Correctly Installing a Door With a Sidelight
Sidelights come in various sizes, such as 12”, 14” or 15”. Sidelights widths will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Adding a sidelight can be very stylish and add a high curb appeal. Per building code, the sidelight glazing must be tempered glass when installed next to a door.
As always, properly preparing the opening is critical for a quality installation. Be sure to properly install the building wrap, apply a sill protector and properly flash the top of the door.
We also recommend viewing how to flash an exterior door video if you will be installing an exterior door.
Options: Sidelight Doors
These windows would need to be tempered or safety glazing regardless if they directly mounted to the door or not. The best option is probably to order the sidelight attached at the factory. That way you get exact matching glass and or door panel configurations. This also gives you options for various widths and sidelights on one or both sides of the door.
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