Door Hardware: At a Glance
Homebuilders or homeowners mainly focus on new paintings, flooring, cabinets, etc. while building a house or improving the existing one. Most of them overlook the finishing hardware touches. However, these hardware touches can impact a lot in the long run, so there is no way you can skip this. The doors are an essential item in our house. We have to be careful while choosing door hardware. Today, we will discuss some important factors regarding the door hardware that you can follow while purchasing it.
At first, we have to calculate the exact measurement of everything before buying any sets. If you do not get the actual size earlier, you might buy the wrong sized knob. You have to measure the cross bore, bore hole, backset, and thickness of your door.
Cross Bore Hole: It is the small hole that is located on the edge of a door and usually one inch in diameter.
Bore Hole: It is the place where the knob is mounted. The standard measurement of this is 2 ⅛ inches in diameter.
Backset: It is the distance from the center of the large bore hole to the edge of a door. Its standard size is 2 ⅜ inches or 2 ¾ inches. At present, most of the doors have a 2 ⅜ inch backset.
Thickness: Interior doors are usually 1 ⅜ inches thick and exterior doors are 1 ¾ inches thick.
We have discussed the measurement system above. Now, let us focus on the exterior locksets. A lockset can improve your house in many ways. It represents your taste in front of the guests. Thus, an elegant entry set is a must for every house.
Handle Set: You know handle sets are the new standard for exterior doors. It comes with a handle and deadbolt on a separate trim plate.
Exterior & Interior Pack: These sets are great if you like different styled door hardware for both outside and inside. Here, the door can be locked or unlocked simply via a turn of the handle with the interior pack. Similarly, the exterior pack has a handle and a lock outside the door and it will require a person to unlock it before entering.
At this stage, I would like to mention some interior handle sets as well. There are many interior locksets available in
Passage Handle Set: This is a lockset where there is no lock at all. It is used for gaining access from one place to another. It is commonly used in indoors. It is suitable for the places where no lock is necessary like closets, laundry rooms, basements, etc.
Privacy Lockset: Rooms like bedrooms, bathrooms, home offices, etc. are the place where you need privacy lockset. There is a push button which locks it from inside. There is a small hole on the outer part to unlock it in case of emergency.
Keyed Entry Lockset: This type of lock can be used on both interior and exterior as it can be locked from either side. One key is enough to lock or unlock it from either side. You can also use it to lock important items inside a closet.
It is wise to invest in door hardware for both safety and style. Purchasing from an outlet store is a great way to maximize your budget.