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About Door Hardware

Door hardware serves two main purposes: improve the appearance of your home, and most importantly, keep your home secure. There are many types of door hardware for a wide variety of door types and locations. Upgrading your existing door hardware is typically a simple task which can be completed quickly.

Door Handle Types

There are 3 main types of door handles to choose from. Each handle type offers unique advantages in functionality and security. Selecting the proper style for your home depends on the people who will be using the door hardware the most, as well as, the look that appeals to you the most. Among the different door handle styles are a variety of themes and finish, allowing you to choose the handle that perfectly complements your home.

Door Knobs

Schlage F54-GEO Door Knob

Door Levers

Schlage F40-ACC Door Lever


Kwikset 800TVH-LIP-S Handleset
  • Available for nearly all door types
  • Typically installed with deadbolt on entry doors
  • Knobsets provide additional security
  • Available for nearly all door types
  • Commonly used in conjunction with deadbolt lock
  • Easy to operate, great for children, disabled, and elderly
  • Most popular on entry doors
  • Large construction adds a noble appeal to your door
  • Require mores holes in the door to install

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Deadbolts are a great way to increase the security and safety of your home. Deadbolts are easily installed or replaced. Deadbolts offer a higher degree of security than a common spring latch which is found on common door handles. A deadbolt lock can only be moved to the open position by rotating the lock cylinder. When the deadbolt lock is activated, a solid steel bar (bolt), is inserted into the steel plate in the door jamb.

  • Provide additional security for your home
  • Commonly installed on exterior doors
  • Installed above existing door hardware
  • Can be keyed alike with existing door hardware

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Schlage B60 Single Cylinder Deadbolt

Schlage B60 Deadbolt

Electronic Door Locks

The most popular new technology of door hardware is the electronic door lock. Electronic door locks feature a keypad for entering a code, allowing keyless entry. Electronic door locks feature a variety of benefits including increased security and convenience. Keyless entry via electronic door locks can be obtained by simply adding an electronic deadbolt, or by replacing your existing door hardware with an electronic door knobset, leverset, or handleset.

  • Keyless entry: Experience ultimate convenience
  • Easy installation: No hard wiring required
  • Increased security: No more lost or misplaced keys

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In this video, Muir demonstrates the convenience offered from an electronic door lock by Kwikset.

Door Hardware Grading System

Door hardware is graded by the BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It is a non-profit organization that provides performance standards for builder's door hardware. These standards help consumers easily identify the quality and durability of locksets. It is not a requirement that all door hardware be tested by the BHMA, and not all manufacturers choose to have its products tested. Below is a quick description of the grades ANSI/BHMA delivers:

  • ANSI Grade 3: Basic Residential Security
  • ANSI Grade 2: Light Commercial or Heavy Duty Residential Security
  • ANSI Grade 1: Heavy Duty Commercial Security

All ANSI grade's meet a minimum requirement of operation (key torque, cycles, etc.) and security (pull strength, impact resistant finish).


Door Hardware Terminology

Single Cylinder: A single cylinder door lock has a keyed lock on the exterior and a manual locking mechanism on the interior (thumbturn or push button).

Double Cylinder: Double Cylinder: Double cylinder locks are operated by key on both sides of the door. Double cylinder locks are useful on doors near a window because an intruder would not be able to unlock the door without a key. Double cylinder locks are often deemed fire hazards as they do not allow quick exit.

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Passage Door Hardware: Passage knobs and levers are found on hall and closet doors and are functional but do not feature locking ability.

Privacy Door Hardware: Privacy door handles are most common on bathroom and bedroom doors as they feature a thumbturn or pushbutton lock on the interior.

Dummy Door Hardware: Dummy knobs and levers do not have a latch, and do not rotate. Dummy door handles function as door pulls.

For complete door hardware information, visit our door hardware guide.

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