One of the things you can do to boost your home’s curb appeal is to get a brand new door. However, depending on the condition of your door, you might not need to; in that case, choosing some new door hardware might be enough to make a difference. Here are some tips on how to do that.
Choose Your Doorknob
Depending on the type of door you are modifying, there are different types of door hardware. One of the most important decisions you will face involves choosing the doorknob. Standard doorknobs may be round or square shaped, but it might be better to select thumb latch handles. Lever-activated handles are much easier to operate, especially for anyone in your family or for visitors who have disabilities that make turning a doorknob difficult.
Consider the Connection
Next, consider how the door hardware will be connected to the rest of the door. It used to be that a setscrew and spindle held the doorknob in place. However, although effective, this setup isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing. So if you’re looking to improve your home’s curb appeal, this isn’t the best idea. Here’s a trendier option you can try: a detent. The detent will hold the knob or handle in place without a screw, and all you need to remove it is a flat-head screwdriver.
Experiment with Locksets
Once you have decided the type of knob and connection you want, you’ll need to choose the lockset. Locksets are essential elements of any door hardware combination. When you are looking for the best one, however, there are four kinds usually available for residential purposes.
Passage: A passage lockset, despite the name, doesn’t have a lock in it. These are typically found on closets, pantries, and some bedroom doors – anywhere that doesn’t need much privacy.
Privacy: Privacy locksets are often associated with rooms in the home that call for some privacy, such as the bathroom or home office, and other bedroom doors.
Keyed: Keyed locksets are on entry doors and are the most familiar type of lockset.
Dummy: Dummy locksets are unusual. These are knobs or handles with no locks on them either. Found on linen closets and broom closets, they resemble passage locksets but work essentially the same way as cabinet pulls would in your kitchen.
Choose Your Door Hardware From WalterWorks
No matter what type of front door hardware and entry locks you choose, WalterWorks Hardware has the expertise and supplies you need. We are well known through the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia area 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, Google+, and Pinterest.