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Exterior Doors with Sidelites for Your Home

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Sidelites are a wonderful accoutrement to any exterior door in your home.

Exterior doors with sidelites add natural light, which provides a bright, clean, and spacious ambiance to your foyer. They will also enhance your home’s curb appeal.

What are Exterior Doors With Sidelites?

Exterior doors with sidelites consist of a normal exterior door with separate panels – called sidelites – which sit on one or both sides of the door.

These panels can be a solid window pane, or they can be a wood frame which incorporates one or more window panes, depending on the design. They are purposely used to add light to the interior of a home (hence – the word “lite”).

In most cases, sidelites are the same height as the door but they are usually narrower in width. These days, you usually purchase the panel(s) and door as a single assembly, although that is not always the case.

While sidelites are an attractive addition to an entryway, or to an entryway to a backyard or patio space, there needs to be enough room in the architecture to accommodate them.

Additionally, adding windows can have an impact on maintenance and energy efficiency so it is important that you choose the right sidelights for your architecture, location, and needs.

Pros and Cons of Exterior Doors with Sidelites


Curb Appeal
If you don’t already have an exterior door with a sidelite, it is a wonderful option to consider when you are thinking about replacing an exterior door.

They are attractive and come in a seemingly infinite number of styles. From simple frames housing one big glass panel, to ornate decorative stained glass panels, you will have no problem finding a design that suits your style.

The glass in the sidelite panel(s) will allow light into an otherwise dark entryway. Depending on the style of glass you select, they can also offer a view outside, which is especially beneficial if your exterior door is a solid panel.

You will have a view to your front yard, backyard, or of potential visitors who have rung the doorbell.


Energy efficiency
Choosing your exterior doors with sidelites is the same as choosing any other exterior door or window replacements; you need to consider the quality of the product, as well as its insulation value, to determine if it’s a good choice for your climate.

Those of us who live in a colder climate will want to select well insulated glass and frames, such as vinyl framed windows, to make sure that exterior doors with sidelites aren’t a source of excessive heat loss.

Extra windows mean extra maintenance. However, if you purchase a quality product with a good warranty, your sidelites shouldn’t require any additional maintenance other than a good cleaning now and then.

Exterior doors with sidelites are a wonderful way to create a more expansive and attractive entryway, while also increasing the natural light in your home.

If you are interested in replacing, or adding, an exterior door with sidelites, we would be happy to make an appointment and help you select the perfect option for your home.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Call us at 1.877.579.1994 or click here to price your project. Come and see us for a Dan Good Deal at 199 Victoria Street South, Kitchener, ON N2G 2C1.