Door Hardware; Handles, Hinges And Accessories Can Go A Long Way

Spring time will be here before you know it and there are probably several things on your “to-do” list that include home improvements. Many people will think to paint that one wall or change that noisy ceiling fan, but updating your door hardware, both exterior and interior, can make a huge difference for not a lot of expense or time. 

Investing in new door handles can set your home apart from others in your neighborhood that have “builder grade” door hardware and the appearance as well as the feel of the quality will be evident right away.

“We had Heckard’s Door install a new entryway for us and we loved it but I just couldn’t get over how much I loved the new door handle and how it made me dislike all of the other handles and knobs in the house. They all felt so cheap and chinsy. “said Samantha J. of Gainesville, Florida. “So we had them replace all of the handles and hinges to a new finish color and it made a world of difference. We are glad that we did it for sure.” 

If you can’t upgrade your current door or if you like the door(s) but want to spruce it up -changing the hardware is a great start. Remember to not only change the knob or lever but also the hinges and strike plates. Often times people are replacing entire doors because they do not function well as far as closing and latching and locking smoothly and many times, not all but often, the hardware is to blame at least in part.

20 years ago there were some selection for door hardware but most of the things that were different than the local hardware store had were not affordable for most homeowners. That is not the case any longer. Companies such as Emtek, who began in the mid 80’s in California making solid brass levers only, now offer hundreds of options, styles and finishes so that you can find something that fits you for sure.

With finishes such as bright brass, antique brass, satin nickel, antique nickel and oil rubbed bronze readily available from places like Schlage and Kwikset, Emtek also offers unique door hardware in rustic finishes. Sandcast Bronze is produced using ancient sand casting methods that result in very rich and rough natural feel. They also offer stainless steel and true wrought iron handles as well. One of the other neat finishes available is called “Lost Wax” in which the handle feels and looks as though it could be made of wax. 

You can also add things like custom knockers, peepholes, address numbers, doorbell plates, mail slots, hinge pivot stoppers, pull handles and push plates to different doors in the home. Don’t forget the cabinet door hardware either. Often times, especially with Emtek, you can match the exterior and interior door hardware styles and finishes with the cabinets in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

For an interior door, to change the handle and the hinges should be about $100 or less for something very nice and can be half of that number with most options from Kwikset and Schlage. 

Updating the door hardware also increases security. All of the major brands have really stepped up in terms of offering more secure hardware options from punch code locks with no keys to deadbolts that can’t be “bumped” to automated locking doors that are operated by your cell phone or tablet. You can now lock your doors from anywhere in the world without being home. On the flip side, you can also unlock them. So if your child is locked out because they forgot a key or if the plumber needs to get in, you can let them in remotely, without a key, and then lock it back after they leave. Cool stuff.