens to break, the replacement is easy and inexpensive. A repairman will simply pop the broken panel out of the frame and replace it with a new one.
With all of these options and considerations for a glass garage door, it is important to consult experts before making a decision. Please consider Sunwest Garage Door to guide you in choosing a new door. For any questions about glass garage doors in the Anaheim, CA area, contact Sunwest at 714-528-5670! View our Gallery to begin designing your glass garage door!