Sidelights are narrow, vertically oriented windows that are installed on either or both sides of an entry door. Depending on the door’s design, you can have glass that spans the partial or full height of the door. Sidelights are typically made from the same style, finish and material as the door itself, creating a seamless look. But why should you consider them?
1. Energy Efficiency
One of the most common concerns among homeowners regarding sidelights is how they will affect their home’s energy efficiency. The answer is simple: it depends on the glass that you choose. Single-pane glass, typically installed on traditional windows, is naturally conductive and will, therefore, allow heat to pass through it. This can result in heat loss or gain (depending on the season), which can cause an increase in your heating and cooling bills.
2. Enhance Curb Appeal
The aesthetic impact of sidelights is hard to ignore. Adding sidelights to your home can make your front entry door look more elegant, which can add an immediate boost to your home’s curb appeal. Inside, sidelights can make your front entry hall look brighter. If you’ve always had to depend on electrical lighting to make this part of your home brighter, then sidelights can be a dramatic improvement.
3. Increase Natural Light
Increasing the amount of natural light is the most compelling benefit of adding sidelights to a door. Natural light adds warmth and beauty to a room, and can create a sense of openness. This is especially important in an entryway, which is a natural gathering place.
4. Provides Better Views
Sidelights installed alongside a front door can announce arriving guests and help you keep an eye out for the delivery driver. But sidelights are not just an option for front doors. They can also be built into patio doors, which is a great way to take full advantage of that stunning backyard landscaping.
Sidelights are easily customized and can be purchased along with a new door or added to an existing entry door. Sidelights can be purchased as a single unit, installed in multiples or accompanied by a transom. All of these choices transcend classic and contemporary styles, finding their place in modern and traditional homes alike.
If you decide to replace your old sidelights or add new sidelights, you should consider sidelights that open for some extra fresh air. Operating sidelights can be fully opened when you want to invite fresh air into your home, but they are narrow enough to keep potential intruders uninterested.
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