Choosing a door handle is determined by factors such as style and how you want it to function, plus where you want the door handle to be. Door handles come in two styles; knobs and lever handle, while depending on which one you require. Both need due consideration when selecting the right one for your doors. Door levers handles have been touted as the less difficult to use and come in a myriad of shapes and sizes. But how then, do you choose the right one? Below are five factors to consider before making your decision.
Cost of the handle
This has to be a fundamental consideration for anyone, as you would love to have the best handle the market can provide. You would not wish to stray from your specified budget. Numerous times poor choice in handles can lead to additional unforeseen costs, especially for door accessories. Handles latches and other accessories are often sold separately when purchasing doors, and thus, consideration should be made to avoid disappointment. If you are purchasing replacement handles, it is important you only buy what fits into your door.
Look of the handle
The theme in your home will affect this consideration; for instance, the type of door in your home will affect your choice in handle style. If you have similar doors all around, you will need only purchase one type of handle. On the other hand, if your doors are different for every floor or section, you will have to mix styles, selecting the more stylish ones for rooms most often used.
Handles can add some flair to the overall look of the door, by complementing the style of the door and your home in general.
The type of door can influence your choice of the handle in numerous ways. Some doors are reinforced with heavy wood and, thus, require handles that can handle that weight without getting broken after minimal use. Certain doors, such as exterior doors, cannot handle hardware like handle sets, which come in sets of a handle and a deadbolt, which requires an additional hole to fit in.
This aspect is vital since you will need to find out the expected frequency of particular door use, whether the door can be use used by the old and young. This consideration will help you choose a door handle that will suit the door while enabling easy access to the room behind the door. Some handles are best used in the front entrance while others suit furniture doors only.
Some handles offer better security than others. A Mortice style lock system uses the strength of the door to secure it from intruders. During installation, a small aperture is created on the edge of the door where the lock is fitted. This provides far greater security than any other locking system in the market, such as tabular or rim locking systems. These are preferred by installation technicians due to their ease of installation and door repair. Mortice locks are drill resistant and have a heavy-duty mechanism preventing any weakness due to frequent use that intruders can capitalize on. The system also has a special type of cylinder that offers up to two thousand different key combinations, making it impossible for a thief to carry one master key to open this type of locking system.