Entry doors 101: Selecting the right door for your home

As an industry leader, Pella proudly produces quality windows and doors to meet customer needs,. For a deeper look at the dynamics of doors, here’s a quick download of the features found at Pella.

Features of wood entry doors

  • Pella entry doors are available in four stylish collections: Traditional, Craftsman, Classic and Old World European
  • Available in Rustic Walnut, Mahogany, Demesne Cherry and American White Oak
  • A variety of decorative glass options available to provide a distinctive look
  • True divided light with beveled glass options provide a classic look
  • Pella wood entry doors are prehung for maximum ease in installation
  • Available with choice of sill finishes, including Aluminum Mill, Anodized Brass and Anodized Bronze finishes, to match varied décor and finish preferences in today’s homes and businesses
  • Standard ball bearing door hinge options include black, bright brass, oil-rubbed bronze and satin chrome finishes, to match varied finish preferences in today’s home and commercial settings
  • Feature adjustable thresholds, foam compression weather-stripping, bottom sweep, and ball-bearing hinges
  • Available with single or double-bore hardware prep, or with a factory-installed multi-point lock for added security and performance
  • Where available, Pella strives to use wood from certified suppliers, supporting responsible forestry management practices
  • For best results and maximum life, wood requires regular maintenance to maintain its natural beauty

Features of fiberglass and premium steel doors

  • 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:
    • 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. 
    • The AdvantagePlus system features a tough snap-in aluminum exterior brick mould trim that extends the maintenance-free benefits to the area around the door.
    • AdvantagePlus features a patented rot-resistant design.
  • For added convenience, opt for factory prefinishing
  • For added style, choose from a variety of glass options including Pella’s exclusive decorative glass collections and Low-E with argon-insulating glass**
  • EnduraClad® aluminum clad exterior frame available in 10 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
  • Fiberglass entry doors are able to withstand dents and dings
  • 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) to match varied finish preferences in today’s home and commercial settings
  • Complete offering includes matching sidelights and transoms
  • Flexible compression foam weather-stripping system helps prevent air and water infiltration
  • Energy-efficient core in the door panel provides outstanding comfort and stability
  • Threshold has adjustment capabilities to counteract house settling and help 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
  • Six in-swing wall depths, one out-swing wall depth and one low-profile wall depth available

Decorative options

Entry door glass options

  • 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)
  • Variety of decorative glass options to let the sun shine through and to add architectural elegance to any home style
  • Exclusive decorative glass designs are sandwiched inside a sealed insulating glass unit to deliver elegance, and energy efficiency
  • Textured glass permits light to pass through, yet also allows privacy
  • In clear glass, Pella offers a wide selection of entry doors, sidelights and transoms made with standard insulating glass or Low-E with argon-insulating glass**

Grill styles

  • For a classic style, choose from a variety of permanent or removable grille options and standard grille patterns for the traditional look of divided light. Custom patterns are also available.

Caming style

  • From light to dark — from black to copper to satin nickel options — Pella offers a variety of caming materials to add decorative detail to doors.

Transom

  • A transom is a fixed window aove an entry door for extra light and view. Transoms with matching deocrative glass or grilles are available on Pella entry doors. 

Sidelight

  • A sidelight is a fixed window placed next to an entry door for extra light and view. Matching sidelights with decorative glass or grilles are availble on Pella entry doors. 

Clavos/hinge straps

  • Authentic decorative hardware options, like clavos or hinge straps, allow you to create an Old-World style entry door. 

Speakeasy

  • A small "door within a door" adds historic charm and style, while allowing you to identify visitors before opening the door. Available with or without grilles on Pella Architect Series entry doors. 

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* AdvantagePlus protection system is optional.

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