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Waterloo Front Doors

Front Doors that are as Practical as They are Stylish

Home styles in Northeastern Iowa include traditional ranch style homes, original farmhouses, modern new construction, and almost everything in between. Getting a new front door for your home can dramatically update the exterior of an existing home, boosting curb appeal and creating a welcoming entranceway. It can also help control your heating and cooling costs during Iowa’s seasonal weather extremes.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles

  • doors with glass and sidelights Front Doors with Glass and Sidelights

    Another popular style is the 6-window front door — to get the look, pair a European ¾ light door with contoured simulated-divided light grilles to mimic the look of individual panes. For a more modern look, consider a flush-glazed full light door with 3-½” flat simulated-divided-light grilles. This gives the look of a 3- or 4-window front door. Front doors with sidelights are another popular option in Iowa. Sidelights allow even more light into the home and look great accompanying both solid panel doors and doors with half or full light glass. The glass design in your sidelights can match the glass within the door panel creating a nice front door and window set. Windows above a front door, called transom windows, can add an additional point of light and visual interest.

  • Black Entry Door Black Front Doors

    Contemporary style is growing in popularity in Iowa. Clean, simple lines and dark colors reflect a contemporary architectural style. Dark colors, like a black front door, look especially striking in a modern setting. Black front doors also set a beautiful contrast next to lighter home exteriors but can complement almost any siding, brick, or stone. In addition to dark color and sleek lines, homeowners are choosing minimalistic doors and hardware, often including blocked or square raised panels or panes of frosted glass. Dark colors and large panes of glass with minimal frames give a modern aesthetic, while sleek hardware adds to the look.

  • Wood Front Doors Wood Front Doors

    Mahogany wood front doors are a growing trend in Iowa. Solid wood doors made from mahogany wood feature a distinctive style that is popular with homeowners. Wood entry doors can match almost any look from contemporary to Craftsman, Mission, or Prairie. Or, get the look of real wood with a low-maintenance mahogany-grain fiberglass stained in a rich color to match the look of true wood. Red Mahogany is a popular stain color for Waterloo homes.

  • Storm and Screen Door Storm and Screen1 Doors 

    A storm door can help to protect your entry door from the elements — keeping snow from accumulating on and directly in front of your door in the winter. Storm doors typically double as screen doors as well, allowing you to open your main entry door in fair weather, inviting the breeze inside. You can get storm doors with interchangeable glass panels and screens or an adjustable screen.

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

Product Lines

Recommended Customizations1

Sidelights and window glass can add style to your front door. Find more customizations here.


  • Classic Collection
  • Modern Collection
  • Essential Collection
  • Rustic Collection
  • Multipoint Locking System

Transoms, Sidelights, and Grilles

  • Rectangular Transom
  • Elliptical Transom
  • Arch Head Transom
  • Full Light Sidelight
  • 3/4 Light Sidelight
  • 1/2 Light Sidelight
  • Traditional Fixed Grilles
  • Traditional Between-the-Glass Grilles

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

Waterloo Climate Recommendations

As the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather in Iowa, just wait five minutes. The climate in the Cedar Valley includes large seasonal temperature differences encompassing severely cold winters, blistering hot summers, and wet springs. Average rainfall in Waterloo is around 35 inches, and average snowfall is similar — around 34 inches.

Winter cold and snow can impact your front door, depending on its finish, the location, the direction it faces, and whether or not there’s an overhang. Heavy air moisture levels can impact a wood door more than other materials like fiberglass. Some homeowners in this area tend toward higher frame, sash and glazing performance with maintenance-free materials.  

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

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

Fiberglass entry doors offer good insulation

Fiberglass Entry Doors

For good insulation. 

Winter and Cold Weather protection

Winter Weather (or Cold Weather)

Frequent storms during the winter bring bitter cold and frozen precipitation. Help 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.

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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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Front Entry Door Projects in Waterloo

These Pella projects in Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Marion will inspire your next project.

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*Study of homeowner perceptions of leading national brands. Study commissioned by Pella, 2021.