Northern California Front Doors

Front Doors add Style and Boost Curb Appeal

Northern California has an eclectic mix of home styles. In San Francisco, you can walk a block and see five different distinct architectural styles: Eastlake, Mission, Mediterranean Revival, Eichler, Art Deco, and more. Front doors offer the design flexibility to fit any of these styles or add a contemporary yet complementary touch.

An entry door can blend in with your home’s existing design. But many homeowners prefer to make a statement. With all the different styles, materials, finishes, and colors, the design combinations are almost endless. You can go simple but bold with a solid red front door or make an impression by adding windows or sidelights to your entry door.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Fiberglass front doors Glass Front Doors

    Adding a window to your door invites more California sunshine into your entryway and creates a stylish exterior aesthetic. Full light entry doors have a single large glass panel and no grids, giving your home a more contemporary appearance. There are dozens of other window options for doors — including ½ light and ¾ light — that can fit your style preferences. Simple, clean panel and glass options are the best fits for contemporary style.

  • Full light storm door with beveled glass Modern Style

    In the Bay Area alone, there are more than 10,000 Eichler homes, a modern architectural style popularized in the 50s and 60s. Modern style homes emphasize clean lines, smooth surfaces, and natural light. Modern front doors are full glass, surrounded by windows, or both. Entry doors with sidelights and transoms provide a modern look, even on more traditional homes.

  • Wooden Front Doors Double Entry Doors

    Another element of the modern and contemporary styles trending in Northern California, double doors create a wider, more impactful entrance. With the addition of glass, transom windows, or sidelights, double front doors can bring twice the light and turn into a focal point for your house. Double entry doors are equally popular in older, more traditional styles where the designs are more ornate and decorative.

  • Glass Front Doors with Sidelights or Transoms Storm Doors 

    Storm doors help protect your front entry door from the elements. Salty sea air, heat, sun, and wildfire smoke can cause fading and wear. Storm doors are made out of aluminum to help withstand these damaging elements. They also double as screen doors. You can get storm doors with interchangeable glass panels and screens1 or an adjustable screen that you can operate and open like a window when you want to enjoy a nice coastal breeze.

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


Glass, sidelights, and transoms can fit any style, but especially the contemporary front doors preferred by Californians from Sacramento to Fresno. Sleek, minimalist door handles pair best with this modern look.

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Seattle Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Seattle Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Seattle Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Seattle Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Seattle Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Seattle Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Seattle Matte Black

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Seattle Matte Black

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Santa Cruz Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Santa Cruz Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Santa Cruz Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Santa Cruz Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Santa Cruz Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Santa Cruz Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Matte Black

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Santa Cruz Matte Black

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Matte Black

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve - Santa Cruz Matte Black

  • Full Light Glass
  • 3/4 Light Glass
  • 1/2 Light Glass
  • Double Door
  • Dual Sidelights
  • Dual Sidelight - Rectangular Transom
  • Left (or Right) Sidelight - Rectangular Sidelight
  • Left (or Right) Sidelight
  • Single Door - Rectangular Transom
  • Double Door - Rectangular Transom

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

Northern California Climate Recommendations


From the San Francisco Bay to the Sierra Nevada mountains and the valleys in between, Northern California has a broad range of climates. Low-E insulating glass protects against the California sun. Materials and finishes that can hold up to the area’s diverse climate help preserve the look and performance of your front door.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

In the unprecedented drought and dry conditions, SunDefense™ Low-E Insulating Glass can help block a significant percentage of the sun’s heat and ultraviolet rays. Low-E insulating glass helps keep your home comfortable on those frequent sunny days.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials

Fiberglass and steel are low-maintenance options that can help stand up to all kinds of weather. These materials have long-lasting finishes to help resist wear from the sun, extreme weather in the mountains, and salty air along the coast.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

Prepare wooden entry doors for the humid coastal winds, salty ocean air, and abundant sunshine. EnduraClad® and EnduraClad® Plus exterior finishes help resist fading and look great for years.

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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Explore Your Options with an Expert

A Pella Doors and Windows of Northern California 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?

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