Glass garage doors are increasing in popularity, as they bring a modern aesthetic and add daylight to your garage space. They do come with a few pros and cons you should consider:
Pro: Daylight brings natural light, but also makes your space feel bigger
Whether you use your garage mostly as storage or have converted it into an office or home gym, using a glass door for your residential garage door can get more natural light into it. More light can make it feel more welcoming. Many garages are dark, dingy places, but by choosing an all-glass garage door, you can make yours feel warmer, brighter, and make it a more versatile space. With a glass door, it will be easier to use your garage in lots of different ways.
Pro: Less maintenance - no painting, just cleaning
With most types of garage doors, you need to paint or stain the panels every couple of years to maintain them. With glass panels, all you need to do is use glass cleaner and a soft cloth on the panels every few months and it will keep looking good. Of course, you will have to keep up with the maintenance of other parts of the door, like the door springs, rollers, and hinges. Painting can be crossed off your to-do list though.
Pro: Curb appeal and in-style design
If you’re looking for a way to improve the curb appeal of your house, a great way to really make it better is to install a custom glass garage door. This is one of the biggest reasons that people decide to install a glass door for the garage. If you have a modern home, a glass garage door can bring a touch of beauty and visual interest to the front of your home. Whether you’re selling your home or just want it to look better from the street for you, a glass garage door could be the answer.
Con: Cost - can be more expensive
Tempered glass isn’t cheap. If you want the glass panels to be frameless or to have a mirrored exterior so people can’t see into the garage, it’s going to cost you more. Tinted glass is also more expensive, as is having a design etched onto the glass. Glass panels are a luxury, and they are expensive.
Con: Less privacy - can show mess
If you use your garage for storage, a glass door can show how messy your garage is, which you might not want. A glass door gives less privacy, which might also be a security concern if you have expensive equipment in there or use the garage as an office or gym. You can have the glass tinted or mirrored on one side, but this is more expensive.
Con: Can show dirt so do require cleaning often
All garage doors will need to be cleaned occasionally, but large panels of dust will collect a lot of dust and dirt on the outside. They can look quite dirty very quickly, especially if you choose a tinted or mirror finish. Usually, all you need to clean the panels though is a rinse with soap and water.