Installing a door with an attached sidelight requires just a little extra attention; especially if the sidelight is attached to hinge side of the door. In this situation, there is no way to fasten the swinging door to the wall studs. This is normally accomplished by driving a 2 1/2 inch screw through the top hinge. However, if the sidelight is fastened to the hinge side of the door, this step cannot be completed. Installing trim screws through the exterior jambs will aid in securing your door.
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.