Entry doors with sidelights provide benefits such as allowing natural light to enter the property while enhancing the entrance's appearance. They also provide extra visibility without the need to open the door. Sidelights are translucent for full visibility and maximum light. They also come frosted or tinted to create more privacy. Sidelights built with glass blocks provide extra security and reinforce the door frame. Operable sidelights add extra ventilation to the property.
Sidelights are ideal for any entry door style and configuration, as long as there's enough space available. The door configuration and frame must change when there's not enough space, generating extra costs. The installation is complex, making sidelights more expensive than a double door configuration.
Owners can customize sidelights to match any architectural style through the use of grilles and decorative glass. Tempered insulated glass resists impact and prevents air loss. Leaded glass provides a textured look to the sidelights, while stained glass allows owners to create colorful patterns. Sidelights are sometimes accompanied by a transom, a static decorative window above the door that allows more light to enter the property.
Operable sidelights have hinges on one side like casement windows. They open without blocking the door, improving air circulation and creating a French-style look.