Ordering door hardware online for your home can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. With a little bit of research and preparation, you can ensure that you order the right hardware for your doors and have it installed in no time! This article serves as a clear guideline to get you started off on the right track.
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Here are the steps to follow when ordering door hardware for your home:
- Measure Your Doors
First measure the thickness of the door, our standard residential locksets will work on doors from 1-3/8" to 1-3/4" thick. We do carry front door handlesets for thicker doors which will work up to 2-1/16" thick. The second important measurement is the distance between the center of the doorknob mounting hole and the edge of the door (also known as the backset). Our door locks all come with adjustable latches to accommodate 2-3/8" and 2-3/4" backsets which are the most common backset spacing for interior and exterior doors. Below is a diagram that shows these dimensions and how they relate to your door.
2. Determine the style:
The next step is to determine the style of hardware you would like to order. There are many different styles to choose from, including traditional, contemporary, and modern. Consider the overall style of your home when choosing the style of your door hardware. Keep in mind new trends which blend old with new such as "modern farmhouse" and the like. These designs are somewhat fluid and open the door to combining several design elements for a cohesive look.
3. Choose the finish:
Once you have determined the style of hardware you would like to order, you need to choose the finish. The finish you choose will determine the overall look of your door hardware. Some of the most popular finishes include black, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and chrome.
4. Consider the functionality:
It's important to consider the functionality of your door hardware when ordering. The primary functions are keyed entry, deadbolt, privacy, passage, and dummy. Keyed entry knobs contain a locking mechanism that requires keys for access, these are often paired with deadbolts for added security and are used on exterior doors. Privacy levers are interior locking handles used for bedrooms and bathrooms. They lock from the inside with a turnbutton and can be unlocked from the outside using a small access tool that is included with the handles. Passage handles are for interior non-locking doors such as pantry doors, laundry rooms, or walk in closets. Dummy handles are single handles that are surface mounted to the door using two wood screws, these are typically used on double closet doors that use a ball catch mechanism at the top. They function more as pull handles and do not contain a latch mechanism. Consider the type of doors you have and the level of security you need before making your final decision.
5. Place the order:
Once you have all the information you need, you can place your order for door hardware. Be sure to provide all of the necessary information, including the measurements, style, finish, and functionality, to ensure that you receive the right hardware for your doors.
In conclusion, ordering door hardware for your home can be a simple and straightforward process if you follow these steps. By taking the time to measure your doors, determine the style, choose the finish, and consider the functionality, you can ensure that you order the right hardware for your doors.
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