Door Handles and Locks: Which Should I Choose for My Doors?

Spruce up your front doors with some glamorous door handles and locks. Here’s how to choose which ones will look great!

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All families want to give personality to their homes. The door hardware is a thing that can help you in bringing the best out of your house, so selecting the door locks and handles might not be such a bad idea. If you make a plan from the very beginning, you’ll get better results.

When you choose the the right door locks and handles for your home, you need to take into account a few things. We’ve written this article to make things clear for you.

The Style

For this, you need to take a look at the overall theme of the house and then see what kind of handles you want to buy for your rooms.

If you went traditional with the door furniture, then you might not want to choose the angular handles. If you went for the contemporary curves with a straight chrome door handle, the contrast could get ruined. It’s also important to keep in mind the design of the door. Many people choose different door designs for each floor; some want the same door for the entire house. If you went for the second one, you would need the same kind of door handle for the entire house. It’s really important to take into account the door and then look for the perfect handle.

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The Front Door and Security

You need to have locks to have a secure house. If you want to change all the locks from all the doors around the house, then you have to choose between the tubular style and the Mortice. The tubular system is very popular with people, but Mortice is also a good deal. The tubular ones are easy to fit, and you don’t need special tools to install them (or the training). Mortice actually offers a bit more. If someone comes and strikes your door, the lock can weaken.

You can be safer with a Mortice Lock. They also come with a lifetime warranty, and they’re five times stronger than the tabular one. It’s anti-drill and tamper proof and it comes with an integrated deadbolt.

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The Interior Handle

The decision you take when it comes to door knobs depends on the use of the doors in your house and on the style. There are some people who want door knobs, others who like door levers. Door levers are a good deal, especially since they’re easier to open for elderly, children, and people with disabilities. Make sure you know exactly what you want before you buy one.

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The Function of the Door

After you’ve decided on renovating your home with new hardware, you need to decide the function. For closet and hallway doors, you might want a non-locking knob or lever. You might take into account locking when it comes to bathrooms and bedrooms. For decorative door pulls, you will want to go for a non-turning knob or lever. For outside, a keyed knob or lever.