Door hardware mainly refers to the knob or handle with all the latches and locking mechanisms. When shopping for front doors or patio doors, you’ll see that there are different types of knobs and locksets to choose from. Picking the right hardware can be confusing, so here’s a simple guide from Renewal by Andersen of Denver to help with your decision.
Types of Doorknob
Doorknobs come in different shapes, sizes and designs. The most common ones are the round and square knobs. However, other alternatives to doorknobs are lever-type handles and handle sets. Lever handles are generally easier to grab than doorknobs, so they’re often used to meet ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), barrier-free, or accessible design requirements. A handle set, on the other hand, consists of a thumb latch and a handle. It’s mostly used on exterior entry doors.
Whether you need hardware for front doors or French doors, take note of how the door attaches to the lockset spindle. On older styles of door hardware, the doorknob is typically attached using an exposed setscrew, which secures the knob to a square threaded spindle. A common disadvantage of this style of attachment is that the doorknob eventually becomes loose. If you don’t want this kind of hassle or you want the screws to be hidden from view, you can opt for a doorknob with a detent. A detent is a concealed device that uses no screw to attach a doorknob to the spindle.
Types of Lockset
There are various finishes and styles of locksets, but the most popular lockset types designed for homes include the following:
Passage Lockset – This does not contain a lock, and it’s basically intended for passage from one area to another.
Keyed Entry Lockset – This can be locked on both sides. The outside is typically locked and unlocked using a key, while the inside may be locked and unlocked with a turn button or a key.
Dummy Lockset – This is a non-functional lockset often used on doors for broom closets and linen closets.
Privacy Lockset – This is often used in rooms that need privacy, such as bedrooms and bathrooms. The inside can be locked by a push button or a turn button. The outside has no lock, but it may come with a small hole in the knob for a small emergency key.
Renewal by Andersen of Denver has been in business for several years. Due to our long experience in installing windows and sliding glass doors, we can guarantee top-notch craftsmanship in every job we handle. Call us at (719) 419-5496 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation. We serve customers in Denver and the surrounding areas.