Philadelphia Front Doors

Solid Wood Doors for Traditional and Historic Homes

Philadelphia is a city with historic roots. From the beautiful Victorians in Manayunk to the colonial row houses in Rittenhouse square, the City of Brotherly Love has many homes of historical significance. When replacing front doors on homes in historic neighborhoods, consider options that match the style of your home to help maintain the architectural integrity.

Front doors work hard welcoming family and friends and keeping out inclement weather. Front entry doors also serve as a focal point and statement of style on the front of your home. Whether you choose a solid wood or fiberglass replacement door, with the variety of styles, finishes, materials, and colors available from Pella the possibilities are practically endless.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Sidelights and windows on your entry door Front Doors With Glass

    Front doors with decorative glass elements are a hallmark of Victorian style. Replacement front doors with intricately designed statement glass can add a level of authenticity to a historic Victorian-style home. Transom windows—a window above the front door—are commonly seen on center-hall colonials as they bring natural light into the entry hall. Transoms and sidelights are quite beneficial for older, traditional homes with solid doors and homes with narrower lots, like many of Philadelphia’s row homes, as they provide additional light.

  • colonial style home Colonial

    Raised panel doors were frequently seen on early American homes. So much so that four- and six-panel entry doors became nearly ubiquitous with Colonial-style homes. To this day, six-panel doors remain one of the most common entry door styles. Unlike the early Colonists though, today you have the option of getting the same raised panel look from fiberglass doors.

  • Wooden Front Doors Wooden Front Door

    Solid wood entry doors were popular on early American homes and remain a popular choice among homeowners of all home styles today. Pella solid wood front doors made from mahogany and rustic walnut are built-to-order in standard and custom sizes. Fiberglass doors with a wood-grain finish are a low-maintenance option for homeowners who enjoy the aesthetic appeal of real wood.

  • contemporary front door Storm Door1

    In regions where inclement weather occurs, a storm door can help protect your front door and provide an additional barrier against rain, wind, snow, and intense sunshine. Frequently, storm doors are made from aluminum frames that feature interchangeable glass or screen2 panels that allow for added ventilation during mild weather.   

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

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Recommended Customizations*


Give your new entry door the finishing touch with hardware selections that match the style and tone of your home. For more traditional homes, like many of the colonial, Victorian, and Cape Cod-style homes around Philadelphia, consider timeless finishes like bright or antique brass. Try trendy matte black for a more contemporary approach.

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Satin Nickel

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard 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 – Del Mar Bright Brass

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

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Matte Black

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Matte Black

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Matte Black

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Del Mar Matte Black

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 – Chesapeake Matte Black

Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Chesapeake Matte Black

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 Antique Brass

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

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

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

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Eclipse Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Eclipse Bright Brass

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Eclipse Satin Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Eclipse Satin Nickel

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 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 Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Matte Black

Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Matte Black

Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Satin Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Del Mar Satin Nickel

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

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

Philadelphia Climate Recommendations


Summers in Philadelphia are hot and muggy while winters can be cold and unpredictable. Precipitation is expected year-round, and the snow, rain, heat, and humidity can all take a toll on your front door. Materials and finishes that hold up against the elements can help protect your front door while energy-efficient glass can help maintain comfortable temperatures inside.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

Keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer by helping to reduce the loss of climate controlled air from your home. Doors with Low-E insulating glass can help keep your home insulated.

fiberglass windows or doors

Fiberglass Entry Doors

For good insulation with lower maintenance requirements than other materials.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

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. Protect the look of your front door with a storm door to help keep your main entrance looking 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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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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