Those long, thin windows on the sides of your entry door are known as sidelights. And while they can brighten up your foyer, give you a great view onto your front porch, and frame your entrance beautifully, it’s not a great idea to leave them uncovered.
What is a great idea is to install plantation shutters on your New York City home’s sidelight windows.
Shutters Pair Best With Front Door Sidelights
No window covering pairs as well with sidelights than plantation shutters. These are just some of the benefits waiting for your entryway.
Shutters Protect Your Privacy
If a solicitor or stranger is knocking on your door, you probably don’t want them to be able to peer through a thin curtain or between the slats of your blinds. With sidelight shutters, you can completely block your interior from prying eyes, keeping your privacy intact. Simply adjust 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, forcing your furnace or AC to work harder. But you might not think as much about the heat that is lost or gained through your windows. Polywood® plantation shutters are the most energy-efficient window covering you can buy – 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 hear a car pull in the driveway. A set of blinds can easily be torn through by a curious 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 solid enough to withstand even the rowdiest use, and your family can look through them without having to touch the window pane.
Shutters Are Easier To Get the Size You Need
Sidelights are all different. Some are a fraction of the size of the door, some are the same height as the door, and some may not even be the same shape. So finding a set of blinds or curtains that perfectly matches the size and shape of your windows could be a pain. But plantation shutters are custom made to your exact specifications, which promises a perfect fit without the headache.
Shutters Look Better In Your Front Door
Almost nothing makes a better impression in your foyer than matching your sidelights to your door. With a great selection of colors available, we can seamlessly color match to your door style. And nothing compares to the handcrafted, timeless look of shutters in your front door. Whereas some window treatments might look chintzy or cheap, shutters are a sure bet for timeless fashion.
Shutters Work With All Entryway Windows
Curtains and shades both require a minimum amount of room to hang. If your front entryway is narrow or you don’t have a certain amount of space to the side of your window, it might be impossible to hang anything up. But shutters can go on any window, no matter what.
Shutters Won’t Move Unless You Move Them
When your door opens or shuts, it creates a vacuum effect that may make your blinds or shades rattle, sway or even get caught in the door itself. Shutters stay put at all times, since they’re attached to the window frame.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sidelight Shutters
What types of shutters can be installed on sidelights?
Can shutters be installed on the glass cutout in my door?
They sure can. If you have a window cutout on your actual door, we can install a custom shutter frame on it.
Do sidelight shutters have to have a tilt rod?
Not in all cases. Sunburst builds plantation shutters with a “hidden tilt rod,” which means all you’ll be able to see are those smart louvers whether they’re open or shut.
Can your shutters match the color of my door?
Yes! We build shutters in a wide array of colors and wood stains, and we can color match just about any style of door you might have.
Find Shutters For Your New York City Sidelights
To learn more about the difference sidelight shutters can make in your New York City home, you don’t even have to walk out the door. Set up a free in-home consultation with Sunburst Shutters New York, and we’ll send an expert to your door with all your options for window treatments for your home. Use the form below or call 631-246-3930 today to get started!