Those tall, skinny windows on either side of your entry door are called sidelights. And though they can let light into your foyer, give you a great view onto your front porch, and frame your facade beautifully, it’s not a great idea to leave them bare.
What is a great idea is to install plantation shutters on your Philadelphia sidelights.
Shutters Make Sense For Front Door Sidelights
No window treatment works better for sidelight windows than plantation shutters. These are just some of the benefits they offer your home.
Shutters Protect Your Privacy
If a door to door salesman or stranger is knocking on your door, the last thing you want them to be able to do is peer through a thin curtain or between your blinds. With shutters in your sidelights, you can completely block the view of anyone from outside, keeping your privacy intact. All it takes is a simple tilt of the louvers and your home is yours again!
Shutters Make Your Home More Comfortable
Many families have that one person who forgets to shut the front door all the way, making your AC or heater work overtime. But you might not think as much about the heat that is lost or gained through your windows. Polywood® plantation shutters are the industry’s most energy-efficient window treatment – and can block more than half of all energy transfer through your windows!
Shutters Are Sturdier & Better For Family Homes
If you live with pets or children, you can expect them to look out of the sidelights when they see you get home. A set of blinds can easily be torn through by an excited pet, and you probably don’t want your curtains pushed to the side so your window can get plastered with fingerprints from the kids. Sidelight shutters can avoid all of these problems, since they’re solid enough to handle even the rowdiest use, and the kids can look through them without ever touching the window pane.
Shutters Are Easier To Size
All sidelights are unique. Some are shorter than the door, some are the same size as the door, and some aren’t even rectangular. So finding a set of shades or drapes that exactly fits the size and shape of your windows can be a chore. But plantation shutters are custom made to your exact specifications, guaranteeing you a perfect fit without the hassle.
Shutters Look Better In Your Front Door
Nothing makes a better impression in your foyer than matching your sidelights to your door. With a variety of colors available, we can easily color match to your door. And nothing compares to the handcrafted, classic style of shutters in your entryway. While some window coverings can look gaudy or cheap, shutters are a sure bet for timeless style.
Shutters Can Go On All Entryway Windows
Blinds, shades, and drapes all need a certain amount of room to put in. If your entryway is cramped or you don’t have much space to the side of your window, you might not be able to put anything up. But shutters can go on any window, no matter what.
Shutters Don’t Move Unless You Want Them To
When your door opens or shuts, it creates a vacuum that may make your blinds or shades rattle, sway or even get snagged in the door itself. 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 be installed on the glass cutout in my door?
Yes. If there’s a window cutout on your front door, we can install a custom shutter frame around it.
Do my shutters have to have a tilt rod?
Not necessarily. Sunburst builds plantation shutters with a “hidden tilt rod,” so all you’ll be able to see are those classic louvers whether they’re open or closed.
Can shutters color match with my door?
Absolutely! We offer shutters in a variety of colors and wood stains, and we can match just about any kind of door.
Find Shutters For Your Philadelphia Sidelights
To learn more about the difference sidelight shutters can make in your Philadelphia home, you don’t even have to leave your home. Get your free in-home consultation with Sunburst Shutters Philadelphia, and we’ll send an expert to your door with all your window treatment options for your home. Fill out the form below or call 215-874-4897 today to get started!