Don't Know Which Type of Hardware You Need? Here Are Some Tips

Don’t Know Which Type of Hardware You Need? Here Are Some Tips

January 2, 2019

Are you looking to upgrade the door hardware in your home because it’s outdated or not in the greatest condition? Here are a few things you should consider when shopping around for door hardware in Colorado.

Where the door is located

Is this an interior or exterior door? Where the door is located determines whether you can rule out any types of materials for reasons of durability. Exterior door hardware needs to be able to hold up to long-term exposure to the elements, which isn’t a concern for interior hardware. In addition, exterior doors should have more safety features, such as deadbolts with ANSI Grade 1 security ratings, which offers you the highest level of residential security you’ll find in door hardware.

Knobs versus levers

After you’ve pinpointed where the door is located, you’ll need to determine whether you’re looking for a door knob or a door handle. This depends primarily on your lifestyle, as well as personal preference.

For example, some individuals can have a hard time turning door knobs if they have arthritis. If you expect this to be an issue in your home, a door handle is probably a better option. In addition, if you have small children running around, knobs might be a better option as they are not as easy to open by young children who are curious about their surroundings.

For exterior doors, the type of deadbolt or handle set you choose might depend on how many guests you have coming over on a regular basis, or how frequently you have people coming in and out of your house. In some cases, you can choose hardware that is paired with technology that allows you to give every family member their own access code.


Some doors in your home do not need to lock, such as hallway and closet doors. For bedrooms or bathrooms, however, hardware that has locking features or privacy knobs can be beneficial. In some cases, you might even consider purely decorative door pulls that have non-turning knobs.


The type of door you have in your home will determine the type of hardware you need to install and the setup processes you have to use. You’ll need, for example, to make sure the dimensions of the door (particularly the thickness) match up with the dimensions the hardware will work with.


The last thing you should consider, though certainly not the least important, is the aesthetics your door hardware will offer you. There are many different types of finishes available for door hardware, so it can be difficult to make a decision when you’ve got so many options to choose from. Consider the styles you’re already using in your home for your décor and for hardware on cabinets and other doors, and see if you can find something that complements the style you have going on already in your home.

For more information about choosing door hardware in Colorado, contact the professionals at Custom Door Hardware today. We look forward to working with you!

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