Having windows installed in one or more of the walls in your garage is an effective way to add natural light to the space. If you're planning this project, you'll want to find the right window installation company that can not only offer you the specific type of windows you're wanting, but also do the job at a budget that suits you. It's valuable to thoroughly consider what features you might want the windows to include — and now is the best time to ponder this topic, as it's easier to have the window company's installers take care of these features during the installation process. Here are some features that you might find worthwhile.
In many cases, your garage will hold some expensive equipment. This list might include recreational items such as a boat, golf clubs, or ATVs, but even things such as your lawnmower, garden tools, and other similar items are valuable. Your garage doors provide a sturdy barrier against thieves, but the windows may be a potential vulnerable point unless they're equipped with security bars. Get your window company to show you the different bar options so that you can select a style that not only does its intended job, but also looks pleasing to the eye.
You'll likely want to ensure that the windows you choose are equipped with hardware so that you can open them. While this feature often costs more, you'll undoubtedly find it to be highly valuable. Unlike your home itself, your garage isn't air conditioned. This means that it can be very hot and uncomfortable in the summer, which can be problematic if you're working in the space. Being able to swing a couple windows open, especially if they're positioned on opposite side of the garage to allow a cross breeze, will provide you with fresh air.
Many homeowners enjoy having functional shutters on the windows in their garage. You should look at the available shutter options from your window company, as you may be able to find shutters that match those mounted to the windows in your house. Instead of being merely decorative, look for functional shutters — that is, shutters that can actually swing shut and latch. This feature can be desirable for security, especially if you're going to be away from your home for a period of time. In addition to keeping people out, they're valuable for blocking prowlers' ability to see inside the garage.