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How to Choose a Sidelight for Your Front Door Entrance

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Exterior Remodeling, Glass Block, Windows

Operable Acrylic Block Sidelights with Transom Window
Operable Acrylic Block Sidelights with Transom Window
Steel Front Entry Door with Decorative Art Glass Sidelights
Steel Front Entry Door with Decorative Art Glass Sidelights

Nothing drives down the curb appeal, resale value, and appearance of a home more than an unwelcoming front door entrance. A nasty door, dark or unsafe front entrance can really be a turn off. So – how can you jazz up, spruce up and crank up this critical space? Two ways (1) Upgrading your entry door and (2) Add or replace your sidelights.

This article will provide you with questions and answers to lead you to your best choice in a side door light panels.

This article will provide you with questions and answers to lead you to your best choice in a side door light panels.

  • Question 1 – What sidelight choices are there? For residential homes the most popular choices are:

 

 

  • Question 2 – I want to replace my existing single pane side panels and improve home security. What option is best? Glass blocks or acrylic block windows will provide the strongest barrier vs. break ins.   

 

  • Question 3 – Is there a way to get air flow through a sidelight? – With the recently introduced operable casement acrylic block sidelight you can get the duel benefits of more air (a healthier inside environment) and the privacy of the acrylic block window. 

 

  • Question 4 – Are there decorative glass patterns to compliment different architectural styles and interior looks? – Vinyl, fiberglass and wood sidelights can use designer or art glass options with different interior finishes and exterior colors. Glass block sidelights can be made with frosted or colored glass for a stylish effect.

 

  • Question 5 – How can I maximize the amount of light around the front entrance?– Using 2 bi-fold sidelights flanking both sides of the door and adding a horizontal transom window above the door will allow the most light to shine in.     

 

  • Question 6 – Is there any other place to use a sidelight? – Yes – sidelights can be placed in an interior drywall opening to create a borrowed light element to move light from one space to another (this can be very important in loft housing and older homes where natural light may be lacking).

 

If you have any experiences to share about sidelights please comment below.

If you need more information or an estimate on any type of sidelights contact Columbus Glass Block/ Clear Choice Window & Door (614-252-5888), Cleveland Glass Block/ Cleveland Window Company (216-531-6363) and Mid America Glass Block in Cincinnati (513-742-5900).

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