Seattle Front Doors

Front Doors Make a Lasting First Impression

It does not matter if you live in a “Seattle Box” in Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill or have embraced the “space-age evolution” of the mid-century modern homes in the hillsides of Seattle. When visitors are at your doorstep, they are all looking at your front door. It sets the tone for the rest of your home, offering a first impression for your guests and a warm welcome for your family.

You need a front door that will function well, complement or enhance the aesthetic and architecture of your home, and welcome friends, family and guests with open arms.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • storm door Storm Doors1 

    For homeowners residing in a city that experiences as much rainfall as Seattle does, a storm door is a smart choice. Storm doors, which typically consist of glass panels that are interchangeable or retractable, can help protect your front door from precipitation. You can even choose between a variety of full-view glass designs to personalize your entrance.

  • Modern entry door with flat simulated light divided grilles Modern Front Door

    As older homes are being replaced with new houses, more Seattle homeowners are expressing interest in the sleek hardware and matte black finishes associated with a modern style. Updating your traditional style home with a new modern front door can offer a fresh look. Homeowners who favor a more contemporary feel for their exterior can opt for a clean-lined door.

  • Double Entry Doors Double Entry Door

    Why settle for one front door when you can have two? Consider a wood-stained fiberglass double front entry door, complete with decorative glass panels and a multi-point lock system. The fiberglass material offers the look of real wood but requires less maintenance. Double entry doors can also bring a sense of style and sophistication to the exterior of your home.

  • white front door White Front Door

    White is one of the most traditional and functional paint colors a homeowner can choose for their front door. It’s no surprise that homeowners in the Pacific Northwest have gravitated towards different shades of white. In Seattle, specifically, white front doors work together with the natural light to help the undertones come through and pull the entire exterior together.

1Adding a storm door to a wood entry door voids the warranty and is not recommended.

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Recommended Customizations*


Consider adding a touch of style to your front door with sidelights, transoms, and window glass. Hardware options and finishes can also complete the look.

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

Essential Collection Handle Sets – Standard Bright Brass

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

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 – 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 Matte Black

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 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 – Del Mar 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 – 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

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Eclipse Satin Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Eclipse Satin Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Grip Satin Nickel

Multipoint Locking System Essential Collection – Grip Satin Nickel

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

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

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

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

Statement Glass - Stella
Statement Glass - Stella
Statement Glass - Castile
Statement Glass - Castile
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

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

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

Seattle Climate Recommendations


Seattle is known for its ever-changing climate, but as its residents will tell you, as long as you expect rain, you’ll be prepared for whatever the weather holds in store. It rains nearly 50 percent of the time in Seattle, particularly in the fall and winter months. The summer, considered the driest season of the year in the city, offers a temporary respite from the year-round precipitation. But when the skies clear, Seattle is often quite pleasant due to its temperate climate, with only a few days out of the year that are either unbearably hot or freezing cold.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

Keep warm in the winter by helping to reduce the heat loss from your home. Doors with panes of glass with Low-E may help keep your home insulated, blocking out the cold and helping keep the heat in.

Salty Air

Salty Air

In coastal climates close to water, your windows and doors are more 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. Consider fiberglass to help maintain door integrity.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

Storm doors2 provide an additional layer of protection from the mix of precipitation, preserving the look of your front door for years to come.

2Storm doors are not offered with wood entry doors. Adding a storm door to a wood entry door would void the warranty.

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 and Doors of Seattle 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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