Why a Custom Entry Door from Great Plains Windows and Doors Might be the Best Option for Your Home

You’ve come to realization that it’s time to replace your front door, but what’s the next step? Before you start your entry door shopping at the nearest big box, it’s best to consider whether a custom entry door would be the better option for your home.

Most people think of custom-made entry doors as being only for big, new homes or homes where the homeowner wants to make a statement with a personalized design choice.

In actuality, the only way to get your door to fit correctly is with a custom designed entry door from Provia, especially in older homes with a size that isn’t available as a standard offering or where the old entry door has simply worn out.

It’s a purchase you won’t make often, so select an entry door that can provide you the highest level of satisfaction for the many years you’ll own your home and your door.When replacing an existing entry door, ordering a custom-sized door can eliminate installation issues and unnecessary extra work. Unfortunately, most manufacturers can’t turnaround custom-sized doors quickly, if at all, because of automation issues, floor space, or because they’re more focused on new construction (where standard sizes are typical).

That’s where Provia Doors stand out from the rest.  As our entry door partner, Provia, specializes in working with the remodeling industry, so every door that is assembled for us is custom ordered. By building only doors made to order, Provia can provide sizes, options, quality and service unavailable with any other door manufacturer.

Have a non-standard door opening? No problem. Unlike consumer-grade big box doors, which are cut down to fit your need, Provia’s professional-class doors are built to your exact measurements for a better fit and a more secure and energy efficient door. Are you worried about wall damage or unsightly paint lines when the original door frame is removed? As a millwork supplier, we can cover paint lines with variable width casing up to 3-1/2″. If you have an older home with custom or historic trim, we can typically accommodate or closely match the existing door trim. At Great Plains Windows and Doors we have custom casing styles, including Craftsman-style, to preserve the design integrity of your home.  Need to replace a door to meet ADA zero clearance standards? We can get that from Provia.

When it comes time to ship the doors to us, it arrives directly in our warehouse as a complete entry door system. The brickmold cladding for the exterior and the color-matched casing for the interior can be ordered to ship along with the system, saving time for door installers.

Choosing a custom entry door with Great Plains Windows and Doors offers much more than design personalization, it provides the confidence that the door you are installing will be a significant upgrade from the one you are replacing, with better comfort (no drafts), more energy efficiency, more security, better performance and longer life expectancy.

But how the door looks is an important part of the decision too, and that’s a big part of the reason we choose Provia.

ProVia offers its fiberglass and steel entry doors in a wide variety of styles, with or without glass.  Its custom entry doors come in a wide selection of panel styles both interior and exterior, and a variety of glass styles and designs as well as options for hardware.  Accessories like pet doors, craftsman-style hinge straps, speakeasies and kick plates also can be added.

What’s equally important to us is how your entry door is finished. Most doors purchased through other manufacturers have to be painted or stained by the contractor at their location or yours. By contrast, Provia paints or stains all its doors in a professional process that enables us to ensure a superior finish and provide a warranty on the finish of the door against flaking, checking, blistering or peeling for 7 or 10 years, depending on the product.

Looking for a door in a specific shade beyond our wide color palette? No problem. We can match any Sherwin-Williams paint color for a custom painted door, and can match your particular stain color.

Do you want one door style and color to complement the inside of your home, and another to match your home’s exterior? That’s not a problem. Since each door is built from scratch we are able to mix and match different panel styles, skin types and colors to match your exact specification.

Buying a new entry door is not an inexpensive purchase, no matter where you go.  The key, however, is that it’s a purchase you won’t make often, so select an entry door that can provide you the highest level of satisfaction for the many years you’ll own your home and your door.

Check out our Provia Door Visualizer or stop by our showroom to see how you can get started today.



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If you need some help looking at a entry door or patio door and evaluating it or coming up with a replacement door solution in St. Paul or Minneapolis, look no further than Great Plains Windows and Doors. Our residential window replacement experts are here to help. Find out more at or call us today at 651-207-4571.

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