How Long Does a Typical Door Handle Stay Secure?

How Long Does a Typical Door Handle Stay Secure?

October 14, 2020

Almost from the moment you purchase your home, you’ll start learning a tough lesson: everything has an expiration date. From the various bits and bobs that make up your home’s HVAC system to the insulation that’s stuffed between your walls, everything has a definite period before it achieves uselessness. Believe it or not, the same goes for your home’s door handles.

So, how long does a door handle last in Colorado? The answer isn’t as simple as you’d think.

By the numbers

You might not think there’s someone out there doing “door knob” math, but you’d be wrong. In fact, a bargain-basement cheap doorknob should last a family about 50,000 turns. Now, let’s also suppose that the doorknob is being used on a fairly regular basis, about five to 10 times a day. That would put your bargain-basement knob at a lifespan of around 15 to 20 years.

That said, the determination of how long a door handle is secure in Colorado depends on far more than just the factory grade.

There’s no set time limit

It’s impossible to put a time limit on most door handles, since there is such an enormous selection to choose from. Some materials break more easily or wear down more quickly. Some materials are built to stand the test of time. But several other factors go into the lifespan of your door, as well. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • How much use does the doorknob get? The more use, the more likely it is to malfunction.
  • How old is the doorknob? Unless you’re explicitly purchasing sturdy antiques, there is only a limited amount of time in a door knob’s lifespan.
  • Is the door outside or inside? It probably comes as little surprise that door handles exposed to the elements tend to have shorter longevity than indoor-only knobs.

In short, the environment surrounding the door handle plays more into the handle’s lifespan than any particular component in the doorknob.

Mix it up

For most homeowners, their door handles will never see the end of their factory-determined lifespan because tastes change much quicker than a door handle degrades. As your taste in home décor changes, there are few more effective ways to subtly transform your space than by swapping out your home’s door handles. This simple (and easy) gesture can turn your ho-hum room into something more special. All you need is the right accent!

Your hardware pros

If you want to know how long a door handle lasts in Colorado, then come to the pros at Custom Door Hardware. We have built a reputation for high-quality products at competitive prices over the course of the past 20 years. We can provide a wide variety of hardware for doors, cabinets and bathrooms. All it takes is one visit!

Whether you’re replacing worn hardware or just spicing up your home décor, Custom Door Hardware can help. Pick up the phone and give us a call or stop by today. We can’t wait to meet you.

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