Boston Front Doors

Custom Front Doors for Historic Boston Homes

It’s not too difficult to find historic homes and traditional architectural styles in a city founded in 1630. Rich with history and brimming with charm, Boston is home to a variety of beautiful home styles, including single-family Colonial- and Victorian-style homes as well as iconic multi-family row houses and townhomes. New and replacement front doors help improve energy efficiency and enhance the character of storied Boston homes. Whether a wood, fiberglass, or steel entry door, homeowners can customize their Pella entry doors to complement their unique preferences. 

Commonly known as: main door, entry door, entrance door, exterior front doors

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Fiberglass front doors Front Doors with Glass

    The addition of glass to a front door is a popular way to customize entryways in many different styles of homes. In Colonial-style homes, which historically are designed with a narrow central hall, a transom window above a solid panel front door provides the opportunity for natural light to filter into the entry. Especially in narrow or attached homes like the iconic townhomes around Beacon Hill, a front door with sidelights or a transom can help brighten up the front of the home. In Victorian and Craftsman-style homes, the addition of decorative or stained glass in a front door system provides an artful touch common to both styles.

  • Full light storm door with beveled glass Custom Front Doors

    A decorative front door makes a statement about the home it protects. From a new build in Natick to a timeless waterfront home in Hingham, homeowners can customize a Pella entry door to suit their needs. Thinking about a pop of color? Choose from a rainbow of finish colors, including red, black and blue with a fiberglass entry door. Add a screen1 door to catch ocean breezes or a storm door2 to protect your home from blustery weather. Choose traditional grille patterns and wood-look finishes for a historic home or opt for a contemporary front door with square grille profiles and high-contrast hardware.

  • Fiberglass Front Doors Wooden Front Doors

    Wood entry doors are commonly found on historic homes and still adored by homeowners today for their timeless charm and natural beauty. Whether you choose a walnut front door or mahogany front door, Pella solid wood front doors feature an all-wood core for good insulation. Available in several panel options and finish choices, Boston-area homeowners can find the wooden entry doors of their dreams.

  • Double Entry Doors Double Entry Doors 

    Boston. A narrow set of double doors are especially common on many of the city’s iconic townhomes. Double entry doors are available in a wide variety of configurations to best meet the needs of your home, from traditional fiberglass double entry doors with glass to more modern double front doors with crisp, clean lines.

1Warning: Use caution when children or pets are around open windows and doors. Screens are not designed to retain children or pets.

2Adding a storm door to a wood entry door voids the warranty and is not recommended.

Product Lines


Recommended Customizations3


Sidelights, transoms, and window glass are just one way to customize your front door. Different hardware finishes and styles can help enhance a traditional look or add a fresh, contemporary touch to your entry door.  Find more customizations here.

Hardware

  • Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Bright Brass
  • Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Antique Brass
  • Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Oil-Rubbed Bronze
  • Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del MarMatte Black
  • Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Satin Nickel
  • Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets — Chesapeake Bright Brass
  • Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets — Chesapeake Antique Brass
  • Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets — Chesapeake Oil-Rubbed Bronze
  • Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets — Chesapeake Satin Nickel
  • Essential Collection Handle Sets – Bright Brass
  • Essential Collection Handle Sets – Oil-Rubbed Bronze
  • Essential Collection Handle Sets – Satin Nickel

Transoms, Sidelights, and Grilles

  • Full Light Sidelight
  • ¾ Light Sidelight
  • ½ Light Sidelight
  • ¼ Light Sidelight
  • Decorative Glass
  • Elliptical Transom
  • Rectangular Transom

1Not all customizations are available in all Pella product lines.

Boston Climate Recommendations


Boston experiences four distinct seasons. Summers here tend to be warm and humid, while winters bring cold temps and, often, heavy snowfall. Spring and fall months in the region tend to be breezy and mild. Thanks to its coastal location on the Massachusetts Bay, Boston is prone to nor’easters, which can bring ample precipitation. Consider insulating glass and durable front door materials to keep your Boston home comfortable year-round. 

Salty Air

Salty Air

In coastal climates close to water, your windows and doors are more vulnerable to corrosion from the salt in the air. The closer your home is to the water, the more susceptible you are to the effects. Consider fiberglass to help maintain door integrity.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

Keep warm in the winter by helping to reduce the heat loss from your home. Doors with panes of glass with Low-E may help keep your home insulated, blocking out the cold and helping keep the heat in.

Winter Weather

Winter Weather

Frequent storms during the winter bring bitter cold and frozen precipitation. Protect your door from the elements with a storm door from Pella.

Why Choose Pella?


Customized with You in Mind

Pella windows and doors are made specifically for your home because one size doesn't fit all. With access to many materials, colors and options, including exclusive snap-in options for shades, blinds and grilles, along with smart home products and a proprietary finishing process that helps provide a quality finish.

Built to Last

Pella products are backed by some of the strongest window, door and installation warranties in the business. When installed by a Pella branch, your project is backed by our Pella Care Guarantee, our package of product warranties, installation warranty and service agreement that covers your products and their installation — including labor — for up to 10 years. See the written limited warranty for details, including exceptions and limitations, or contact Pella Customer Service at 877-473-5527.

We Come to You

An in-home consultation can help you explore all options and get a professional opinion on what will work best for you. During the consultation, local window professionals can come to your home to assess your window replacement needs and understand your priorities and budget.

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A Pella Windows & Doors of Boston expert can help you pick out a window that fits your home - and your style. Find your local Pella representative to schedule a free in-home consultation, measurement, and estimate.

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Frequently Asked Questions


  •   What factory-prefinished stain and paint colors are available on Pella products?
    • Wood Windows and Patio Doors – Wood interiors offer more design flexibility — windows and patio doors can be stained or painted to match your decor.  Explore the interior and exterior finish options available for Pella's wood products.

      As part of Pella Corporation’s commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, we use Water-Based Green Chemistry. Our factory-applied stain is water-based, which significantly decreases the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted into the air.

      Fiberglass Windows and Patio Doors – Available in colors offering the quality look of painted wood — including a dual-color option. Explore the interior and exterior finish options available for Pella's fiberglass products.

      Vinyl Windows and Patio Doors – Pella's unique vinyl formula is performance-tested for excellent weathering, durability, and color retention. Solid- and Dual-Color frames are available. Explore the interior and exterior finish options available for Pella's vinyl products.

      Fiberglass and Steel Entry Doors – You'll save time and finishing costs when your entry door arrives prefinished in your choice of paint or stain color that will look beautiful for years. Explore interior and exterior finish options for Pella's fiberglass and steel entry doors.

  •   How do I choose the right paint or stain for my wood windows and doors?
    • Stained Wood Interior Finish – Pella strongly recommends the use of a good-quality pre-stain wood conditioner before staining Pella windows and patio doors to reduce the possibility of a blotchy-looking, uneven finish. Ask your paint or finishing professional to recommend a pre-stain wood conditioner, a stain and a finishing coat that are compatible.

      Painted Wood Interior Finish – The most important consideration to make when choosing your paint is good blocking resistance — the ability of a paint to resist sticking. Failure to use a high-quality paint with good blocking resistance may result in a window or door that sticks shut, even after the paint has dried. Ask your qualified paint professional to recommend a paint with good blocking resistance. Don't simply rely on a paint's price or brand name in making your selection. Expensive paint may not necessarily offer good blocking resistance. Also, ask your paint professional to recommend a wood primer and paint that are compatible and whether sanding is required between coats of paint.

      Explore the factory pre-finish options available for Pella's wood products.

  •   Which Pella doors are available with SmartKey® Technology?
    • SmartKey Technology is available, and comes standard, on Pella's fiberglass and steel entry doors.  Architect Series® sliding, French and hinged patio doors with hardware from the Rustic, Classic or Modern Collection will have SmartKey Technology.

      Learn more about Pella's hardware collections and how to use SmartKey Technology.

  •   Where can I get paint or stain to match the interior and exterior of my Pella products?
    • Paints and stains for Pella products are available in quarts and gallons via special order through Lowe's stores or your local Pella Window and Door Showroom. You will need to provide the color of the paint or stain that you need to place an order.

      Or you may take the color or stain desired along with the substrate you are trying to match to your local Sherwin-Williams® or home improvement store and have them custom match the color.

      If you don't have a Pella paint chip or just need a small bottle of touch up paint or stain for dings and scratches, submit a request to Pella Corporation's customer support team or call (877) 473-5527 for further assistance.

      Be sure to consult with your local paint or finish store representative or professional to help address your specific finishing needs and review the Finishing section of your Pella Owner's Manual for details about how to properly finish your Pella products.

  •   How do I clean and restore shine to the handles and hardware on my windows and doors?
  •   How much does an entry door cost?
  •   What glass options are available on Pella entry doors?
  •   Do I need to finish my Pella entry door?
    • If your fiberglass or steel entry door from Pella was delivered without an interior or exterior finish (paint or stain), you must finish it within 30 days to protect your investment.

      If your wood entry door from Pella was delivered without an interior or exterior finish (paint or stain), you must finish it within 14 days to protect your investment. 

      The Pella warranty does not cover issues associated with failure to properly finish in a timely manner. Get complete details on your warranty, including exceptions and limitations.

      NOTES:  

      • For a professional-looking painted finish, it's important to use a quality brush or spray technique. Contact your local paint professional for recommendations.
      • Installation of a steel entry door within five miles of a seacoast is not recommended due to the risk of corrosion, and it will void Pella's steel entry door warranty.

      Be sure to consult with your local paint or finish store representative or professional to help address your specific finishing needs and review the Finishing section of the Pella Entry Door Owner's Manual for details about how to properly finish your Pella entry door.

  •   What do I need to know about finishing or refinishing my entry door?
    • Before finishing your entry door system, you must know whether your entry door panel and sidelights are fiberglass or steel. If you're unsure if your entry door is made of fiberglass or steel, place a magnet on your door — if it sticks, it's most likely steel.

      Your Pella packaging and sales invoice should also indicate the door type. Check with your Pella representative for specific information on your product. Visit the Pella Help Library for finishing tips.

  •   How do I stain my fiberglass entry door?
    • If you desire a stained wood appearance on your wood-grain fiberglass door panels, sidelights, and glass frames, apply gel stain and clear finish according to the manufacturer's directions. For best results, always apply stain in the direction of the grain. Be sure to finish door edges.

      Visit the Pella Help Library for staining tips.

  •   How do I paint my fiberglass entry door?
    • If you're going to paint your entry door panel, be sure to ask a qualified paint or finishing professional to recommend a paint with good blocking resistance. Don't rely on a paint's price or brand name in making your selection — an expensive paint may not necessarily offer good blocking resistance. Failure to use a high-quality paint with good blocking resistance may result in a door that sticks shut even after the paint has dried.

      Once you have the right paint, promptly paint all exterior surfaces, including door panel edges, with two coats of quality exterior paint with good blocking resistance. Then paint all interior surfaces with two coats of quality interior paint with good block resistance.

      NOTE: Applying thick layers of paint may hide the texture of the door panel.

      1. Stir paint well.
      2. Wet only the tip of the brush, and apply one thin coat. Brush in the direction of the grain.
      3. Apply paint to various door components first, such as the door edges, brickmould, jambs, mullions, glazing frames and wood frames. Then paint the panel.
      4. Clean brush.
      5. Wait at least six hours between each coat application of the paint. Finish must be completely dry before applying the next coat. Do not sand between coats.
      6. Repeat Steps 1–4 for each additional coat applied.

      NOTE: A primer may be necessary to get proper adhesion. Contact your local paint supplier to determine if a primer is necessary with the selected paint.

      CAUTION: Finish all exposed door panel edges, including the top edge. This helps reduce the chance of warping. After finishing the entry door system, allow the door to dry completely, in accordance with the paint manufacturer’s directions, before closing it.

      Be sure to consult with your local paint or finish store representative or professional to help address your specific finishing needs and review the Finishing section of the Pella Entry Door Owner's Manual for details about how to properly finish your Pella entry door. 

      Get complete warranty details for your entry door, including exceptions and limitations.

  •   Does Pella sell fire-rated entry doors? How can I tell if I have a fire-rated entry door from Pella?
    • Yes, Pella sells fire-rated entry doors and will have two foil stickers indicating that they are fire-rated. The first is a silver sticker located on the frame or jamb; the second is a black sticker noting that is it a 20-minute rated panel.

  •   How long is the factory prefinish warranty on entry doors?
  •   Can I install a storm door on my Pella entry door?
    • Entry door systems from Pella are designed to be compatible with the installation of a Pella storm door. Below are a few things to consider:

      • A ventilating Pella storm door is optimal for use with an entry door from Pella.
      • The use of a storm door of any type in higher temperature climates is not recommended.
      • The combination of a darker color and direct sun can affect the panel material of an entry door from Pella when a storm door is used.
      • The use of the ventilating screen is recommended during the summer months when using a fullview storm door with an entry door from Pella.

      Learn more about Pella storm doors.

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