Novalee Nash. Door Handles. October 01st , 2018.
The style of the door is very important and most handles are made to fit a particular door style. A good strategy is to choose a handle that complements the style of the door, so that it stands out not diminishing the style of the door too. For example, slick doors do not go with antique door handles. If the door is not at a very common place at home or not to be used a lot, simple handles are good options. Types of handles also depend on the area of residence. For example homes based near the ocean tend to get rust on everything specially the doors and the door handles, stainless steel handles are made for such houses.
The handle, as it exists today, is a relatively new invention dating to the mid-19th century, with the first American patent dated in the 1850s. Handles and knobs experienced a massive period of growth and development throughout the Victorian Era (1830-1900). Thousands of variations on the theme of the door handle, in combination with modern production methods, made door handles accessible to virtually everyone. Latches faded in popularity and use, relegated to service in barns and similar outbuildings where their simplicity and design function trumps external appearance. These handles today serve multiple functions. Among these functions, may include lock and key mechanisms, electronic locks, push button access that is either mechanical or electronic, high-security features and many other applications other than a simple push-pull device to open or close a door.
Lever operated door handles are very popular in European homes, as they are easier to use. This makes them suitable for elderly people, as this design of these handles does not require a tight grip; unlike the door knob, which may slip from the user's hand. The door knob is more commonly used in the United States because of its practicality and dual functions: it functions as a door latching mechanism and a lock at the same time. However, U.S. commercial and business establishments have woken up to the practicality of using the lever style of door handles. Aside from easy operation, they are less likely to jam. Further, the lever operated handles are more robust, and can withstand constant use.
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