When selecting a new entry door, most people spend their time on colour, material and style. Door hardware is usually selected last to complete the look. But just because it’s chosen last doesn’t mean it’s not just as important. Think of it this way, Audrey Hepburn’s signature look in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” would not be complete without her pearls. The door hardware is the jewelry for your door . When adding the final touches to your door, here are a few things to consider when selecting the hardware:
What’s my style?
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Is your door style modern, traditional or rustic? This can help determine what type of door hardware will complement your design. For example, on a modern door you often will find hardware that is sleek, with clean lines and minimalistic. With a traditional door, handles that have more elaborate designs, trims and details would be a good option. Whatever your door style is, make sure to choose handle that will help complete the look.
Totally Tubular or Magnificient Mortise?
Say what? Okay, if you’re unsure what that means, these are the two popular locks.
A Tubular lock, the deadbolt and the latch from the doorknob/handle are in two separate holes. Tubular locks are seen on most doors as they are easy to install and don’t require special tools. Mortise lock offers more security because both the deadbolt and latch are placed in one hole. Installing a mortise lock will require special tools and will often need a professional installer.
Doorknob, Handle Set or Lever?
Example: Handle Set
Choosing the doorknob style comes down to functionality. You open and close your entry door over 1000 times a year so you want some that fits your needs. For instance, doors with levers are easier to grasp than doorknobs, especially for people who have arthritis. Levers are also a popular choice for modern doors.
Complete the look with the right finish
With so many choices to choose from, with brass, nickel, flat black, oil bronze, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. “Brass is back, alright”. It’s back and it came with a new friend — brass in satin finish. This goes well with modern and contemporary designs and complements deep rich colours. A modern entry door would typically have a stainless steel finish, whereas a rustic door would have an oil bronzed finish. There are so many choices when it comes to hardware. If you’re investing in a beautiful door, the last thing you want to do is pick any lock and doorknob.
Now that you have some knowledge of the many features and options available for door hardware, we hope you’re ready to select the type that best fits your needs. Thinking of a new entry door and door hardware for your home? Give my design office a call and we would be pleased to help you select the right door and materials to suit your home.
Ken Simpson, Principal and Project Manager for Fieldstone Windows and Doors known for providing the latest design solutions for your exterior window and door projects for more than a decade. Serving Markham, Richmond Hill, Toronto and GTA fieldstonewindows.com / instagram: instagram.com/fieldstone_windows
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