Custom Front Doors for a Storied City

Custom Front Doors for a Storied City

The buildings in Washington D.C. — both public spaces and private homes — all help tell the story of our nation’s capital. Like many historic cities, Washington D.C. is home to a variety of architectural styles, ranging from the traditional Neoclassical style of the White House or many of the city’s classic Federal-style rowhouses to the modern appeal of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or the transitional style of new construction homes sprouting up in many of the city’s burgeoning suburbs. 

A home’s front entry speaks to the history of the home and personal style of those who live there. Luckily, front entry doors can be customized to reflect both style and history, so whether a home in Gaithersburg, Falls Church or Arlington, you can find a colorful fiberglass front door, a stunning wood entry door or a modern glass door that can be customized to suit.

Commonly known as: entry doors, exterior doors, house doors, front entry doors, outside doors, entrance doors

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Modern and Contemporary Modern Front Door

    Sleek lines and stark contrast are hallmarks of contemporary style. A glass front door can provide abundant natural light and a striking indoor-outdoor connection on a modern new home like those in Idylwood. If privacy is a concern, Pella entry doors are available with frosted and obscure glass options. Black front doors present another opportunity for homeowners to incorporate a modern touch into contemporary and traditional homes alike.

  • Wood Entry Wooden Front Doors

    Wooden exterior doors are timeless and traditional. Pella natural wood entry doors, made from mahogany or walnut, have an inherent natural beauty. Protect a solid wood entry door with one of Pella’s prefinished stains that allow the gorgeous wood grain to shine through. Enhance a wood entry door on an elegant Forest Hills home with formal details like clavos or hinge straps.

  • Fiberglass Entry Doors Fiberglass Front Doors

    Many homeowners appreciate low-maintenance fiberglass front doors for their versatility and energy efficiency. Fiberglass entry doors available in a wide range of color choices, including green, blue, white and red, and can be customized with additional architectural details and grille patterns to complement the unique style of your particular home. For homeowners who enjoy the look of wooden front doors without the upkeep, a Fiberglass front door in a wood-look finish provides the best of both worlds.

  • Entry doors with sidelights Front Doors With Sidelights

    Incorporating glass into a front entry door system brings additional sunlight into an entryway, which can be especially beneficial in narrow rowhouses where maximizing natural light is a priority. Whether serving a utilitarian or decorative purpose, sidelights — narrow windows that go on either side of an entry door — have timeless charm and help create an elegant welcome. Further customize your front door sidelights to your style by choosing from one of Pella’s beautiful decorative glass options.

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Recommended Customizations1


From the lines and finishes of front door hardware to grille patterns and additional architectural elements, there are myriad ways to customize your Washington D.C. front door to honor both the history of your home and your personal taste.

Hardware

  • Essential Collection Handle Sets 
    • Standard Bright Brass
  • Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve Handle Sets
    • Chesapeake Bright Brass
    • Del Mar Bright Brass
    • Chesapeake Satin Nickel
    • Chesapeake Matte Black
  • Multipoint Locking System Classic Collection Baldwin® Reserve
    • Del Mar Bright Brass
    • Del Mar Antique Brass
    • Del Mar Satin Brass
    • Del Mar Matte Brass

Transoms, Sidelights, and Grilles

  • Full Light Sidelight
  • ¾ Light Sidelight
  • ½ Light Sidelight
  • Craftsman Sidelight
  • Clavos
  • Hinge Straps
  • Traditional grille pattern
  • Square grille pattern

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

Washington D.C. Climate Recommendations


At the northern edge of the humid continental climate zone, Washington D.C. experiences all four seasons, with hot, humid summers, cool winters, and mild spring and fall temperatures. Precipitation is common year-round, with thunderstorms occurring commonly during summer months. Keep your front door protected year-round with durable materials and insulating glass selections.

Durable Materials

Durable Materials

Fiberglass and steel entry doors are low-maintenance options that can help stand up to the seasonal temperatures in D.C. These materials have long-lasting finishes to help resist wear from the sun and extreme temps.

Low-E Protection

Low-E Protection

For entry doors with glass or sidelights, Low-E insulating glass can help keep your home more comfortable and your energy costs down.

Weather Protection

Weather Protection

Storm doors help protect fiberglass and steel entry door frames from cold winters and humid summers. Preserve 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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