Why Door Sidelites Are Perfect For Your Next Door Project

Have you ever looked at a home and wondered what makes it stand out? More than likely the home features door sidelites. Sidelites are framed windows that can be placed on the sides or above the entry door. In this blog, we will give incites on how sidelites can improve a home's aesthetics, how to choose colors, styles and materials, how sidelites impact security and privacy and how they can fit into your budget.

Why You Should Consider Sidelites for Your Door Project

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  • Aesthetics

    The main reason most homeowners go with the option of door sidelites is to increase curb appeal of their home. Sidelites help to make the front door the focus point of a home, especially when accompanied by premium doors like the doors from ProVia. Doors with sidelites generally give homes an impressive look, rivaling a more expensive property.

  • Natural Light

    In addition to elevating the look of an entry door, sidelites improve natural lighting into the home. Sidelites often feature large windows, which can help bring in lots of fresh sunlight to your front entryway. This can completely shift the look and feel of that entrance space, allowing for creative changes to interior design and layout of the home.

Choosing the Right Sidelite Color, Style & Material

  • Color

    When picking a sidelite color, you will either want to match the door or the trim of the home. If you have more of a traditional door, such as woodgrain, black or white, you can go either way. If you have a door that is an unusual color, such as bright blues and greens, it’s typically a better choice to match the trim of the home.

  • Style

    Style is a personal choice, but there are a few guidelines to take with sidelites. Usually, you will want to match the shape of the sidelites to that of your windows to create a clean and uniform look for your home. For houses that are more symmetric, you don’t want the sidelites to be disruptive unless you’re going for that type of look with your door. To help them stand out further, sidelites should frame the door in the same way a frame borders a window.

    Another style element is choosing if you want sidelites to the left, right or top of your door. For double-doors, homeowners sometimes opt for just a top sidelite, also known as a transom window, since the door is already quite wide. In situations with narrow doors, they may go for sidelites on each side to give the door a bigger, grander appearance. If you’re really getting creative, you can try out only having a sidelite on one side of your door.

  • Materials

    Sidelite materials will vary based on the style you’re going for with your home. Usually, sidelites will match materials with either the door or the trim of the home. Materials used do impact energy efficiency. Wooden doors and sidelites are traditionally better insulators than steel and fiberglass. Window choice also factors into energy efficiency.

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Security & Privacy Considerations

One downside to exterior door sidelites is they can create an additional security vulnerability for your home. However, if you use sturdy, high-quality materials, you can lower this risk. You can also opt for sidelites with less glass to prevent vulnerabilities.

Privacy is another concern. By nature, sidelites allow more light to enter your home. However, this also awards outsiders more vision. If you’re worried about this, textured and blurred privacy glass is available. These options will obscure vision from the outside while still allowing natural light to enter.


Sometimes there’s no getting around the fact that sidelites increase the cost of a door project. These costs can be further inflated if you need custom fitting or door frame work. The good news is you can offset this cost by making efficient choices in other areas of your project. For example, if you’re set on sidelites you can go for a cheaper, less ornate door. As a good rule of thumb, keep your budget in mind and try to find good compromises between cost and quality.

Mt. Pleasant Window & Remodeling Can Install Beautiful Doors with Sidelites

If you’re looking for a reliable company to install a new door with sidelites, Mt. Pleasant Window & Remodeling is ready to assist you. We offer a variety of different door and sidelite styles to fit your home’s exterior from ProVia. Contact us online or call us today at 724-200-8494 Mt. Pleasant Window & Remodeling today to get started!

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