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San Diego Front Doors

Front Doors Make a Statement on Your Style

Homes in San Diego are as diverse as the city’s population. In the East Village alone, you can find Victorian, classical revival, Craftsman and bungalow, Mission Style, Swiss chalet, Tudor, Art Deco, and postmodern contemporary houses.

Front door designs are equally diverse. You can find an entry door to fit your home’s architecture or match your own tastes for a modern, eclectic style seen in many San Diego neighborhoods. With numerous material, style, color, and finish options and the ability to customize your look, a new front door gives you a chance to make a bold statement and boost your home’s aesthetic.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles

  • entry doors with glass and sidelights Entry Doors with Glass and Sidelights

    Glass front doors use full light, ¾ light, and other geometrical window shapes to incorporate glass within the door panel. You can also bring in light with glass surrounding your exterior door. Modern and contemporary styles emphasize light, so adding a transom window above your front door or sidelights next to the door creates the look of a wall of glass. A full-glass front entrance gives you maximum sunlight and increased curb appeal.

  • Full light storm door with beveled glass Modern and Contemporary Style

    San Diego houses have a variety of architectural influences but modern, mid-century modern, and contemporary are the predominant styles. They’re also the preferred styles for interior decorating. Modern entry doors have clean lines, smooth surfaces, and glass to let in lots of light. Mid-century modern front doors are similar but use glass in geometric shapes and long, horizontal rectangles. Like modern doors, contemporary front doors are sleek and minimalist but may have round or curved elements.

  • Wooden Front Doors Double Front Doors

    Double entry doors have twice the visual impact. The wider entrance adds a bold design element to the front of your home. Modern full light double doors flood your front entryway with natural light and create a stylish, welcoming impression for your guests. Contemporary glass options add a sleek, modern look, while obscure glass provides more privacy.

  • Glass Front Doors with Sidelights or Transoms Screen Doors1 

    Screen doors are sought just as much at the front entrance as on the back patio. Front screen doors allow for additional ventilation and enjoyment of San Diego’s beautiful weather. Storm doors are another popular option because they help protect your front door from salty sea air, heat, and sun while providing practical flexibility. You can get storm doors with both glass and screen1 panels that you can change with the seasons or an adjustable screen for a more convenient way to open your home to an ocean breeze.

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

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Recommended Customizations2

Design trends in San Diego are as eclectic as the neighborhoods. Chrome, satin nickel, brushed nickel, brass, and gold are contemporary favorites for hardware. And homeowners are using a mix of their favorites to create more complex, layered looks. Entry doors with glass, sidelights, and transom windows enhance the modern aesthetic.


  • Classic Collection
  • Modern Collection

Transoms, Sidelights, and Glass

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

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

San Diego Climate Recommendations

San Diego’s year-round beautiful weather is classified as a Mediterranean climate, which is common in coastal cities. Summers are dry, warm, and sunny. Winters are wetter and cooler, but precipitation and temperature don’t vary as much as in other locations. Materials and finishes that can hold up to the salty air and dry Santa Ana winds can help preserve the appearance and performance of your entry door. Energy efficient glass is recommended for front doors with glass to help keep your home comfortable on all the sunny days.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

When nearly every day is warm and sunny, Low-E insulating glass on doors, transoms, and sidelights can help keep your home more comfortable and your energy costs down. SunDefense™ Low-E Insulating Glass with Argon can block 94 percent of the sun’s heat and ultraviolet rays.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials

In coastal climates close to water, doors are vulnerable to corrosion from the salt in the air. The closer your home is to the water, the more susceptible you are to the effects. Fiberglass and steel are low-maintenance options that can better resist wear from the sun and the ocean air.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

The elements can cause wear and decreased door performance. Help protect the look of your front door with a storm door to 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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A Pella Windows & Doors of San Diego 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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Front Entry Door Projects in San Diego

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*Based on a 2020 survey of leading window brands among homeowners.