The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. This may sound trite, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Sometimes, even the smallest details can make a big difference. Let’s suppose, just for a minute, that you belong to an HOA that contains your entire neighborhood. There are bound to be many, many rules about how you can set up your home. Maybe your current door knocker is worn out? Here are some tips for how to approach this often underappreciated piece of home hardware.
The Two Main Types
First things first, let’s go over the two most common types of door knockers used these days. Even though the distinctions between them might not be apparent to the average homeowner, construction contractors are quite familiar with them: surface-mounted door knockers and through-the-door-knockers. Surface knockers are pretty much set up the way you might expect – they are held onto the door by a set of screws. Meanwhile, the through-door knockers are bolted onto the door itself so that they are more stable and secure. Even so, when it comes to picking which one you want, you will still have a tricky decision to make, especially since the through-door knockers can leave unsightly holes behind once they are removed.
Deciding Which Material to Choose
Like many other pieces of home hardware, such as mailboxes, you’ll find that they are fabricated from various materials. Metal is perhaps the most popular material for door knockers, but the real question is, how do you know which metal to pick? Let’s consider two examples: cast-iron knockers used to be widely popular since they were simple yet sturdy. Pewter, on the other hand, is no ordinary metal. It is actually an alloy; it is a combination of tin and copper that can add a flourish of elegance to your home’s front entryway.
Matching External Hardware with the Door
Every homeowner strives to find the perfect aesthetic to reflect their taste in home design. Here, you are presented with another choice: do you want to match the door-knocker hardware to the door with the same color, or select something different? It ultimately depends on the “style” that your home was built in. For light brown wooden doors, be sure to pick chrome or brass. A darker-colored door, surprisingly enough, looks even better when paired with black cast-iron hardware. Lastly, consider the handle of the door itself – the size and shape of that element of your door’s design will also have a tremendous bearing on the knockers that you end up installing.
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. We are well known throughout Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the 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, and Pinterest.