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 Customizations2


Sidelights, transoms, and window glass can add style to your front door. Consider:

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Bright Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Antique Brass

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Antique Brass

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Elkhorn Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Eclipse Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Eclipse Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Grip Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Grip Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Bright Brass

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 Antique Brass

Multipoint Locking System Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Multipoint Locking System Rustic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Longview Distressed Bronze

Statement Glass
Statement Glass
Statement Glass
Statement Glass
Select Glass - Verona
Select Glass - Verona
Select Glass - Brighton
Select Glass - Brighton
Select Glass - Castile
Select Glass - Castile
Select Glass - Rosetta
Select Glass - Rosetta
Select Glass - Sheffield
Select Glass - Sheffield
Select Glass - Stella
Select Glass - Stella

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

2Not 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.

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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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?

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