Knock, knock! Who’s there? Well, not another corny joke. Today, we are going to explore the different types of door knockers. Knockers may not be as much of a standard feature as they once were (especially since the advent of doorbells). However, they can still make a decorative statement. Door hardware is a subtle way to help make your home distinctive from all the other homes and front porches on your block!
Back to Basics
We begin with the basics: it all comes down to one simple question. What are door knockers supposed to be? Likewise, what are some of the different types? Door knockers are durable pieces of home hardware. They are found on many homes, and their original purpose was to spare a person’s knuckles who wanted to enter the door and cross its threshold. Knockers consist of two main components: the plate and hinge. The plate is the backstop that attaches the knocker to the door; the hinge holds onto another piece, such as a loop, that you can pick up and swing to make that telltale knocking sound. Apartment doors, for instance, often have their knockers paired with a tiny peephole. That way, the residents inside can spy on who is visiting them.
Their Aesthetic Value
Next, let’s look at knockers meant to be decorations instead of performing some sort of actual function. As with many other home design elements, your taste and personality will influence the door knockers you choose. More often than not, door knockers are made from a sturdy metal that can withstand many different temperatures and weather conditions. These metals can be a humble brass fixture, an iron ring, or made from pewter and stainless steel.
Consider the Door Itself
Our next piece of advice is to think about the sound the newly installed knocker will make once it is set up. That’s why it is so important to consider what the door itself is made of; most houses you see have hollow metal doors. Larger plates with heavier knockers will make a much more noticeable and impressive sound with loud echoes. You’re also bound to encounter solid wood or hollow core doors. Fortunately, these doors won’t project as much residual noise after the knocker is used.
Accentuate the Rest of Your Home’s Exterior
Here’s something else you may not know about door knockers: they can complete the rest of your home’s exterior. Do you have a sumptuously appointed mini-mansion? In that case, a baronial look is a regal addition to your home’s curb appeal!
Choose Your Home Hardware From WalterWorks
No matter what type of home hardware and decorative touches you choose, WalterWorks Hardware has the expertise and supplies you need. Throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the northern Virginia area, residents love us for our fantastic hardware and unbeatable knowledge. For more information, please call us at (410) 263-9711 or contact us online. For more tips on choosing hardware for your home, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Pinterest.