Home Improvements: Replacing the garage door with a window – this is how it works

Do you only want to use your garage as a hobby room and replace the main gate with a light-flooded window front? A good idea if you have an existing back door. Everything you need to know and consider for the project is in this post.

Window front instead of garage door - important preliminary considerations

If your garage is no longer used as a parking space for a car, but as a hobby room or workshop, the large front door is of course obsolete. It only disturbs with its space-taking guide rail construction, provides hardly any thermal insulation and, above all, does not let any daylight into the room. A third wall with recessed windows would certainly be a nice alternative - of course only if there is a back or side entrance door.

Replacing a garage door with a window front naturally entails a number of technical challenges that should not be underestimated: – Removal of the garage door – inserting the windows – Walling up the lower area

Removal of the garage door The first hurdle is the removal of the garage door and its guide track and hanger construction. This work is not without its dangers, because springs that are under great tension are always involved. A conventional up-and-over door must first be secured when it is open, for example with screw clamps . Then you can unhook or flex the springs, but to be on the safe side, wear protective clothing against injuries caused by the springs jumping off.

insert windows First place the windows, preferably those with plastic frames, in the door opening you have created and screw them to the raw wall edges - of course after thorough alignment with a spirit level. Spray out the gaps between window frames and wall edges with construction foam - from the outside and inside . The foam must dry completely before excess can be trimmed off and the rest plastered.

Wall up the lower area

The area below and, if necessary, between the windows still has to be bricked up at the end. It is best to use bricks made of the same or similar material as the existing garage walls - i.e. usually concrete.