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A Quick Guide to Selecting Door Hardware

Door hardware is a critical component of any kind of door. So, whether you’re installing a sliding door or a French patio door, make sure to select quality hardware that can add to the appeal and security of your door.

Selecting Door Hardware

Today, we discuss a few things to consider when choosing door hardware.

Door Knob Types

You can opt for a round or square doorknob, or something that isn’t a knob at all. Lever-type handles are a great option if you’re designing a barrier-free or accessible space. Lever handles are typically easier to grab than the traditional door knobs, and they meet Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Another option that you can consider is a handle set, which is a combination thumb latch and handle typically used in exterior entry doors.

Doorknob Connection

Much like in windows installation, proper installation of hardware is also important in door installation. And to ensure that your door will function accordingly, you should pay attention to how the doorknob will be attached to the lockset spindle. Older-style hardware is typically attached using an exposed setscrew, which secures the knob to a square-threaded spindle. Meanwhile, the more popular method used today does not use any screws at all. It utilizes a concealed device called a detent instead.

Lockset Types

There are four basic types of lockset for household use: passage locket, privacy lockset, keyed entry lockset and dummy lockset. Passage lockset does not contain a lock because it is designed for passage from one area to another. Privacy lockset are mainly used for access to rooms requiring privacy, such as bedrooms and bathrooms. Keyed entry lockset is lockable on both sides, and it is the standard lockset used for entry doors. Lastly, dummy lockset are designed with just a knob or handle that does not turn or activate any locking or latching mechanism.

Whether you need casement windows or French patio doors, you can rely on Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis to provide you with excellent choices. We ensure high-quality materials for every project we handle, so you can have peace of mind that you’re making a worthwhile investment. 

Call (314) 332-2364, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We serve homeowners in St. Charles, MO, and the surrounding areas.

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