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Entry door hardware is more than just doorknobs and locksets. Most door hardware manufacturers offer entire coordinated product lines of hardware for the doorbell, letterbox, door knocker, and even exterior lights. Finishes range from polished brass to oil-rubbed bronze and styles range from Victorian to Arts and Crafts, to sleek modern examples. Select the style of doorknob and lockset that enhances the look of your chosen door, and the rest of your house facade. If you are replacing entry hardware on an existing door, make sure you take careful measurements before you order the new set.
Single-cylinder deadbolts are operated with a key from the outside of a home and a thumb turn from the inside. A double-cylinder deadbolt is operated with a key from both outside and inside the door. This offers a more foolproof security option against the burglar who relies on gaining access to a home by breaking through the door glass and turning the thumb turn to open the door. Always keep a key near a double-cylinder deadbolt, in case of fire or other emergency.
While you may have a doorbell and not have a practical need for a door knocker, you may still want to select a door knocker as an accessory to enhance the style of your entry door. Door knockers lend a traditional appearance to any style of door and are available in a wide selection of finishes. Some of the most common types of door knockers available are featured below.
S Door Knocker: The S door knocker gets its name from the shape. Unlike the traditional knocker it has a vertical handle.
Imperial-styled knocker: The knocker shown here is a variation on the traditional knocker. It has a more stately appearance. Shown with a nickel finish.
Ring door knocker: The ring door knocker is another popular style, and gets its name from its shape. It is shown here in satin brass.
Doorbells and Catches
Doorbell hardware surrounds the face of the doorbell button. Often screwed in place.
Letterbox plates were traditionally standard on most US homes but the letterbox has now largely fallen out of favor and use. However, it's still another way to customize and accessorize the look of your entry door.
Mortise locks are locking latch mechanisms that require a rectangular hole in the door edge. Some have a second round hole above for key operation.
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