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.

Product Lines


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.

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets - Seattle Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets - Seattle Polished Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets - Seattle Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets - Seattle Satin Nickel

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Seattle Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets – Seattle Polished Chrome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve 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

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Plazo Polished Chrome

Modern Collection Baldwin® Reserve – Plazo Polished Chrome

  • Full Light Glass
  • Flush-Glazed Full Light Glass
  • 3/4 Light Glass
  • 1/2 Light Glass
  • European 3/4 Light Glass
  • Twin 3/4 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

2Not 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 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 and installation warranty and service agreement that cover your products and their installation – including labor – for up to 10 years. See 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. An 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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