Front Door Styles

Many homes have doors surrounded by windows to add a decorative touch and allow light into the entry way.  These windows are actually part of the entire door unit. The windows and door frame are “mulled” together to create the entryway. “Mulled” means that the frames of the door are attached to each of the windows to create the entryway. Sometimes these are referred to as “millwork window and door units”. 

Below are the common types of front door windows and door units, known as doors with sidelites and transoms.

window and door options, sidelites

Door Sidelite Windows

A door sidelight is a vertical window that flanks a door. While most commonly used to enhance a home's front entrance, sidelights offer beauty and function to any exterior door where a visual emphasis is desired, or where additional light or visibility is needed.

The most common sidelite size is 12” wide, which offers the largest selection of glass options. 10” sidelites are found in certain areas of the country and manufacturers have increased the glass offerings for this size as well. Oversized sidelites are also available, and often require clear or obscure glass due to their unusual size. 


Sidelite Options

arch radius transom above front door

Transom Windows

A transom window is the any window found directly over the top of a door. Transoms allow extra light into the entryway and make the space on the interior and exterior feel taller.  They are available in several different shapes:

Rectangular Transom  Non-operable glass that covers the opening width of the door and the width of the sidelites (as seen in photo at the top of this page).

Arch or Radius Transom  A perfect ½ circle over the width of door and sidelites. See photo on left.

extended leg radius transom over door

Extended Leg Radius Transom 
An arch window with legs. See photo above.

ellipse transom above door

Ellipse Transom  Rounded window not as tall as
a perfect arch. See photo below above.

Palladian Transom Window  Combination window consisting of a large, arch-top center window flanked by two shorter rectangular windows.

All sidelites and transoms are available in leaded glass, clear glass, or obscure glass.  Click here to learn more about door styles, window grid options and window and door glass options.

Front Door Configurations | Remodel

All the above transom options are available for both single and double doors. Certain configurations of doors can be changed to accommodate another style. For example, a double door can be reframed to become a single door with sidelites (as shown below in one of our complete exterior remodel projects).

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