Fiberglass door with wood sidelight
I am replacing a 3/0 entry door plus a single 18" sidelight. I would like to go with a fiberglass door from Therma tru and pair it with an 18" sidelight from Simpson. No one makes a fiberglass 18" sidelight, except maybe Jeld-wen/IWP, but I don't like the look of their doors and I have heard they are really expensive.
If I go with continuous sill, I can get the Therma tru door hung with an empty 18" sidelight opening and then get the sidelight slab and install it in the opening on-site. There are door shops that would install the sidelight too, but I would like to make sure the edges are primed first.
Has anyone installed something like this? Is this advisable? Would I be better off getting the Therma tru door hung as a single unit and having a boxed sidelight frame made to match?
I live in Massachusetts, any comments on who does the best job hanging these doors?
I am considering getting the sidelight slab with the Simpson water barrier, performance series options. This is an Medium density overlay that they put on the exterior and they have composite in the bottoms of the stiles like frame saver jambs. Anyone familiar with this? Is it worth the added cost?