Entry systems 101: Understanding entry door and storm door options

Pella offers three lines of low-maintenance fiberglass and steel entry doors with virtually endless style choices and superior weather resistance. 

Premium steel

  • Features 24-gauge steel, already primed and ready to paint
  • Combines style with performance 
  • Naturally strong and durable, resists dents and dings 
  • Available in a variety of highly-detailed, embossed panels and decorative glass pattern options


  • Smooth-grain fiberglass entry doors
    • Variety of panel definitions that match Pella’s traditional wood-grain fiberglass and premium steel entry doors, so matching exterior doors in all areas of your home is a snap
    • Maintains the traditional joinery appearance of wood doors, but with a finer grain finish reminiscent of historical painted wood doors
  • Traditional fiberglass combines the best of both worlds — the warm, rich look of authentic oak, mahogany or fir wood with the low-maintenance benefits and outstanding performance of fiberglass composite material
    • Finely detailed wood-grain surface readily accepts stain or paint
    • Clear wood door edge completes the authentic look of a wood door
  • Both smooth-grain and wood-grain fiberglass doors resist dents and corrosion for years of beauty and durability
  • Both available in a variety of highly-detailed, embossed panels and decorative glass pattern option combinations
  • Fiberglass doors available with simulated divided light grille patterns—looks like individual panes of glass
  • A multi-point lock is optional on fiberglass entry doors—secures door at three points for added security

Construction feature

  • Factory-assembled and pre-hung for quality assurance and easy installation
  • Pella entry doors with an aluminum clad frame come standard with the exclusive Pella AdvantagePlus™ Protection System* that combines three key components.
    • First, Pella entry doors are protected by an aluminum clad exterior frame that is virtually maintenance free. It doesn’t need painting and it won’t flake, crack or peel. 
    • Next, the AdvantagePlus system has a tough snap-in aluminum exterior brick mould trim that extends the maintenance-free benefits to the area around the door. 
    • Finally, AdvantagePlus features a patented rot-resistant design.
  • Panels ready to paint or stain, or factory prefinishing is available.  
  • Variety of glass options including Low-E insulating glass with argon** and Pella’s exclusive decorative glass collections 
  • EnduraClad® aluminum clad exterior frame available in ten colors: White, Brown, Tan, Hartford Green, Poplar White, Putty, Brick Red, Black, Morning Sky Gray and Hemlock; primed wood frame also available 
  • Aluminum clad exterior one-piece fin/frame design allows for easy installation and reliable performance 
  • Hinges and hardware available in a variety of finishes, including standard brass-tone zinc dichromate, polished brass, antique brass, antique nickel, polished chrome satin nickel and stainless steel (outswing doors only.) 
  • Complete offering includes matching sidelights and transoms 
  • Mechanically fastened and sealed frame corners for improved structural performance 
    • Nylon frame corner locks to keep clad systems square and sturdy 
  • Flexible compression foam weatherstripping system helps prevent air and water infiltration
  • Energy-efficient and environmentally-safe core (CFC- and HCFC-free) in the door panel provides outstanding comfort and stability 
  • Threshold has adjustment capabilities to counteract house settling and ensure consistent performance and operation throughout the life of the door 
  • Transoms and other Pella products can be easily attached with mullion kits 
  • Glazing frames are composed of an engineered material for lasting good looks and durability
    • Wood-grain detail with self-aligning screw covers 
    • Primed and ready to accept paint or stain 
  • Six in-swing wall depths, one out-swing wall depth and one low-profile wall depth available

Decorative glass collection

  • Variety of decorative glass options to let the sun shine through brilliantly and add architectural elegance to any home style
  • Each glass design is hand-crafted and sandwiched inside a sealed insulating glass unit to deliver elegance, as well as meet energy efficiency guidelines in all 50 states.
  • Textured glass permits light to pass through, but also allows privacy
  •  Each decorative glass collection features a unique combination of glass style, texture and caming (the decorative metal used to assemble glass pieces into a design)
  • In clear glass, Pella offers a wide selection of entry doors, sidelights and transoms made with standard insulating glass or Low-E insulating glass with argon** 
  • For a classic style, choose simulated divided light, permanently attached grilles—the look of individual panes of glass, add removable interior wood grilles or select aluminum (permanently installed) grilles-between-the-glass

Styles and combinations

  • Each door goes with each sidelight or transom — virtually thousands of combinations to create a distinctive entrance
  • Twenty six entry door styles including full-light views, solid-panel designs, full ovals and our newest Craftsman and Rustic styles. 
  • Four sidelight styles and four transom styles 
  • Styles available as in-swing, out-swing or double doors


Ventilation options

  • The patented Pella® Rolscreen® retractable insect screen is there when you need it and out of sight when you don't;  glass panels glide up, down or stay in any position with single-hand operation
  • Flexible design features interchangeable full glass panels that can be switched for a full screen (screen comes with doors) with vinyl locking strips that hold the glass or screen in place, and snap in and out for easy
  • Self-storing style in which the glass panels and screen stay in the door together year-round

Style options

  • Fullview features full-length glass, allowing the maximum amount of light into the entryway, as well as the ability to showcase a unique entry door; available in clear glass, decorative glass, or personalized Select Expressions™ stained glass, with an interchangeable screen allowing the ability to switch from glass to full screen to bring in the breeze
  • Midview combines the increased durability and privacy of an expanded bottom panel while providing excellent light 
  • Highview frames offer the greatest amount of privacy and screen protection, perfect for high-traffic entryways

Standard frame features

  • Interchangeable glass is fully tempered for safety
  • Keyed deadbolt for added security on most models
  • Two color-matched door closers for smooth opening and closing 
  • Concealed exterior installation screws for clean look 
  • Heavy-duty hinges for trouble-free operation 
  • Lifetime Storm Door Protection Plan

Construction styles

  • Extruded construction doors feature contemporary frames with reinforced corners to keep the door square and the frame tight
  • Solid core doors feature an aluminum skin permanently bonded to the core, a low-maintenance surface with a heavier feel suitable for high-traffic entryways

Installation feature

  • Pella interchangeable fullviews feature Express Install™, an exclusive installation method that cuts installation time in half. Preassembled parts and factory drilled holes make it easy, and the installation requires no cutting. A typical homeowner installation can now be done in as little as 60 minutes.

* AdvantagePlus protection system is optional.

**High-altitude Low-E insulating glass does not contain argon.