If your entry door is up for replacement, and you need something to give it a little boost, consider adding sidelights to it. We look at the benefits of adding sidelights to your front entry door.
How Do Sidelights Work?
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 will occupy some of the doorway space; therefore, you should consider whether the door opening has to be widened or if the new door will be less wider. Sidelights are typically made from the same style, finish and material as the door itself, creating a seamless look.
Benefits of Sidelights
Aesthetically, sidelights make your front entry 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 dramatic improvement.
If you’re worried that the additional glass can make your interior visible from the curb, ask your local remodeling company for options like tinted, frosted or stained glass options. They help obscure the view even up close, yet don’t sacrifice its other benefits.
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.
Choosing insulated glass options for your sidelights can help prevent leaks from happening. Insulated glass features double- or triple-pane glass, which creates an insulated layer that prevents heat transfer.
Up and Above Contractors is the home improvement company to turn to for all your remodeling needs. Give us a call at (973) 300-0636. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Sussex, Morris and Warren counties, including Sparta, Andover, Hackettstown and Wantage, NJ.