Entry and Patio Door Options Include Sidelights and Transoms for Greater Impact

A door is a door is a door. Except maybe when it’s a set of custom exterior French doors from ProVia, complemented with sidelites to the left and right and a handsome matching transom over top.

A lot of decisions go into choosing a custom front door, like color, number of panels and hardware style.  But one of the most creative choices you have is the type of configuration.

Whether you settle on a set of exterior French doors or just one front or patio door, there are six main configurations available for each type:

  • Just the door(s)
  • The door(s) with a sidelite to the right or left
  • The door(s) with a sidelite on each side
  • Just the door(s) with a transom over top
  • The door(s) with one sidelite and a transom
  • The door(s) with a sidelite on each side and a transom
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Additional front and patio door customization, whether for French doors or a single door, is available via the style of sidelite (ie full length is covered by glass or a combination of panel and glass).


The availability of sidelite styles varies depending on the door type. In ProVia’s case, we have three lines of fiberglass exterior doors, Embarq, Signet and Heritage, and one line of steel exterior doors, the Legacy series. Each line offers a range of sidelite styles (On the fence regarding door type? Read our fiberglass vs. steel door article to learn the differences between the two).  

Further expanding your exterior French door or single door customization choices, fiberglass and steel doors are available with window options ranging from no window to full glass, with everything in between, accompanied by panels that vary in size, shape and number. 

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The no-window option, whether for single or French doors, is popular with homeowners who place a premium on privacy. In these cases, sidelites and a transom outfitted with decorative glass can provide much needed interior light without compromising the homeowner’s concerns.

Aside from privacy, another factor that needs to be considered during the selection of a custom front door is beauty, which itself comprises a whole range of decisions, such as the color of the paint or finish, as well decorative vs. clear glass and wood-textured vs. smooth surfaces. Adding a French door to your home entryway makes a grand design statement.

Other factors homeowners don’t have to worry about with ProVia exterior French doors are durability and energy efficiency. Virtually every possible combination of door, glass, sidelite and transom are built to last a lifetime, and are ENERGY STAR® Certified.

ProVia and its outstanding network of dealers also help ease the load for homeowners by providing expert assistance in working through every critical decision in the door customization process. We can help not only with technical decisions like energy efficiency but also with questions concerning the aesthetic compatibility of all of the components of your single or French front door.

Combined with appropriate glass, window style and hardware choices, any configuration of sidelites and transoms can be customized to create the right front door for your home, whether it be a Craftsman bungalow, a three-story Victorian or a sleek, ultra-modern number.

Use ProVia's Visualizer to create the ideal custom entry door for your home.