Western Massachusetts Front Doors

Customizable Entry Doors for Traditional Homes

Traditional styles of homes are prominent in the Northeast, especially in the original colonies, and Central and Western Massachusetts are no exception. From Greenfield to Framingham, West Springfield to Shrewsbury, Victorian-inspired homes, Colonial revivals and farmhouses abound. 

Historically, traditional-style homes featured wood front doors with hardware and molding details that spoke to the design of a particular era. Today, it’s still common to find traditional-style front doors on traditional homes, but advances in entry door technology provide homeowners with a wide variety of options for customizing a new or replacement front door to complement their unique homes and personal tastes.

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

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Popular Local Trends & Styles


  • Fiberglass front doors Fiberglass Entry Doors

    Homeowners in Central and Western Massachusetts are no stranger to extreme weather, with winters bringing heavy snowfall and summers ushering in humid heat waves. Pella fiberglass entry doors, with composite frames engineered for maximum energy efficiency, are capable of withstanding extreme fluctuations in temperature. Fiberglass front doors are available in a wood-look finish and a variety of styles to match traditional-style homes. For homeowners who want the look of a painted front door without the upkeep, fiberglass doors are an excellent choice and are available in a wide range of colors and finishes.

  • Wood entry doors Wooden Front Doors

    Whether a Colonial home in Longmeadow or a farmhouse in Greenfield, wooden exterior doors lend authenticity to traditional-style homes. Crafted of mahogany and walnut, Pella wood entry doors have timeless beauty. Customize wood doors with glass, grille and hardware options that suit your style. Protect your wood doors and let that gorgeous natural wood grain shine through with a prefinished stain of your choosing.

  • Fiberglass door with sidelights Front Door With Sidelights

    Incorporating glass into an entry door system, whether through entry door glass, sidelights or transoms, has traditional appeal. Sidelights, glass panels placed vertically along one or both sides of a front door, help flood the interior space with natural light. Available in 1/4 light, 1/2 light, 3/4 light and full light configurations, sidelights can be tailored to meet the needs of your home. If privacy is a concern.

  • Double entry doors in Craftsman style Double Exterior Doors 

    Make twice the impact on guests with double entry doors. On homes where space allows, double exterior doors have symmetrical appeal and create a wider opening for easier traffic flow. Double entry doors can lean more contemporary or ultra traditional depending on the customizations. Elegantly detailed double doors heighten the sense of grandeur on Victorian-style homes, while geometric lines and minimalist hardware enhance the look of modern front doors.

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Recommended Customizations1


There are a number of ways to enhance your front door. Play up the traditional look with decorative glass or grille patterns on sidelights, decorative accessories on wood doors and hardware in a timeless finish.

Hardware

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

Transoms, Sidelights, and Grilles

  • Full Light Sidelight
  • ¾ Light Sidelight
  • ½ Light Sidelight
  • Craftsman Sidelight
  • Double Door
  • Dual Sidelights
  • Left (Or Right) Sidelight

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

Western Massachusetts Climate Recommendations


Western Massachusetts is part of the humid continental climate zone, meaning homeowners here experience four distinct seasons. Summers bring heat and humidity and winters bring frost and snow, while spring and fall provide pleasant daytime temperatures and cooler evenings. Thanks to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean, Central and Western Massachusetts experience the effects of the occasional nor’easter or tropical storm. Keep your home protected from the elements with durable and energy-efficient front door materials.

Extreme Weather

Extreme Weather

Central and Western Massachusetts can be affected by extreme weather events such as nor’easters and tropical storms. Consider adding a layer of protection from extreme weather in the form of a storm door.

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.

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 Western Massachusetts 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?

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