When installing a new door, you can’t forget about the handle and the locking mechanism. Not only does a good handle make operation more convenient and comfortable, but it also adds to your home’s security.
There are a number of door handles on the market, but the major types often fall under doorknobs, levers or handlesets. Below is a short discussion of their common characteristics.
The doorknob is the classic door handle. It’s usually round or square, and requires twisting to operate. It’s a popular door handle, but it’s not a good option for those with arthritis or some other physical impediment.
A lever is the better option for door handles as it does not require a twist of the wrist. It’s a great option for elderly occupants of the house who may already have problems with dexterity.
A handleset is usually used on the main entry door. It doesn’t usually have a locking mechanism on the handle itself. It requires pushing down on a thumb latch for operation. You lock the door by means of a matching deadbolt. This may also be a challenging piece of hardware for those with mobility problems.
Apart from ease of operation – taking into account mobility restrictions and aging – there are other aspects to look into when you’re choosing a door handle.
The look and material can have an effect on the appeal of the door, just like the locking mechanism on your casement windows. If you’re using a similar door in every room of the house, you may want to use the same type of door handle for uniformity. In many houses, the main entry door has the best handle, and the rest of the doors have one type of handle.
You should also consider the cost of the door handle. Find out if there are additional costs when the door handle is installed.
Before purchasing a handle, it’s best to try it in the display area at the store so you can have a good idea about how comfortable it is for you to operate.
At Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis, we offer energy-efficient windows and doors that come with a host of handle options. Call us today at (314) 983-9977. We work with homeowners in St. Charles and in other areas in Missouri.