What you need to know before you start shopping for new doors. Find out how a new front door increases your home's value and view.
You’ll have a hard time finding a project that brings as many benefits – and stretches your investment dollar farther – than new doors. Here are some of the benefits you’ll start enjoying from day one:
A patio or entry door plays an important role in framing the moments that matter to you most, making every day a little brighter and more comfortable. With a wide variety of styles available, you can choose the right one for your home.
As you start shopping, consider these five things to help you focus your search:
Each door material type has its own unique attributes and distinctive styles. When choosing between wood, fiberglass, vinyl and steel, think about the features and benefits that are most important to you, then select an option that works with your budget and lifestyle.
A wide variety of patio, entry, storm and garage door styles and finishes are available. So choosing the right option will depend on your personal preference, the style of your home, the purpose or function of the door, and your budget. Here are the main types you can choose from:
Whether you’re replacing an old door or installing one for the first time, a new patio door can add beauty, comfort and performance to any room. Here’s an overview of the most popular types you’ll find on the market.
Hinged and French Patio Doors
Hinged and French wood patio doors offer stunning design. You have your choice of two doors that swing open from the middle, one movable with one fixed door or a single door for simple elegance.
Sliding Patio Doors
Since they don’t swing open, sliding patio doors require less floor space, allowing you to place furniture nearby. They’re a great source of natural light and are available in multiple styles and material types, including beautiful wood, durable fiberglass and low-maintenance vinyl.
An attractive entry door plays an important role in your home's curb appeal. But besides looking great, the right door will bring performance benefits that help protect your home from the elements, including heat, cold, wind and rain.
From traditional to craftsman, or classic to “Old-World” European, a wood entry door is a beautiful and timeless choice that creates a warm welcome in your home.
Fiberglass or Steel
If you choose a fiberglass or steel entry door , you can be assured you’ll get a low-maintenance product that will stand up to the elements. You can also personalize your door by choosing from dozens of styles, including options with or without glass.
A good storm door is designed to enhance the entrance of your home – giving you more ways to let light and air in and keep the weather out. There are a variety of storm door styles to suit your needs.
Fullview / Interchangeable
Fullview or interchangeable storm doors feature a full glass panel that can be switched out for a full screen – great for seasonal ventilation needs. This door provides maximum light while also helping to showcase your entry door.
Rolscreen’s retractable screen provides ventilation when needed. This particular operating system lets you raise and lower the screen to any position with one hand.
In self-storing storm doors, the screen and glass both stay in the door year round. The glass panel can be raised to allow for airflow for instant ventilation changes. Self-storing storm doors may be available in fullview styles for maximum views, midview styles with more frame area for added durability, and highview styles that offer the most privacy and are great for high-traffic entryways.
Whether you’re looking for beauty, durability, low-maintenance benefits or affordability, a wide variety of garage door styles means you can easily find one to fit your needs. Like other doors, garage doors are available in multiple material types, including wood, steel, aluminum and vinyl.
Finishes and colors
If you like color choices, you’re in luck. Doors are available in a wide range of finishes and colors to complement both the interior and exterior of your home. Depending on the patio door or entry door, you may be able to choose from dozens of options to find the one that’s right for your home.
New innovations, including weathertight technology and more durable frames, not only keep your home protected against drafts and leaks, but keep your entry door looking great for years.
Decorative glass options help bring your entry door the added style, privacy or natural light you’re looking for.
Sidelights and transoms
For even more natural light and curb appeal, consider adding sidelights and transoms around your entry door. There are a variety of shapes and styles to create the dramatic entrance you’ve always wanted.
Between-the-glass blinds, shades or grilles
Pella offers wood doors with snap-in technology, which lets you easily change your blinds, shades or grilles whenever you want a new look. And because they’re tucked between the panes of glass, they won’t harbor dust and allergens like typical door fashions do.
Grilles create the look of individual windowpanes, giving you the most authentic look of true divided-light doors. There are several door grille types, so you can choose one that best fits your home’s architectural style. Some grilles-between-the-glass make the door easier to clean, too.
Door hardware can be as beautiful as it is functional. You’ll have your choice of today’s most popular finishes to coordinate with other decorative finishes in your home – such as light fixtures and cabinet hardware.
Trim for wood doors
From Colonial to Craftsman and Ranch to Provincial, you can choose from a variety of interior and exterior trim options that give you fresh new ways to frame your view. The more styles available, the more likely your doors can stay true to your home’s architectural style and décor.
Energy-efficient glass options
Choosing the right glass for your region and your home is as important a decision as any you’ll face when buying a door. For optimum energy efficiency, choose two or three panes of glass. And look for doors with Low-E (Low-emissivity) insulating glass with argon between the panes to block more of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. For maximum energy performance, choose products that meet ENERGY STAR® requirements.
Door screens are important to your home’s light, ventilation and view. Today’s innovative high-transparency screens are practically invisible, which helps you bring the outdoors in. Pella’s retractable screens (available on certain products) roll up and down like a shade to maximize your view and allow more light into your room.
Improved energy efficiency is a benefit everyone expects when they install a new door. But there are a lot of factors, including proper installation that will eventually determine how much improved performance and comfort you’ll see in your home.
Here are five things to look for:
ENERGY STAR® certified. This designation means the government has certified that the product meets or exceeds energy performance standards in your state.1
The NFRC label. The National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) is a nonprofit organization for the window industry that developed an energy rating system based on whole-unit product performance – not just the glass performance. It's the only reliable way to determine the entire window’s energy performance and compare products side-by-side.
The NFRC label includes two important ratings:
1. The U-Factor represents the heat rate that flows out of the window each hour. The lower the number, the better the glass insulates.
2. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) rating measures the amount of solar radiation that enters as heat. The lower the number, the less heat the glass allows in.
Shopping for patio and entry doors isn’t something most people do every day. That’s why it’s important to talk with a professional who can help make sure your project goes off without a hitch.
An in-home appointment is a great place to start. Think of it as shopping from the comfort of your home. Your representative will ask you what you’re looking for in a door, show you samples and take the necessary measurements. Once that’s done, they’ll have the information needed to provide you with a quote. In most cases, the quote and the visit are free.
When you call to schedule your in-home appointment, the representative will ask a few basic questions to get a feel for your home and your project:
During your appointment, your representative may ask you about preferred door styles and features, how much you’ll use the product, whether you have children or pets, and other questions focused around your lifestyle.
When it comes to shopping for doors, don’t leave any stone unturned or question unanswered. It’s your home, after all. And you want to trust that your project will be done right and according to your expectations.
A company’s answers to these questions will help you determine whether they’re the right partner for your project:
To help you better prepare, here are two other lists of questions you’ll want to ask door replacement companies before you make a final decision:
Scheduling an in-home consultation
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Planning your budget
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Understanding your installation options
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