Door Handles. Monday , October 01st , 2018 - 18:36:04 PM
To most Americans, the terms handle and knob are synonymous. In Europe, however, door levers constitute the vast majority of door handles. Because of their utility and accessibility, door levers are gaining popularity in the United States. They are far easier for an individual physically challenged by arthritis, disease or injury to operate than round door knobs. While exterior and large door handles will eventually be supplanted by automatic opening mechanisms, door handles will continue to necessary for smaller doors on interior doors, cabinetry and other furniture for centuries to come.
Door handles come designed for specific tasks and so it is important to use the right one for the job, as an example using an internal door handle for external use can prove disastrous and it may well rust in no time at all. Also when it comes to fitting a lock to a door you will need to decide whether you are going to have a separate handle and lock, or a fitting that combines both. It may well be that like most people you do not need locks fitted to every door, however if you do need some doors to be fitted with locks, on storage cupboards as an example, and want to use handles fitted with integrated locks in them then make sure they are available in the range of handles you are considering buying. This is because it can be very easy to buy a range of handles only to decide you need some with integrated locks at a later date, but if they do not do them in the range, you may find yourself swapping out all of your handles for a new range. So a tip when buying is to make sure that the range you are looking at actually has all the handle fitments you need, to avoid a costly swap out at a later date. Also if you are buying ones for commercial premises then you may want to ask your supplier if the handles you are looking at purchasing will be suitable, as they will have to put up with a lot more "Traffic" in terms of how often they are opened and closed during the day, as well as how hard wearing the finish of the door handles is.
While you are looking at different types of door handles, you should also consider the colours and shapes of the handle, which should be purchased to match the look of the door. Antiqued doors, particularly in an older home, could do with a Victorian style lever door handle. More modern homes may be best suited by purchasing a modern, straight-steel effect door handle which looks very industrial and robust. Different styles of door handles suit certain styles and atmospheres in a home, and it is important to match these effectively.
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