Garage Privacy without losing outward visibility


Old 06-16-14, 08:03 PM
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Garage Privacy without losing outward visibility

My garage door has two long, horizontal windows near the top, with clear glass. When I'm not home, I need to block visibility into the garage from outside; however, I would like the option of seeing out from the inside when I am home. Would it make sense to install mini- or micro-blinds? Are there other options about which I'm not aware? I don't want frosting or other similar treatments that seem to be common for this application, because I would like clear vision (and plenty of light) from inside at certain times. Thanks!
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Old 06-16-14, 10:34 PM
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Interior light blocking screens held on with rare earth magnets? That's if it's a steel door of course. Could do the same thing with hooks if wood.

I don't think blinds would be a good solution, although rollup shades might work ok.
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A home near where I live elected to use hinged panels to swing down when he works at night so his activities are not obvious to the neighborhood. He does auto repairs and we are not zoned for businesses. But his approach is very simple and effective.

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You could apply a reflective film that will allow you to see out and will block vision from the outside. This will only work in daylight hours.
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How about window tinting film? It's available in a mirrored, one way finish that would allow you to see out but anyone looking in would see a mirror. The only exception is if you have a light on in the garage and it's dark outside. Then one way mirrors don't work so well.

For my warehouse at work we have a canvas flap that hangs down over the garage door windows. It's clipped into the up position during the day and allowed to hand down at night blocking the glass.
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