Summary of Glass Garage Doors11/03/2013 Back To Blog
Modern garage doors have escaped the traditional look of a steel paneled or wooden design and can come in newer, more contemporary appearances. One of the most popular new materials is glass, and it is really bringing a new shine to this old home standby. While these doors are priced somewhat higher than more traditional materials, they bring a very distinctive appearance to any home.
Pricing and Availability
There are a few different companies currently selling glass garage doors in a variety of different tints and insulation options for the best fit for each customer. Glass garage doors cost considerably more than the more common steel or wooden varieties, in part because they are still seen as a luxury item. In general, they cost around a couple thousand dollars, depending on the size, the layout and the manufacturer.
Despite the added cost, glass is a worthwhile option because it is low maintenance and brings a definite bonus in its appearance. Whether it is a more opaque glass for greater privacy, or a more transparent glass for greater light, these doors have a variety of options which simply do not exist for steel or wooden doors. One of the key strengthening features of a glass door is that it does not have to be all glass. An aluminum frame will provide the door with the strength it needs without a lot of complicated maintenance. Also, the framing can be done in unique ways to create an interesting montage of glass panels within the door until the homeowner or manufacturer has achieved the desired look.
Caring for a Glass Door
Glass doors require only minimal maintenance. This is one of the many reasons, besides the look, that people choose to buy them. The most important step in taking care of these doors is to keep them clean. This can be done with any glass cleaner and they should be wiped down and inspected for cracks on a regular basis. The glass is engineered for strength, but visual inspections are important for any door and these are no exception.
Glass garage doors are more expensive than other varieties on the market, but they will definitely bring an extra layer of luxury to any home. It will not be the same as a window into the garage because the glass is designed to be opaque and prevent prying eyes. Nor will it be as fragile as one may expect. The aluminum frame and the special engineering add strength, and it will require only slightly different caution than for steel or wood.