How to Choose the Best Exterior Door Hardware

Most homeowners consider exterior door hardware, such as doorknobs and hinges, as nothing more than utilitarian features. They can, however, significantly affect your door’s appearance, and make an impression on guests. If you’re in the market for a new set of hardware, the wide selection of choices can easily overwhelm you. Handyman Connection® of Jeffersonville shares three factors you can consider to narrow down your options:

Exterior Door Hardware

The Lockset

There are two main types of locksets: a cylindrical model and a mortise doorknob. A cylindrical lockset has a rounded body that intersects with a latch bolt. This is inserted into a second hole that’s drilled on the door’s edge. Its main drawback is that it doesn’t include a security deadbolt, so if you want to boost your home’s safety, we recommend investing in an extra deadbolt lock. That said, the cylindrical lockset’s classic, rounded shape makes it a popular choice for traditional homes.

A mortise lockset, on the other hand, features a rectangular body that slides into a pocket cut into the door’s edge. The workings for the handle, latch and deadbolt are contained within its large structure. Unlike with cylindrical sets, the knob on a mortise is interconnected with a deadbolt for improved security.

The Door

Exterior doors are usually thicker than interior doors. Since not all doorknobs fit doors of different thicknesses, be sure you choose one that perfectly fits your door. Another thing that you should consider is the backset dimension. This refers to the measurement from the center of your doorknob to the edge of the door. How much space do you need and how much is ideal?  As experts in the remodeling industry, we can help you determine the best one for your door.

The Style

Door hardware comes in a variety of finishes and shapes. If you’re having difficulty choosing one, simply look around and get inspiration from your home. What is your home’s architectural style? What are the colors of your exterior? You can complement these elements by choosing a similar style or create a contrast with unconventional features.

Handyman Connection of Jeffersonville can help you create your dream home with our different services. Contact us at (502) 709-7700 or (812) 913-5858 to learn more. You can also request a free estimate.

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