Sidelights and transom windows can be an effective way to frame your front door, giving it a little extra “oomph” and improving your curb appeal. These are long glass panels situated on the sides (for sidelights) or above (for transoms) of the door. While they are not essential to the function of your door, they do serve a few practical purposes.


Enhancing the look of your exterior is just one of the many benefits of using doors with sidelights. Here are a few others as explained by our door and window professionals at Woodbridge Home Exteriors.


While patio doors are typically designed to resemble windows with their numerous glass panels, front doors offer considerably more privacy. This means that they allow very little amounts of sunlight to pass through them, which could reduce your daylighting efforts. Sidelights serve as an effective source of natural light to solid block doors, giving your home adequate illumination without sacrificing privacy and security.


The original purpose of sidelights is mostly aesthetic but they did give homes an unintended benefit. The narrow windows allow you to see visitors even without a peephole. Sidelights that are designed to extend to the floor level can also give your pets a nice little window that is just the perfect size for them.

Should You Install Sidelights?

Fiberglass and wood exterior doors are the most common doors to feature sidelights in their designs. These doors pair well with traditional and classic styles such as Colonial, Cape Cod, and Georgian homes. Craftsmen and modern contemporary home designs can also use sidelights, but often without the intricate scrollwork and layered trim and molding that traditional styles are known for. The decision to use sidelights depends entirely on your preference. Talk to your door installation technician about which designs, patterns, and materials will be best for your home.

Explore different sidelight, transom, and door designs with the help of our professionals at Woodbridge Home Exteriors, your number one door, window, and exterior renovation company. Give us a call at (972) 945-7840 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Arlington and Dallas, as well as other neighboring communities in TX.


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