Sidelight Windows Enhance a Main Entrance and Provide Natural Lighting
By: Mark J. Donovan
Sidelight windows are vertical windows that border a door. They are most
commonly used in main doorway entrances however they can also be used in
interior door applications. Sidelight windows are used to enhance the size of a
main doorway entrance and to make, for example, the front entrance of a home the
center focal point when observed from the curb. In some cases only one sidelight
window will border a door however more commonly two sidelight windows flank each
side of a door.
Sidelight windows provide visibility but also lack privacy. In most cases they
are fixed windows that canít be opened.
Sidelight windows are commonly used in concert with a transom window. A transom
window sits above the door. Both transom and sidelight windows are used to allow
more natural light to enter the home. Transom windows offer natural privacy due
to the fact that they are located high up above a door.
Sidelight windows on the other hand
do not offer privacy, unless a glazed glass is used, and as a result sidelight
window treatments are commonly used. Sidelight windows typically vary in width
from 6 to 18 inches.
Sidelight windows also pose a bit more of a security threat compared to a
transom window, however their security risk is no different than any other
window on the ground level of a home. Also, since they are normally found on the
front of a home they are usually the last windows a thief would consider
breaking to enter a home.
|There are many different types of sidelight windows to
choose from. Sidelight windows can run the full length of a door, or only
partially. Sidelight windows can be constructed out of a single pane of
glass or multiple window panes. One method of sidelight window treatments is
to select sidelight windows with beveled or stained glass to add some level
There are many types of sidelight window treatments to choose from to
address privacy concerns. Simple long and narrow sheer curtains can be used,
as well as shutters, mini-blinds and micro-blinds.
Photo by Mark Donovan
Each of these solutions can provide privacy while still allowing some level of
light to enter the home. In addition, they can add warmth and character to the
interior of the home.
So when designing your new home consider transom and sidelight windows to
enhance the main entranceway to your home.
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