Is your entry door up for replacement? Instead of choosing a standard door design, consider adding sidelights to it. In today’s post, local entry door and roofing company Right Angle Roofing & Siding shares a look at how adding sidelights to your front entry door can be beneficial.
What Are Sidelights?
Sidelights are narrow vertical windows that are installed on either or both sides of an entry door. You can choose single windows that span the height of the door or combine multiple smaller windows to cover the same space. Its primary function is to allow natural light into a typically-dark entry hall. It can also create an aesthetic addition to the door frame.
Sidelights take up a significant portion of the door width, so one of the first things you should consider is whether to choose a door that has less width than your old one, or have the wall opening widened by your door and roof replacement contractor.
Benefits of Sidelights
Sidelights can aesthetically improve even a plain-looking entry door, which can help boost the home’s curb appeal. A naturally-lit entry hall is more aesthetically pleasing from the inside and can help reduce the need for electrical lighting during the day. Also, if you’re concerned about whether or not sidelights will affect your privacy, you can choose frosted, textured or stained glass instead of clear ones. They obscure the view — even up close — but do not sacrifice its other features.
Do Sidelights Affect Energy Efficiency?
We often get asked by homeowners about whether sidelights will affect their home’s energy efficiency. Traditional sidelights with single-pane glass conduct heat, which causes heat leaks that result in drafts during winter and heat gain during summer. Fortunately, you can choose insulated glass for your sidelights. Combined with an insulated entry door, it can complement other insulated parts of your home’s exterior. A good entry door contractor can help you design the combination of entry door and sidelights that will work with your home style.
Right Angle Roofing & Siding is the leading roofer and door replacement contractor serving communities in Suffolk County. Give us a call at (631) 849-8988. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.