Vermont Front Doors

Durable Front Entry Doors for Vermont Homes

From the shores of Lake Champlain to The Green Mountain Forest, traditional-style architecture and classic New England charm abound in Vermont. Notably, farmhouses, Cape Cod-style, Queen Anne-style and Colonial revival homes are among the traditional styles found in The Green Mountain State. 

With a mean state temperature of 43º F, front doors in Vermont have to do more than just look good, they need to keep homes comfortable and protected from the elements. Thanks to advances in entry door technology, homeowners can enjoy energy efficiency whether they opt for a wood, fiberglass or steel front door. Many homeowners enjoy the look of traditional entry doors on traditional-style homes, but with so many customizations available today, there are nearly limitless options to create a one-of-a-kind front door that matches your home and is a reflection of your personal style.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Wood entry doors Wooden Front Doors

    Wooden exterior doors have natural beauty and timeless appeal. Attractive on many styles of homes, the classic good looks of wooden front doors makes them especially popular for traditional-style homes. Wood entry doors with raised panels are commonly found on Colonial and Queen Anne-style homes. Pella solid wood entry doors are made from mahogany and walnut and are available in a number of different styles and stain options.

  • Front door with sidelights Front Door with Sidelights

    Entry door systems with glass are a common sight on traditional-style homes. Cape Cod-style homes in particular, like many of those found around Shelburne, are known for their symmetrical front doors with sidelights. A narrow, vertical glass panel on one or both sides of a door, sidelights allow natural light to flood an entryway. Sidelights might only have glass in 1/4 of the panel or they may be full-length. Customize sidelights with decorative glass options, or, if privacy is a concern, choose from one of Pella’s obscure glass selections

  • Fiberglass Front Doors Fiberglass Front Doors

    While wood might have been the only entry door material available to the early settlers of Vermont, many homeowners today appreciate the curb appeal and durability fiberglass entry doors provide. Fiberglass front doors provide excellent energy efficiency and are capable of withstanding extreme fluctuations in temperature — especially helpful in a climate like Vermont’s. Traditional-style homeowners can find a suitable fiberglass entry door solution in a classic style and low-maintenance wood-look finish.

  • Victorian Front Doors Victorian Front Doors

    Queen Anne-style homes, like those found in Battleboro’s Canal Street-Clark Street Historic district commonly featured grand entryways, including double exterior doors and decorative glass. Whether made from low-maintenance fiberglass or natural wood, Pella entry doors are available in single and double configurations with multiple finish colors and decorative glass options, so homeowners can customize the Victorian front door of their dreams.

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Recommended Customizations1


Customize your new or replacement front entry door with hardware finishes and decorative options that express your personal style and that of your Vermont home. Consider how the addition of grille patterns, decorative glass, sidelights, transoms and other accessories can transform the appearance of your entryway.

Hardware

  • Classic Collection
  • Essential Collection
  • Rustic Collection
  • Multipoint Locking System

Transoms, Sidelights, and Grilles

  • Traditional Fixed Grilles
  • Traditional Between-the-Glass Grilles
  • Decorative Glass
  • Obscure Glass
  • ¼ Light Sidelight
  • Full Light Sidelight
  • ¾ Light Sidelight
  • ½ Light Sidelight

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

Vermont Climate Recommendations


Although Vermont experiences four distinct seasons, including beautiful fall weather and mild summers, the mean temperature of the state is 43ºF. While the whole state is subject to heavy winter snowfall, areas located near the water, like Burlington and Colchester, often experience lake-effect snow and wind. Keep your home comfortable and protected from the elements with a front door made with durable materials and insulating glass.

Winter Weather

Winter Weather

Frequent storms during the winter bring bitter cold and frozen precipitation. Help protect your door from the elements with a storm door2 from Pella.

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.

Fiberglass Doors

Fiberglass Doors

For good insulation and protection from drafts and leaks, choose fiberglass entry doors.

2Adding a storm door to a wood entry door voids the warranty and is not recommended.

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 Vermont 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.

  •   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?

Front Entry Door Projects in Vermont


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