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Essential door hardware guide & infographic
This entry was posted on February 20, 2014.
You can easily update the look of your doors with some new and modern door furniture. This is why we’ve put together our Door Hardware Guide and infographic to help you make the right decision.
There is a large array of choice on the market, making it easy for you to find something that suits the look of your home. Whether it is an interior or exterior door, the choices are endless so bear in mind how you want your door to work, handle or knob, and what look you're going for, this should help to narrow down the selection.
Door Hardware infographic
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When making your choice, there are various considerations you will need to make before you purchase your door hardware, including;
- The door
If you consider all of the above before you make your purchase then you should find the right door hardware each and every time.
Door hardware security
Security can be one of the most important features of door hardware, especially on an exterior door. You first need to decide what level of door security is needed. If it is an exterior door to your garage but there is nothing of value in there, you may consider a keyed entry door. Keyed entry doors are fairly is does not common but if you feel that this does not offer enough security then you can either add a deadbolt or even a mortise for the ultimate security. However, be careful when purchasing a mortise lock as you will need to purchase a size that fits with your door design. If you go too big, you could potentially weaken the door, making it less secure. With more than 250,000 burglaries in England and Wales each year, you can't afford to compromise on quality.
For internal security or privacy then you may want to consider something far more simple. Bathroom and bedroom door locks are common now and are not complicated to fit. Widely known as privacy door knobs/handles, these locks have a simple pin and push button design making them easy to operate. These are also far safer to use on internal doors. A keyed door could be a real fire risk on an internal door.
Door hardware finish
Once you have decided on the type of door knob or handle you want including the lock mechanism, you will the need to pick the style that most suits your home. If it is an internal door then you may want to consider existing fittings within your home such as light fittings, sockets and window fittings. If you already have a predominantly brass theme running through your home then it is best to continue with this. However, do be aware that when brass is used on an external door, it will change and tarnish over time requiring a regular clean with a brass cleaning product.
It is generally advisable that if you cannot find door hardware to match your other doors, you should consider changing all of your door hardware to match. Nothing looks worse than miss-matched door handles or knobs and it can bring down the look of your home.