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Old 12-07-2009, 07:37 AM   #1
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I have a side load garage with 2 windows. As I get more and more stuff in the garage, I'd like it so people can't see inside very easy. Any ideas? Something durable?

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VERY GOOD THINKING. The first thing a thief wants is an easy way in, the second thing they want is a known good score - power tools, stereo equipment ...

My windows weren't that big but I covered them with those plastic panels that are used to defuse lights in bathrooms and kitchen ceilings. They are transparent enough to allow light through but no way to see inside. They're about 4 x 2' so a couple sheets cut with a carpet knife would fit your windows it looks like.
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VERY GOOD THINKING. The first thing a thief wants is an easy way in, the second thing they want is a known good score - power tools, stereo equipment ...

My windows weren't that big but I covered them with those plastic panels that are used to defuse lights in bathrooms and kitchen ceilings. They are transparent enough to allow light through but no way to see inside. They're about 4 x 2' so a couple sheets cut with a carpet knife would fit your windows it looks like.
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Old 12-07-2009, 08:27 AM   #5
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I'd use vinyl window frosting. It goes on like window tint. blinds in a garage are a pain, always get dirty and broken...
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i would put up a cheap 1" pvc mini-blind. you can rinse it off with water when dirty and they are pretty inexpensive.
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The frosted film is the best option because:
easy to clean (blinds will collect dust, look dirty and a pain to clean), easy to install, allows most of the light to passthrough and stops peering eyes.
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blinds don't keep thieves out..........they pass by and look at what you got, then when your out bust through your blinds and take it all........

FRAME IT UP:
Ironically i side with CH³NO² - i would brick or frame in and finish the outside.....

OR...leave the window in and put in a skinny blind thats always down, but frame in the inside and finish it off with sheet rock and all trapping the blind in between the frame job and the window........your outside home appearance wont change and you can rest assured that your house is framed closed!

ALSO - garage door opener - ROPE - manual release - circled in BLUE!
Being that i have family that has been robbed before - I would suggest removing the pull down rope from your garage door openers..........

see thieves back their pick up into your driveway.....a guy stands on the bed and drills a whole into your top garage door rung (unless it has glass, they break the glass) and then they simply pull down the rope and bingo, they open the garage door and back the truck into your garage!

then with the garage door closed they go through out your garage and your home if no alarm is active and load the back of the truck........cover it with tarp/blanket then open your garage door then leave..........

ALL through a small hole they drill in your garage door - and pull down the rope to your garage door opener!

remove that rope and tie metal bailing wire through the two holes up there and make it to where the latch wont come down with out cutting the bailing wire...

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Why would a builder put windows on a garage, don't you all have lights & electricity???
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Why would a builder put windows on a garage, don't you all have lights & electricity???
In some hones it ties the architecture togther. I know at my dads lake home the garage has tons of windows. The entire front end of the house is windows to view the lake. If the garage portion did not it would look like ***.

I am too lazy to find a pic so I used my paint skills to sketch in what I am talking about. Above the garage is the master bedroom. It has three or maybe four large windows. So that the house looks consistant the garage also has these windows.

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^ That makes sense in a country setting, I was thinking why have windows on your garage when your neighbors are like 15 feet away and can see the contents of your garage. I likes my privay and I understand the windows complete the look in some places, are the garages heated & cooled also??


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I would have to see an elevation of the house but I would have to assume they were put there for architectural appearance. Otherwise you are correct. Windows in a garage really do not serve any purpose.
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From the view of the windows obviously he must live in a cul-de-sac or some side road where the orientation of his house has his garage side facing the main road........as you can see from the view of the windows you can see his neighbors front facia's.......

.......if anything it will determine how he repairs/frames or covers them......

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send the bill for the covering to the architect/builder. pretending the house has more living space by letting folk see into the garage is just a bad design. throw up an effing sheet, it's the garage.

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If you live in a low crime area and store nothing in your garage, frost-vinyl the glass. If you are gonna store anything of value in the garage, then frame it out and close it up. From your pic it appears that you have stuff in your garage of some value. You fall into the latter category.

Think about it this way. If you get broken into now and you don't close off the wall, you'll be pissed for even considering another option. Also, a little extra spent now to secure the garage could eliminate the hassle of property loss, and having to deal with the police and insurance reports/filings/case progress, etc. I assume your time is valuable right?

Just close them off it you plan to keep anything of value out there.
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