Door hardware may not seem like a very exciting part of planning your home, but it’s the first thing you see when entering a house. The right set of exterior door hardware is important not just for reasons of security, but because it’s a great way to announce the style of your home to everyone who enters.
In order to choose hardware for an outer door, you need to know what type of door you have. Tubular doors are the most common type of door found in homes, and tubular hardware is usually fairly easy to install if your door has the standard bore holes. Mortise locks, in which a part called a mortise slides into a pocket in the door, are less common on residential doors, but offer greater security.
Whichever door style you have, you’ll want your hardware not only to fit the style of the rest of your home, but to make a great first impression. There are many choices available: you can get knobs, levers, or grips in a variety of colors (sometimes called patinas), along with coordinating plates called escutcheons or rosettes that go around the knob or grip. Different types of escutcheon or rosette can drastically change the look of the door, so you’ll want to take that into consideration when shopping.
Once you have your outer door hardware picked out, the next step is to choose inner door hardware that will complement it and give your home’s decor a unified appearance. It’s important to choose knobs or grips that will work with the rest of your design; for instance, all of the door knobs or grips within sight of each other should have the same color and style. You’ll want to be sure to have privacy locking sets for bedrooms and bathrooms, and non-locking sets are suitable for closets. Non-turning knobs called pulls or dummies can also be good for closets or kitchens.
Whatever your preferences, we can keep you and your doors outfitted. Call us or visit our showroom to begin choosing the door hardware that will give your home the style you want.