Composite doors and side panels are continuing to grow in popularity. There modern stylish and spacious designs means they fit perfectly both contemporary and traditional style homes and with such a range of bespoke design options available you can really tailor your front door exactly to your taste.
Composite doors are the latest type of front doors specifically designed to eradicate the flaws of older door models such as uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride) and timber which both have their limitations.
Composite doors are made up of different a number of different materials, including PVC (plasticized polyvinyl chloride), insulating foam, GRP (glass reinforced plastic), and different types of wood. This design is the main reason why composite doors are strong, durable, and long lasting.
Not only are composite doors are much thicker than uPVC doors and they are more secure, too. In fact, you can find out just how secure composite doors are with our in depth guide.
As well as being extremely secure composite doors are also ultra stylish. Their bespoke nature mean they can be customised to your exact needs, allowing you can match your front door perfectly with the rest of your home.
A key feature of bespoke composite doors are their side panels, with such a wide variety of styles available this guide looks at each in detail, helping you to decide which is the right choice for you.
What is a Side Panel?
Side panels are traditionally vertical panels made of glass or composite material, they usually feature a large pane of glass to either side of the composite door but can include a mid rail, breaking up the glass into two sections. Side panels can also come in the form of Top Box’s which sit above your front door.
Composite door side panels can be used for both decorative as well as functional reasons. They allow you to extend the frame of your front door, offering the look of a wider entrance as well as inviting more natural light into your home.
As well as making your door look larger, side panels also exude elegance and class, creating an illusion of having more space which can be occupied by stylish glass designs to match that which forms part of your composite door.
This makes side panels perfect if you’re looking to make a great first impression for your home. A modern composite door and side panels can make a real statement, allowing your front door to look elegant and sophisticated while still remain functional and highly durable.
Why Choose Side Panels
There are a number of reasons to add side panels to your composite door. Below we highlight the three main advantages side panels offer home owners and we hope at least one will convince you that side panels are an excellent addition to your front door.
- Stylish Design – As with composite doors, the side panels available are manufactured in the same way ensuring you can match them with perfect symmetry to your front door. Not only will the design look the same, but colours can be chosen to compliment each other to deliver a real wow factor when it comes to first impressions.
- Natural Light – What home owner does not want to invite more natural light in to their living space? With side panels you offset large front door areas that may block sunlight by offering an direct passage way in to your porch or entrance hall.
- Elegant Finishing Touch to Exterior – As mentioned with the stylish design of side panels now available they offer a beautiful way to top of the exterior of your home. By compliment composite doors, side panels give a real touch of class to any home.
Different Types of Composite Door Side Panels
As with your choice of composite door the side panels you add to finish the look of your front door come in a number of varying styles. The style of side panel you choose may be limited to the space you have available, and to which side of your door the side panel can fit. Below we explore each type of composite door side panel in detail, allowing you make the right choice for your home.
Right Side Panel
This side panel is perfect for modern homes with spacious entrances. The style is contemporary and minimalistic while still remaining affordable as an extra addition to your composite door. The side panel is also an excellent way to welcome more light in to your porch or entrance hall.
Left Side Panel
Like the right side panel, the left side door panel is also perfect for modern homes with extra space around the door frame. It is also suitable for smaller homes where there may not be as much space for large double door frames or two side panels.
As with the right side panel, it is both stylish and functional, allowing you to complement your composite door while added a stylish finishing touch to the front of your home.
Half Side Panels
Half side panels are similar to both the left and right options above but split in to half. This allows for a number of options. You can have a mid rail divider to split the side panel window in to two or to choose to only a top half side panel, perfect for homes which may have restrictions of some sort on full side panels.
Both Side Panels
This type of side panel is perfect for larger houses. It offers both natural light and stylish glass side panels to either side of your composite door, offering the illusion of a larger door frame while welcoming in plenty of natural light as well.
By choosing both left and right side panels you have the choice to mix and match the choice of glass you go for. This allows you to choose from a number of options including clear and plain glass, or textured, obscure, glue chip, aquatex, rain, gray, bronze, and glacier glass.
Composite Door with Top Box
Top box’s are perfect for home owners wanting to have the many benefits of side panels but with out the space or room to add glass either side of their composite door. Top box door design is not new, often seen on traditional homes and adds a touch of elegance to modern homes and front doors.
This classy design allows you to keep the style of glass simple and elegant, adding a finishing touch above your front door.
Top box’s are perfect for big houses with large space above the front door frame. It is classic and perfect for added decoration above your door. If you have a home and you want to make a grand entrance for, this is an amazing choice.
Top Box & Right Side Panel
This side panel makes the door seem larger as do other styles of side panels by not only extending the look of your composite to the side but also above as well. It allows a considerable amount of light to flow into the receiving area of your home and adds a real stylish finish to your front door.
Top Box & Left Side Panel
This side panel is the same as the above with the side panel to the left of the front door. This choice may be made because it is the preferred choice of the home owner but is often made because of restrictions meaning the side panel must be placed there.
As with the choice above this side panel and top box combination make the your front door space seem bigger and is perfect for a rang of house types. Highly decorative, if you decide to use this side panel type, it’s best to choose stained glasses.
Composite side panels are usually glazed with plain or textured backing glass. Like composite doors, the frame of side panels are made of different types of materials such as GRP, PVC, insulating foam, and various kinds of wood. By manufacturing side panels in the same way to your composite door you can ensure you get a consistent look across both your front door and side panel.
Composite doors and side panels are both classy, elegant, durable, secure, and extremely attractive. They exude a classic yet youthful vibe and come in a range of different colors such as white, black, poppy red, oak, green, red, and many more. This allows you to choose the colour and style that is the best fit for your home.
As with composite doors, side panels can also be easily cleaned. This means you won’t have to waste continually cleaning your composite door and side panels to keep them looking shiny and fresh the natural finish of the designs will mean this is taken care of for you.
Side Panel Prices
Composite side panels are more expensive than regular side panels however they are also more durable and secure so an investment well worth making for your home.
Fully Glazed Side Panel
|Width / Height in Millimeters||501 to 1000||270 to 500|
|1600 and below||£250||£150|
|1601 to 2200||£275||£185|
|2201 to 3000||£350||£225|
Fully Glazed with Mid Rail
|Width / Height in Millimeters||501 to 100||290 to 500|
|1600 and below||£175||£275|
|1601 to 2200||£210||£300|
|2201 to 3000||£250||£375|
The price of the side panel also depends on the type of the glass that you use. Here’s a list of different glass designs that you can use and their starting prices:
- Clear glass – £280
- Blue Diamond Pattern – £325
- White Diamond Pattern – £335
- Big Rose – £365
- Small Rose Pattern – £ 365
- Colored Tulip – £365
- White Tulip – $420
- Four Diamonds – £420
- White Flower – £360
- Textured Diamond – £350
- Textured Flower – £350
- Diamond Rain Texture – £370
There’s a wide array of glass types, materials, and colours that you can choose from so if you’re building your dream house and you want it to look exquisite and well-lit, then it’s a good idea to choose composite door side panels. For an even more indepth look at how much a composite door is likely to cost head over to our price page.
Overall side panels are an excellent choice for home owners with the space to house them. They allow you to compliment the stylish design of your front door with decorative, modern glass options and add a real elegant finish to the exterior of your home.