Northern Indiana Front Doors

Stylish Front Doors Make a Statement on Homes Old and New

There’s a growing movement toward modern style among northern Indiana homeowners. Yet the majority of the houses are historic and traditional. Front doors provide an opportunity to update your home to fit either style. There are multiple options for material, finish, design, glass, and color, offering endless combinations to fit your tastes.

South Bend is undergoing a citywide revitalization, while Fort Wayne is experiencing rapid growth in its suburbs. Upgrading your front door lets you take part in the revitalization of your community without taking on the costs of a major remodel.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


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

    The modern style favored in northern Indiana emphasizes light and simplicity. Adding glass to the door itself or decorating around it with sidelights or transom windows brings more light into your front entryway. Sidelights on both sides of a full light glass front door look sleek and provide maximum sunlight.

  • Full light storm door with beveled glass Storm and Screen Doors

    Storm doors can serve many functions. They can help protect an entry door1 from the elements, draw in sunlight in homes with solid front doors, or convert into a screen door for extra ventilation. Storm doors have either interchangeable glass and screens2 or adjustable screens for convenience, so you can adjust your door for light and ventilation depending on your needs.

  • Double Front Doors Double Front Doors

    With two doors, you can get twice the impact on your front entrance. Double front doors create a focal point that boosts your curb appeal and provides a wider entrance into your home. They are equally popular in modern houses and historic homes. For an updated look, choose a simple design with glass or sidelights. For something more traditional, an ornate front door design with decorative glass adds an element of old-time elegance.

  • Wooden Front Doors Wooden Front Doors 

    The natural look of wood is a classic favorite, especially for all the historic homes in and around Elkhart, South Bend, and Fort Wayne. Inside and out, wood offers the most design flexibility. There are designs that fit homes both traditional and modern. Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement, match your home’s exterior, or bring out the natural beauty of wood grain, you can paint or stain a wooden front door any color you choose.

1Storm doors are not offered with wood entry doors. Adding a storm door to a wood entry door would void the warranty.

2Warning: Use caution when children or pets are around open windows and doors. Screens are not designed to retain children or pets

Product Lines


Recommended Customizations*


If you’re interested in adding a touch of style to your front door, consider incorporating sidelights, transoms, and window glass into the design.

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Seattle Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Seattle Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Seattle Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Seattle Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Seattle Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Seattle Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Handle Sets – Santa Cruz Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Satin Nickel

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Satin Nickel

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

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

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

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

Northern Indiana Climate Recommendations


Indiana winters are cold and bitter, with plenty of lake-effect snow coming off Lake Michigan. The cooling effect of the lake also impacts spring. But in the summer, the lake effects wear off and there’s high heat and humidity. With all this weather variation, durable materials with additional protection are important.

Low-e protection

Low-E Protection.

Get year-round protection with Low-E insulating glass on your door windows, sidelights, and transoms. The added insulation helps keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the hot, humid summer.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection.

Storm doors help protect fiberglass and steel entry door frames from cold winters, humid summers, and heavy precipitation. Preserve the look of your front door with a storm door to keep your main entrance looking great for years.

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 and the elements.

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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