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St. Louis Front Doors

Stylish Front Doors Bring Personality to Your Home

St. Louis was founded in a strategic location that gave it access to all the materials needed to build a city. That advantage helped give the entire city a more refined architecture than most metro areas. Those refined tastes are still popular today.

Double front doors, decorative glass, and sidelights are all trends that reflect the detailed, historic architecture of St. Louis. These styles fit many of the traditional neighborhoods that put the city’s architecture on the map as well as a modern preference for more natural light and front entrances that make a statement.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles

  • Sidelights and windows on your entry door Glass Doors with Sidelights

    Whether it’s a modern, high-end brick home in The Hill or a restored Victorian in LaFayette Square, glass has been in a feature of front doors in St. Louis for generations. Many home styles, especially more modern and contemporary ones, prefer glass for the large amounts of light and feeling of space. Older homes used it more as a decorative element to create a distinct front entry. Front doors can have windows of all shapes and sizes within the panels or be sandwiched between sidelights in bigger openings that bring in more light.

  • Double Front Door Double Front Doors

    St. Louis is home to some of the most famous Victorian homes in the world: the Painted Ladies lining Lafayette Square. These colorful classics prominently feature double front doors, enhancing the curb appeal of the already stunning homes. Double doors with multiple panels, decorative carvings, and applied moldings fit the refined architecture of St. Louis’ most beloved styles.

  • Wood-look Front Doors Wood-look Front Doors

    Wood-look fiberglass doors are popular among the modern and contemporary style popular in St. Louis butt it's also a fitting option for traditional homes. Glass is a popular addition, but many homeowners in St. Louis like the look and increased privacy of a solid front door.

  • Screen and Storm Entry Door Storm and Screen Doors 

    St. Louis is one of the top 10 “mosquito cities” in the United States. Storm doors are a solution that can help you enjoy fair weather while avoiding the pests. Storm doors and screen doors are one and the same — you can swap out a glass panel for a screen1 or open a retractable screen for on-demand ventilation. Storm doors also help protect fiberglass and steel entry doors from the elements and can bring additional energy efficiency to your home.

1 Warning: 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*

Homeowners in St. Louis are proud of their city’s history and architecture, seen in the artfully restored homes in the oldest neighborhoods. Front doors provide an opportunity to renovate historic homes to their former beauty or bring newer constructions in line with the city’s architectural history. Glass and sidelights with grilles as well as classic and rustic hardware can enhance an elegant entryway.


  • Classic Collection
  • Rustic Collection

Transoms, Sidelights, Screens, and Glass

  • Rectangular Transom
  • Full Light Sidelight
  • 3/4 Light Sidelight
  • 1/2 Light Sidelight
  • Left (or Right) Sidelight
  • Dual Sidelights
  • InViewTM Screen
  • Rolscreen® Retractable Screen
  • Conventional Fiberglass Screen
  • Full Light Glass
  • Flush-Glazed Full Light
  • Full Light Sidelight
  • 3/4 Glass Sidelight
  • European 3/4 Light Glass

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

St. Louis Climate Recommendations

Despite its location in the Midwest, St. Louis is considered a subtropical climate. Summers are as hot and humid as in Texas. But winters are often as cold and chilly as in the Northeast. That fluctuation in temperature and weather can do a number on your front doors unless you take additional precautions.

Fiberglass Doors

Durable Materials

Fiberglass and steel are low-maintenance materials that can help stand up to the ever-changing St. Louis weather. These materials have long-lasting finishes to help resist wear from the sun as well as the elements.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

Storm doors3 provide an additional layer of protection from the mix of precipitation St. Louis experiences, preserving the look of your front door for years to come.

Weather Protection

Low-E Protection

Get year-round protection with Low-E insulating glass on entry doors with windows or sidelights. Low-E glass helps keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the hot, humid summer.

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 St. Louis 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

  •   How do I choose the right paint or stain for my wood windows?
    • 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?
  •   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?
    • A soft cloth and mild cleaner may be used on most Pella hardware finishes. 

      Living finish Oil-Rubbed Bronze hardware will develop its own unique patina with use, care and handling. Simply wipe the hardware with a soft cloth so as not to damage the finish. The changing of color on the hardware is not a warranty issue.

      The solid brass hardware used on some previous vintages of Pella wood hinged (French) patio doors has a clear protective coating to prevent tarnishing. Download instructions to care for solid brass hardware.

      For additional information about how to properly care for your Pella windows and doors, refer to the Cleaning section of the Pella Window and Patio Door Owner's Manual.  

      For further assistance, submit a request to Pella Corporation's customer support team or call (877)-473-5527.

  •   How much does an entry door cost?
  •   What glass options are available on Pella entry doors?
    • Pella offers a variety of unique glass types and distinctive caming to deliver the style, privacy and light you're looking for. Find the glass collections for your Pella product:

  •   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.


      • 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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