Those long, skinny windows on either side of your entry door are called sidelights. And while they can brighten up your entryway, give you a great view onto your front porch, and frame your entrance beautifully, it’s not a great idea to leave them bare.
What is a great idea is to choose plantation shutters for your Raleigh home’s sidelight windows.
Shutters Pair Best With Sidelights
No window treatment pairs as well with sidelight windows than plantation shutters. These are just some of the benefits they offer your entryway.
Shutters Offer More Privacy
If a solicitor or stranger is knocking on your door, you probably don’t want them to be able to look through a thin curtain or between your blinds. With sidelight shutters, you can totally block out the view from outside, keeping your privacy intact. All it takes is a simple tilt of the louvers and your home is private!
Shutters Keep Your Home Comfortable
At least one member of your family probably leaves the door open from time to time, making your AC or heater work overtime. But you might forget exactly how much heat can come through your windows. Polywood® plantation shutters are the industry’s most energy-efficient window treatment – and are several times more effective than typical wood or vinyl shutters!
Shutters Are Sturdier & Better For Family Homes
If you have pets or children in your home, they probably look out of the sidelights when they hear a car pull in the driveway. Flimsy blinds can easily get mangled by an excited pet, and of course you don’t want your curtains pushed to the side so your window can get covered in fingerprints from the little ones. Sidelight shutters can avoid all of these problems, since they’re sturdy enough to withstand even the rowdiest use, and everyone can look through them without having to touch the window pane.
Shutters Are Easier To Size
All sidelights are different. Some are a fraction of the size of the door, others are the same height as the door, and some aren’t even the same shape. So finding a set of blinds or drapes that perfectly matches the height of your windows can be a chore. Plantation shutters on the other hand are custom-built to your exact needs, guaranteeing you a perfect fit without the hassle.
Shutters Look Better In Your Foyer
Almost nothing makes a better impression in your foyer than matching your sidelights to your door. With a variety of paints and stains available, we can easily color match to your door. And there’s just something special about the handcrafted, classic style of shutters in your foyer. Whereas some window treatments can look gaudy or cheap, shutters guarantee timeless fashion.
Shutters Can Go On All Foyer Windows
Blinds, shades, and drapes all need a certain amount of room to install. If your front entryway is cramped or you don’t have enough space to the side of your window, you might not be able to hang anything up. But shutters can go on any window, no exceptions.
Shutters Won’t Move Unless You Move Them
When your door opens or shuts, it creates a vacuum that can cause shades and blinds to rattle, sway or even get snagged in the door frame. Shutters stay put at all times, since they’re attached to the window frame.
Common Questions About Sidelight Shutters
What types of shutters can be installed on sidelights?
Can shutters go over the glass pane in my door?
They sure can. If there’s a window cutout on your front door, we can put a custom shutter frame on it.
Do my shutters have to have a tilt rod?
Not in all cases. Sunburst builds plantation shutters with a “hidden tilt rod,” so the only things that are visible those smart louvers whether they’re open or shut.
Can you color match sidelight shutters to my door?
Sure! We make shutters in a wide array of colors and wood stains, and we can approximate just about any kind of door.
Find Shutters For Your Raleigh Sidelights
To get a closer look at the difference sidelight shutters can make in your Raleigh home, you don’t even have to leave your home. Schedule a free in-home consultation with Sunburst Shutters Raleigh, and we’ll send an expert to your door with all your window treatment options for your foyer. Use the form below or call 919-887-9198 today to get started!